We’re loving the new video by Cristobal and The Sea for their latest single, ‘Steal My Phone’ – a colourful slice of their musical style that arrives ahead of their new album, Exitoca (a proposed evacuation to the recent mires of Brexit), due Sept 22nd via City Slang.
“We decided to release some tension,” said the band of the video, which was filmed in a London boxing gym, directed by band member Elliott Arndt and produced by Léa Morel & Laure Massé at Pelican. “We also fancied a little dancing, a little homage to all those cheesy 90’s MTV videos we all grew up watching. Unfortunately, it just came to prove that none of the boys in the band can dance. Leila was stellar, though.”
The upcoming album-title is a reference to the genre known as Exotica, which represented the escapist dreams of a generation of American salary-men and housewives in the ’50s and ’60s. Their desire was to move to an uncomplicated Pacific paradise; something that captured their own creative needs rather than the actual physical environment they found themselves in. Cristobal and the Sea’s Exitoca is the attempt to free that dreamer movement from the grips of its privileged background and reclaim it for those who need it most now.
For Cristobal and The Sea, expatriates from Portugal, Spain, France, Egypt and the USA, now based in London, the idea of Exotica is more than just an escapist plot to avoid workaday drollery; it is a proposed evacuation from the toxic mires of Brexit; the very notion that threatens the place they now call home. Their current political situation endangers access to their very art and lifestyle, which is commonly the pressure required for musicians to produce great work.
Exitoca espouses Cristobal and the Sea’s principle tenet: they call everyone to embrace mystical otherness and accept the virtues of foreignness.
Cristobal and the Sea are: Joao Seixas (vocals/guitar), Leila Seguin (vocals/flute), Alejandro Romero (vocals/bass), Elliott Arndt (vocals/percussion/keyboard) and Youssef Ibrahim (drums).
03 – UK Liverpool Get Loud in the Libraries*
04 – UK Glasgow Stereo*
05 – UK Barrow Get Loud in the Libraries*
06 – UK London Heaven*
01 – LUX Luxemburg De Gudde Wellen
02 – CH Lucerne Schuur 200 20 CHF
06 – DE Berlin Badehaus
07 – DE Hamburg Nochtwache
08 – NL Amsterdam Paradiso
10 – FR Paris Pop Up Du Label
17 – UK London Moth Club
* – supporting Sinkane
Photo: Maxime Imbert