As far as accomplished debuts go the ‘Sea of Skies’ EP, from London quartet ‘FOSSA’, must sit top of the pile. For a band that have been together for less than two years this wonderful 4-track is a mature baptism into the realms of experimental indie-pop.
Cleverly crafted, written and produced each track offers something a little different from the one before. From the beautiful acoustic guitar introduction on ‘Sea of Trees’ through to the pounding drum on ‘Swan Song’ (the EP’s stand-out track) the experimentation and amount of instrumentation is never exaggerated but carefully married to form beautiful memorable melodies.
Certainly comparisons to ‘Alt-J’ can be made. However, these tracks are more stripped back and approachable than the aforementioned band. Every track offers an extremely delicate balance between offering too much or too little and the results are simply extraordinary.
‘Sea of Skies’ is quite easily the most impressive debut of 2015, to date. The EP is out now, via Fantastic Plastic.
The full track-listing for ‘Sea of Skies’ is as follows…
‘Sea of Trees’
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