“Separated by the Sea (Pt.1)” is a departure from Coffee House Anarchists’ earlier work in terms of style and content. A dark, pleasant record that reinterprets the past in order to create something new. The Coffee House Anarchists constantly come up with something new and entertaining to listen to. Give them a chance to speak!
“Separated by the Sea (Pt. 1)” is an album comprised of songs that appear to be inspired by the sea. Through echoes, drones, distortion, and a direct vocal delivery, Coffee House Anarchists create a dark atmosphere that sets the mood for each of the tracks: the mysticism of “Beneath the Willow Tree,” the melancholy of “Spanish Ladies,” the sadness of “Slow Ships,” the anger of “3.1.24,” and the playfulness of “Summer Icumen In.” The gloomy mood and words bind an otherwise disparate collection of tracks into a cohesive whole. Despite their differences, all of the album’s tracks deal with the sea in some manner, whether through words, style, or provenance.
Separated by the Sea (Pt. 1), the seventh album by Coffee House Anarchists, has gloomy, sombre compositions that complement the pictures of the events told in the lyrics: Emotional stories with unexpected twists and turns. The CD is a fascinating and effective attempt to resurrect the old folk genre and give it a contemporary spin using modern music production techniques. Separated by the Sea (Pt. 1) features noises that the listener has never heard before, immersing them in unknown region that begs to be explored.
Coffee House Anarchists also plays around with the genre. The band chose to employ cutting-edge production techniques to tackle a genre that isn’t as popular as it once was: traditional folk. From a more typical alt-rock tune to sea shanties, Separated by the Sea (Pt.1) has it all. Even within the same album, Coffee House Anarchists are not afraid to explore with their own creative freedom, allowing for a clear contrast between the tunes. Listening to the record becomes thrilling for the listener since they have no idea what to anticipate next or in what direction the album will go.
The Coffee House Anarchists were founded by two English brothers who had been playing together since they were children. They eventually relocated to the south of France, where they were joined by a French bassist. They started out with a more typical rock sound, but as their career grew, they developed their style and experimented with various music recording and production methods. Since then, the band has released six albums and four singles, all of which have found popularity on streaming services. Coffee House Anarchists pride themselves on continually altering their sound and never recording the same album again, therefore each of these albums has its own distinct sound. As a result, the band is able to push their creative boundaries to the extreme. This approach is stated in Part 1 of Separated by the Sea.
- Beneath The Willow Tree
- Spanish Ladies
- Slow Ships
- Summer is Icumen in