Sea Bed – Rosso review

Over the past few weeks we’ve been getting pretty excited about Brighton based duo Sea Bed, after the release of debut single Haunted and follow up track Caves. Adding a raw instrumental twist to the electronica genre, the pair recently released their debut EP, Rosso, on April 6th. The four track offering sets them in good stead for the year, and with their first single already racking up well over a thousand listens on SoundCloud, they’re definitely heading in the right direction.

The pair, Lizzie Massey (vocals/bass) and Jim Corbin (guitar/programming), met in the local eclectic electronic music scene, and in 2014 meshed together to form Sea Bed. With this raw instrumental twist in the field of electronica that’s so thickly populated, the duo have found a way to give themselves a compelling edge whilst remaining in close contact with the sublime and grafted sound that exists in the electric side to their music.

Dark Embrace opens the tracks, with subtle changes and furtive shifts in the moody and thick instrumental adding bouncy undertones to the all consuming power of the captivating music. There’s a snowball effect kicking off in the music, building power as the sound layers up and merges with hints of trance music – not a design that’s created lightly, there’s a lot of weight behind every adjustment in the sound.

Next up is Rosso, beginning things in a very scattered pattern before proceeding to ebb and fall intermittently, somehow still displaying control despite the hear on random pace of the track. Lizzie’s vocals stand out here for their ability to mingle with the track and blend the gap between vocal and instrumental. With its addictive chorus and smooth contrast of bass and electric pops, it’s easy to see why Caves is such a favourite of their work, though every track holds the same single potential.

Quieter and more understated than CavesHaunted is vaguely reminiscent of Avicii’s Silhouettes, with a splash of chilled-out Nero thrown in. Lizzie’s vocals are entirely enthralling, though by the time the spoken word cuts through the music, it edges on something more sinister than vaguely melancholic. Working well as either a chilled out night in track or one to warm you up for a night out, Haunted is a perfect evening song. Check it out below.

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