Sea Bed – The Art Of Living EP

With their new “The Art Of Living EP”, Sea Bed immediately invoke a feeling of spoken word poetry. Recorded and managed via Four Thieves Records, this is Lizzie Massey and Jim Corbin’s third time around the block – they know what they’re doing. The organic electronica proves thought provoking throughout, marred slightly by spots of frustration.

The lead singer’s voice has an air of an overly crowded coffee shop filled with aspiring hipsters. The atmospheric ambient supports the lyrics well. The opening track “Young” has me thinking of a Casey Neistat video circa 2015. “The Art of Livin EP” is also available as a twelve-inch vinyl, which sounds wildly appealing to me. The traditional analog sound would feel right at home with the style Sea Bed has to offer.

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“The Art Of Living EP” has an edgy anxiousness to it, as if the singer is eagerly waiting to lash out with a loving touch. In particular, the track “Lose Ourselves” gives off a low-energy angst, like when you’re angry with yourself but just can’t seem to shake the routine that inevitably dominates your life. Sea Bed’s vocalist asks the listener to, “give me that ease in my knees, give me the kick I need.” It’s an apt example of the mood and style present across the entire release.

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While the moody ambient supports the vocals in good fashion, by track four it can start to grade against the mind. At times the background is cacophonous, which in fairness is quite a good analogy for “the art of living”. However, it doesn’t always make for the best continual listening experience. With the EP pushing sixteen minutes, a stream of background frustration starts to outweigh the positives it’s attempting to support.

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Sea Bed’s “The Art of Living EP” is another decent installment from the Brighton-based group. I’m happy to see that they haven’t become stuck in one formula, and still have the tenacity to experiment with different sounds. But with that experimentation comes an inherent danger, and that danger caught up with them a bit here. A formidable collection of vocals is mildly offset by a sometimes frustrating slew of background noise.

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