Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Pop-Folk's the Sea the Sea Floats a New Album

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Pop-Folk's the Sea the Sea Floats a New Album

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WANT TO GO? The Sea The Sea and Qiet, with Spencer Elliott WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Walker Theater, Clay Center TICKETS: $15 or $30 (all inclusive) INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.the claycenter.org

INSIDE: 5 questions with Qiet 5D

Bands change. People quit. Groups break up and, every now and again, they just get bigger. In just the past six months, indie pop- folk band The Sea The Sea, which performs Saturday in the Clay Center's Walker Theater, doubled in size. The band's gone from a duo to a quartet.

Mira Stanley and her musical partner, Chuck Costa, added James Gascoyne on drums and Eric Margan on bass - at least for this tour and for their new six-song EP.

"We wanted to expand and develop the sound that's been evolving with us, said Stanley, a Charleston native. "This feels like a step forward, like it maintains our story-driven songs, but the sonic space has developed more.

"We're still very spontaneous writers, Costa said. "We write as the spirit moves us.

But now they have more options with where to take what they write.

Stanley and Costa formed The Sea The Sea in 2011 and have done a solid job of building a strong musical work ethic.

With their 2014 debut record, the duo earned praise from NPR, No Depression and others. "Mountain Stage's Larry Groce said they were "ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.

Groce might not be entirely objective when it comes to Stanley. She's the daughter of "Mountain Stage bandleader, Ron Sowell.

Groce watched her grow up, but Stanley says she's grown much further than either she or Costa ever thought they would.

The new record, "In the Altogether is the evidence.

The album title is meant to reference being emotionally naked as part of a group, which is more than just the duo bringing in a couple of new players.

For the bulk of The Sea The Sea's career, the duo has been a sort of creative island, and perhaps a little isolated. …

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