NEW YORK CITY | December 22, 2017 – Late Sea are not afraid to create music that challenges listeners to question and reimagine everything they know. Jerusalem-born singer and composer Izzy Gliksberg and his band craft lush, dynamic soundscapes that fall somewhere between experimental electronic rock and indie-pop. The band’s new EP The Writers Trilogy explores this unique musical confluence. Gliksberg’s cryptic lyricism, delivered in his trademark sing-speak style, fearlessly traverses the dark terrain that he and his bandmates create.
As the title suggests, The Writer’s Trilogy is a collection of three original songs, that pay homage to literary giants Frankz Kafka, Paul Celan, and Baruch Spinoza. Gliksberg shares, “The making of the EP was literally reaching back to the writers that shaped my concept of what it means to be an artist and to have some sort of inner dialog with them. Every creative person is the sum of his influences: we immerse ourselves in the works of others, consciously or unconsciously, and then we process it into something that’s our own. Sometimes we have so many ideas buzzing in our heads and all of them demand our attention and time. In a way, when working on the EP I had the chance to give voice to many ideas at once – lyrically, musically and visually. In that sense it was a very satisfying process.”
Each stunning track is accompanied by an equally impressive video, providing a visual component that helps to reinforce each songs narrative and sonic impact. Part one “Ring the Bells” and part two “The Great White“, previously released, are chock-full of thought-provoking themes and imagery. The third video, for “Hunter” will be released in January 2018, continuing and fulfilling the mysterious and mythical themes found throughout the series. Passionate about combining music and visuals, Late Sea creates a new level of powerful and transformative art.
A fourth track provides a reimagined cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s 1964 hit “Sound of Silence,” for which a music video was released yesterday. Punctuated by Sam Nester’s ambient trumpet lines, the somber rendition of the track is paired with sobering images of nuclear war and political propaganda. The cinematic tone of the music combined with the stark imagery conveys a sense of impending doom. Over fifty years after the original release, Late Sea manages to breath new life into both the music and interpretation of the message. The video features animation by international award-winning animator Yulia Ruditskaya.
To celebrate the release of The Writer’s Trilogy, Late Sea performed earlier this week at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade alongside local favorites Seasonal Beast, Death By Piano, Looms, and the lively, out-of-staters Seepeople’s. The EP is available now to stream and purchase on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital retailers.
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About Late Sea:
Late Sea is a NY based avant-rock band led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Izzy Gliksberg The group is known for their dark ambient grooves which carry Izzy’s enigmatic Leonard Cohen like lyrics. Much of Late Sea’s work is dedicated to combining music and visuals. They have been a regular performer at House of Yes, live-scoring films such as Edward Scissorhands, Lost Highway and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Late Sea’s new debut EP is a hybrid of music and film. The EP, entitled The Writers Trilogy is a homage to three writers: Frantz Kafka, Baruch Spinoza and Paul Celan. Each track on the EP references one of the writers who dealt with the psychological and philosophical consequences of a culture that lost its God. Late Sea were the first and only music act that received the prestigious Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice Award for their visual EP The Writers Trilogy. The EP features videos from Emmy nominated director Andrey Alistratov and Producer Hazuki Aikawa. The project has been chosen to be developed and performed at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust earlier this year.
For The Writers Trilogy, Izzy was joined by internationally acclaimed trumpet player Sam Nester, producer Yoav Shemesh, and up and coming jazz drummer Joe Peri. The group has performed all around the East Coast in venues such as House of Yes, Drom, The Spectrum, Apple Studios, Exapno, The Living Room, Pete’s Candy Store, Silvana and MSM international webcast amongst others.
Izzy Gliksberg – Vocals and Guitar
Sam Nester – Trumpet and Samples, Electronics
Graham Doby – Drums
Kalen Lister – Keyboards and vocals
About Izzy Gliksberg:
Izzy Gliksberg is a NY based, Jerusalem born Composer, and graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. In the past few years Izzy has been fortunate to work as a composer and arranger with film makers and orchestras around the world, spanning from ABC documentaries, to Independent films and Western and Middle Eastern orchestras. He has received the Gertud Craus Composition prize (2009), the Mark of Excellence in the Ztvi Avni Competition (2008), the Nathan Davis Composition Prize (2011), and the 2015 Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award, as well as support from the AICF (2011, 2016) and the Consulate General of Israel in New York (2011).