Open Season, the second album from the Brighton-based British Sea Power, released on 4 April 2005, showcased a more accessible, mainstream sound, eventually reaching #13 on the UK album charts. Mapping a course between Echo and the Bunnymen and the Strokes, the follow up to The Decline of British Sea Power has grace and gusto by the earful, and takes the most melodic aspects of the first and refines them into a listening experience of enduring reward. Two singles were picked from it: "It Ended on an Oily Stage" (UK #18) and "Please Stand Up" (UK #34). (If the CD is rewound 2:31 before the first track, an organ version of the song "How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?" is found.)
January 18 street date. This is the band’s fourth album proper, following the Mercury-nominated "Do You Like Rock Music?" in 2008 and the "Man Of Aran" soundtrack in 2009. With its title, "Valhalla Dancehall" invokes a wild-eyed internationalism, alluding to both the Norse mythos and Jamaican discos - to the Viking heaven and Caribbean goodtimes. BSP are maybe unlikely to be taking up residence in downtown Kingston, but the album title and the music it comes with are antidotes to limited horizons and parochial mindsets. The album was co-produced by BSP and Graham Sutton, who the band worked with on "Do You Like Rock Music?" and the "Man Of Aran" OST. BSP can been seen talking about the new album at britishseapower.co.uk. "Valhalla Dancehall" is a record that moves from concise electronic pop to nine-minute solemnity to
swaggering thug-glam. Lyrical subject matter includes local libraries, indigenous societies, the Dame Vera Lynn Celebrity Clay Pigeon Shoot and the party to which everyone is invited. "Valhalla Dancehall" is a record that suggests BSP’s cupboard remains full of medieval armoured gloves. Again a gauntlet is thrown down.
April 2 street date. Rough Trade are excited to announce that British Sea Power’s new, album ‘Machineries Of Joy’. The album, their fifth studio album following 2010's 'Valhalla Dancehall', was written in the Berwyn mountains in north Wales and recorded in Brighton with Dan Smith and mixed by Ken Thomas (David Bowie, Sigur Ros). "We’d like to think the album is warm and restorative," says singer Yan. "Various things are touched on in the words - Franciscan monks, ketamine, French female bodybuilders turned erotic movie stars. The world often seems a mad, hysterical place at the moment. You can’t really be oblivious to that, but we’d like the record to be an antidote - a nice game of cards in pleasant company.' "Remember Me", the lead single from their debut The Decline of British Sea Power, was recently voted a heat-seaking number nine on a BBC 6 Music poll of the Top 100 Greatest Hits. BSP recently provided the stirring soundtrack to director Penny Woolcock's mesmeric and uplifting film, "From the Sea to the Land Beyond", consisting of clips of the British seaside and coast taken from the BFI
National Film Archive.