"Alternative darkwave is a combination that artist The Sea At Midnight knows how to manage extremely well. His most recent release the iconic "Anything About You" has a high degree of musical density that it's very captivating from the very first beat.
The music production is really solid and the core of the track feels powerful and elegant at the same time, you'll love the drums production in particular.
The melodies and all the layers, in general, are very polished and hold that darkpop alternative and organic sound that feels inspired by some of the best post-punk productions of the '80s but with a more updated and modernized sonic form.
Vince Grant the head behind the project certainly knows how to manipulate his gothic influences to translate them effectively to a contemporary audience looking for more pop with dark atmospheres; he also is in charge of the main vocals which also manages to balance and fit gorgeously with its appealing tones and spirited texture.
The Sea at Midnight is one of those dark/gothic projects that are amazing using their influences to their advantage, for example, you can slightly detect some of the best phases of The Cure delicately poured here and there, (specially around the bass sound which is amazing), this is high-quality darkwave stuff that we strongly recommend to the most thirsty fans of gothic productions!
by Synthpop Your World on 11-July-2021
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INSIDE THE TRACK: [artist's commentary]
This track, actually the whole album, was never supposed to happen. THOUGHT I WAS THROUGH PLAYING MUSIC. had pretty much conceded that my days of being in bands or recording were over. then was Looking for a guitar teacher on Craigslist and ran across an ad from a producer saying, “If you’re a shoegaze, goth, post-punk, synthpop, darkwave, dream pop or similar genre artist looking for someone to produce or record your music that understands the genre, I would love to get in contact to discuss how we could possibly work together.” The ad went on to list a number of my all-time favorite bands such as The Cure, Jesus and Mary Chain, New Order, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Chameleons, etc. couldn’t believe my eyes. i’d never read an ad that ran so similar to my tastes. At the time, recording was the furthest thing from my mind, but was so curious to meet this person i decided to get in contact and we arranged to meet. Turns out it was Chris King from Cold Showers. i"m a big fan of his band and think the first thing i said to Chris was, “I’ve got songs of yours on my playlists!” was really impressed by the fact Chris didn’t mention Cold Showers in his ad or in talking with me before we met. felt Chris wasn’t relying on his musical success to get clients. our initial meeting went great and as an added bonus Chris said he likes to use Brandon Pierce of Glaare to do drums. was thrilled at this news, as i’d seen Brandon play live a couple of times and thought he was a phenomenal drummer.
The day after our first meeting sent Chris acoustic versions of some songs and we decided to do a single. After the two songs were finished thought this is such a dream, working with a brilliant producer who comes from the same musical place, plus such an incredible drummer, that i asked Chris what he thought about doing an EP together. Chris was up for it, so we got Brandon involved again and did three more songs. The plan at that point was to put out a five song EP, but when