Taken from the Sycamore EP, available to order now at www.brokensoundmusic.com/shop.htm
On tour in the UK & Germany supporting Bear's Den in November...
Nov 1st - Holy Trinity Church, Leeds
Nov 3rd - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Nov 4th - Deaf Institute, Manchester
Nov 5th - Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham
Nov 6th - Village Underground, London
Nov 7th - The Haunt, Brighton
Nov 10th - Privatclub, Berlin
Nov 11th - Molotow, Hamburg
Nov 12th - Blue Shell, Cologne
The Mariner’s Children - ‘Sycamore EP’
CD & Digital
Broken Sound Music via PIAS
"Simply astonishing...exhilarating and devastating...a thrilling journey" - Q Magazine
"Roaring with the hot-headed intensity of Arcade Fire, made brittle with tumultuous rage and regret" - NME
Following on from their critically acclaimed New Moore Island EP, 7-piece band The Mariner’s Children return with a new work, Sycamore EP, as devastating and as poignantly beautiful as their last. Hinging on the themes of love and death, songwriter Benedict Rubinstein explores the relationships between these experiences and how both can distort logic.
“Sycamore came from a period when I’d gone to a lot of funerals in a very short space of time. I was thinking about death a lot but I was also in quite a good place in my life and very much in love, so felt quite able to write about the most terrifying thing from a pretty contented place. It’s not a happy song - it’s about everything ending and nature and time conquering all and there being nothing you can do about it but work to accept it - but it didn’t come from a place of despair. The track is about death, but it’s definitely a love song.”
The Mariner’s Children include members of Peggy Sue, Laura Marling, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Alessi’s Ark, and Eyes & No Eyes. Drawing inspiration from Chris Taylor’s (Grizzly Bear) approach to production, Angels of Light, and Pentangle amongst others, their music has at the same time all the immense instrumentation of Arcade Fire and the subtlety of the likes of Iron & Wine and Bonnie Prince Billy. Songs drift from sparse, delicate understatement to thunderous intensity in the blink of an eye. Lyrically, Benedict Rubinstein creates incredible confessional tales, often with an underlying darkness. “I’ve no wish to die, I’ve no wish to leave your side, but if I go before you then heed these words of mine- let my flesh feed the sycamore tree, in its arms you can climb if you ever feel you’re missing me.”
Sycamore was produced and recorded by Ian Grimble (The Manic Street Preachers, Beth Orton, Communion, etc) at two different studios – Rockfield (a converted stable), and 2khz (a converted church).
The Mariner’s Children are a rare find, who have been in no rush to launch themselves into the public domain.
Their return has been every bit worth the wait - prepare for the long player later in 2013.
Label - Broken Sound Music (Rachael Dadd, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Forest Fire, Eyes & No Eyes)
PR – Stone Immaculate (Sam Amidon, Woodpecker Wooliams, Sonic Youth, & more)
Radio – Viaduct Promotions (Metronomy, Nick Cave, Justice, Soko, Manu Chao & more)
"Purveyors of lovingly crafted music with anthemic uplift and widescreen ambition...they create something – using accordions, mandolins, guitars and drums – with the visceral attack of rock and the rhythmic propulsion and thrilling momentum of dance." - The Guardian
"(New Moore Island) sets an impossibly high level of expectations of any future endeavors...an intimate, poignant release that’s impressive in every way." - The Line Of Best Fit
"The kind of rootsy folk you can’t help but fall hopelessly in love with" - The Fly