British Sea Power: From the Sea to the Land Beyond – review

(Rough Trade)

Whether screening Powell and Pressburger films before their gigs or holding album launches in village pubs, indie-rock mavericks British Sea Power are seldom less than interesting. Sometimes, the sextet can be too ambitious, but this soundtrack to Penny Woolcock's film about the history of Britain's coastline from 1901 to the present day is BSP at their most haunting and restrained.

Abrasive one minute (Melancholy of the Boot), orchestral the next (The Islanders, Heroines of the Cliff), From the Sea comprises new versions of old songs, most of which sound just as powerful without Woolcock's arresting images.


Paul Mardles

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