Phenomenal psychedelic synth-wave trio Teeth of The Sea are releasing their brand new album ‘Wraith’ on February 22nd through Rocket Recordings. We’re thrilled to welcome them to Ramsgate Music Hall on April 26th, as they embark on a European tour to showcase this stunning new record.
“Imaginary dystopian sci-fi disaster flick, with battered beasts gliding over a demolished landscape of deserted cities trapped in perpetual night” – Line of Best Fit
Who can say when, or how, the Wraiths began to make their presence felt. Yet when Teeth Of The Sea entered their base of operations The Facility to begin work in Autumn 2017 on their fifth album – the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Highly Deadly Black Tarantula’ – it seemed hard to deny that these ghostly interruptions were at play. By November, all three members were in agreement that the disturbances were tangible and impossible to ignore.
It wasn’t just the more familiar spectres of the band’s collective and overactive imagination – the unruly morass of ‘80s horror and sci-fi movies, industrial ballast, 2000AD terror, ‘70s-damaged experimental brinksmanship and atmospheric grandeur that they’d somehow conspire to sculpt into coherent structures. For as much as the band were determined to create a vivid and maximalist work that threw all of the wildest imagination into sharp relief, what resulted summarily went beyond anything they could have expected.
‘Hiraeth’ – its title deriving from a Welsh word meaning a longing for home – may be the most richly cinematic track the band has ever created. Building from a bleak and beatific Morricone-esque soundscape haunted by melancholic brass, it builds to a furious and dramatic crescendo underpinned by a merciless electronic pulse and dub-tinged disorientation alike. ’I’d Rather, Jack’ sees Erol Alkan using all the tools at his Phantasy Sound studio to manifest its strains into an angular banger equal parts mariachi elegy and electro euphoria. Percussionist Valentina Magaletti brought her unique talents to the Reichian (Steve/Wilhelm) epiphany of ‘VISITOR’. Chlöe Herington (Chrome Hoof/Knifeworld/Valve) and Katharine Gifford (The Wargs/Snowpony/Stereolab) were also on board to assist this unholy assemblage of inspiration, irreverence and otherworldly infiltration.
Teeth Of The Sea are frankly none the wiser as to what these disturbances meant and what caused them – a fissure in the astral plane, psychic disturbances brought on by societal collapse, or just a collective hallucination. Whichever, they can’t help but be grateful that these voices and visions made their mark on this brand new record, and can only hope the music has allowed them safe passage to the beyond. Ladies and Gentlemen, pray silence for the ‘Wraith’.
“TOTS are merely vessels for a force operating somewhere beyond our comprehension of what can, and does, qualify as pop music” – Clash
“A record of real and rare magnificence” – Drowned in Sound
“Space-disco juggernaut tunes into the transcendental infinite–a glitter ball in one eye, the other on the cosmos” – MOJO