My Love Went to Sea is the first single to be taken from māsa’s debut album Sailors and Insomniacs to be released 1st July 2022. Described by Faron and Merle – sisters and band mates – as an exploration of processing their mental health, the album uses imagery and metaphor through a folk lexicon, to “tame the demons of the sea” – māsa. My Love Went to Sea is inspired by old folk ballads of ‘loves lost at sea’; built around a harmonium drone, the composition has a traditional backbone enhanced with the contemporary percussive elements māsa felt appropriate to represent the character and intention behind the song;
This song is about that feeling of desperately wanting to connect but failing. Sometimes people we love seem unreachable; they’ve gone to a deeper, darker place where we cannot touch them. It can feel hopeless, like trying to talk with someone on the ocean bed when you’re sailing on the surface. But you keep trying anyway, hoping that one day, you’ll pull them up from the depths.māsa
This song is about that feeling of desperately wanting to connect but failing. Sometimes people we love seem unreachable; they’ve gone to a deeper, darker place where we cannot touch them. It can feel hopeless, like trying to talk with someone on the ocean bed when you’re sailing on the surface. But you keep trying anyway, hoping that one day, you’ll pull them up from the depths.
māsa are exceptionally talented musicians having cut their teeth performing alongside their granddad Georgie Fame in Theatres around the U.K. during their youth. A self-assured musical confidence beyond their years is prevalent in the live video for My Love Went to Sea, as they both demonstrate multi-instrumentalist skills including impeccably perfect close harmonies.
māsa’s upcoming album Sailors and Insomniacs is for “those of us who feel like shipwrecked sailors, sad clowns, dancing bears or rudderless boats” – māsa. Two figures emerge throughout the album: the Sailor, and the Insomniac. The Insomniac, perhaps on the edge of madness, has been sleepless for too long in a callous world, and so has been drawn to the seashore to hear the whispering of the waves. The Sailor is searching for something – they are not sure what – and all they know is to keep sailing, braving the depths and reading the stars. Each song on Sailors and Insomniacs is a story reflecting these characters as a microcosm of a wider and more relatable attempt at conquering our small-hour fears.
māsa (formerly known as Currer Bell) channel the essence of folk narrative into contemporary song-writing elevated by an array of instruments, soundscapes, and their sister harmonies. From an early age, siblings Faron and Merle were home-schooled, which gave them the space to create a shared imaginary world brimming with characters and scenes to fill their storytelling songs. The importance of this bond is behind the name: māsa means sister in Latvian, the language of their great-grandmother, whose extraordinary life-story and vivid imagination remain a treasured legacy for the duo.
māsa have toured as a support act, played festivals such as How The Light Gets In, and worked on a variety of multimedia projects. They retold Folk Tales and composed new ones with Kerchief Theatre, and resurrected forgotten laments and rhymes for We Are All Sonambulists – an immersive guide to their Somerset hometown.
In 2021 they released their debut EP as Currer Bell, Lullabies for an Apocalypse, a collection of songs about catastrophes ranging from the personal to the planetary, which featured renowned drummer Gary Husband. Inspired by classic writing and myth, the songs spin timeless tales to address modern issues.
māsa will release their debut album, Sailors and Insomniacs, a voyage into the ‘Deep Sea Psyche’on 1st July 2022.
SOURCE: Official Bio
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