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Hydrogen Seaâ€™s debut album â€˜In Dreamsâ€™ is the next chapter in this young bandâ€™s intriguing story. On their first full length, they reconcile the electronic with the acoustic in eleven stunning pop songs.
Hydrogen Sea is Birsen UÃ§ar and Pieterjan Seauxâ€™ musical lovechild. The band formed in 2011, four years after these night owls united. When night falls and the city settles down, they start composing. Multi-instrumentalist Seaux is the creator of Hydrogen Seaâ€™s â€˜slow motion technoâ€™ and its intoxicating melodies. He particularly has a knack for blending layered electronic elements with acoustic instruments. UÃ§ar is the vocalist and writes the lyrics. She longs to translate stories into music while creating a cinematic atmosphere. Birsen aims to captivate her beholders and to absorb them completely.
The bandâ€™s debut EP â€˜Court the Darkâ€™ came out on Unday Records in 2014. The vinyl release sold out in no time and its tracks were instantly featured on several impactful Spotify playlists. The two of them also joined Selah Sue, Gabriel Rios, Oscar and the Wolf en Joan as a Policewoman on tour. They played over 100 shows in New York, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Hydrogen Sea worked hard, hired a drummer and grew into an impressive three piece live band. They wrote, explored, and developed their distinctive sound. In the shadow of their work for Hydrogen Sea, the band members collaborate with other artists, such as Selah Sue. Birsen even co-wrote the Belgian Eurovision entry.
In 2016, itâ€™s time for the next chapter. â€˜In Dreamsâ€™ is Hydrogen Seaâ€™s first full length album. They recorded it at Joris Caluwaertsâ€™ (STUFF.) studios in Antwerp and finished it in Glasgow with Tony Doogan as additional producer and mixer. The Scottish maestro is best known for his work for the likes of Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, David Byrne and, recently, Minor Victories.
Birsenâ€™s vocals evoke Little Dragon, Azure Ray or Lâ€™altra. The compositions are entrancing and gloomy, the bass lines are reminiscent of Massive Attack and Portishead.
If â€˜In Dreamsâ€™ were a photo, it would be taken at slow shutter speed. Hydrogen Seaâ€™s debut is a glimpse into their nocturnal dream world, mysterious and lushly arranged. Welcome into their universe.
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