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It’s the perfect commission for British Sea Power: a soundtrack to a documentary of archive footage about Britain’s relationship with the sea.
The resulting recording, which comes with a DVD of Penny Woolcock’s film From the Sea to the Land Beyond, finds the Brighton band toning down the bombast for a more muted, elegiac style, all gently swelling guitars and hypnotically tugging rhythms, lowing trumpets transmitting a sense of nostalgia for a lost way of life like foghorns in the mist.
British Sea Power
From the Sea to the Land Beyond