The Sea, The Sea

by Ben Calvert & The Swifts



The Sea, The Sea is the new single by Ben Calvert & The Swifts. It’s a haunted, wintry tale of estrangement and loss inspired by the Iris Murdoch novel of the same name. With pared-down instrumentation of vocals and guitar, it’s a return to a brass-tacks approach for Ben where the emphasis is on the craft of the song.

Having played his last show at Union Chapel in November 2013, Ben took a year-long month hiatus to write. The Sea, The Sea is the first of a series of releases planned for the next twelve months.

The single was self-recorded and self-produced by Ben in his home studio and was mastered by Pete Maher.
(Paul Weller, Damien Rice, Beady Eye)

"This ghostly single makes a beautiful introduction. If you like Bon Iver, Midlake or Fleet Foxes then this was made for you." Brum Notes

The video to The Sea, The Sea draws on the Gothic styling of the film Nosferatu and aspects of The Blair Witch Project.
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released November 24, 2014

Recorded and Mixed by Ben Calvert at home
Mastered by Pete Maher


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Ben Calvert & The Swifts Birmingham, UK

Ben Calvert & The Swifts’ psychedelic alt-folk first saw the light of day in front of a few hundred avid ears and eyes when they played Moseley Folk Festival September 2010.

In October 2011 the band’s debut album Festive Road was released to critical acclaim.
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Track Name: The Sea, The Sea
In the dark of your room I will leave you a bastard
Oh, the King of your Bones, he is almost in action
In the cold night deliver a soul

When he creeps down the halls he'll believe he's an actor
Filming breeds tiny lies
I can feel him in the rafters
In the cold night deliver a soul

Oh a cold night is fleeting
Oh the Winter snow is healing
In the cold night deliver a soul

Do you dream he'll return by the sea with his father?
Water mirrors a ship. Ocean, stars, sink, disaster.
In the cold night deliver a soul

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