Following the release of her new album Inside, Sea Change features in our latest In Five…
The excellent Ellen Sunde aka Sea Change has released her new album. The follow up to 2015’s Breakage, the seven-track Inside is out now via Shapes Recordings.
Inspired by her surroundings, gone are the bright, Nordic landscapes from her last project, replaced instead with a more moody palette; hazy synths and sultry R&B melodies echoing time Sunde has spent in Berlin and Los Angeles. Check the newly-released Ernst van Hoek-directed visual for ‘Stepping Out’ below; a technicolour ode to sexuality and sensuality, to hedonism and to life in the city.
A record that’s built primarily of hazy electronica and watery textures, Sunde also delivers a wicked rolling deep house cut in highlight ‘Scratch That Itch’. On the making of her new album, Sunde says:
“When I made this record I tried to channel the same state of mind I have when I go clubbing, not overthinking everything, like I usually do, but instead embracing my impulses; working intuitively, almost anti-intellectual. I learned that that’s where I am able to get to the core of what I need to express and that I just had to trust those decisions.“
Listen to Inside below.
Sunde has selected a collection of records in which she can lose herself; whether meditating with Rrose, feeling powerful with Fever Ray, or thinking about aliens courtesy of Peder Mannerfelt, this is Sea Change, In Five…
RROSE – CRICOID PRESSURE
This song is just spellbinding and mesmerising. I put it on when I need to go on a little trip inside my head. Listening to this is like a hardcore meditation.
TAMI T – I’VE NEVER LOVED THIS HARD THIS FAST BEFORE
I’m not sure why I love this song so much.The super explicit and sexual lyrics are kind of corny, but for some reason this song moves my heart in an inexplicable way. The vulnerability in being so direct and explicit combined with the naivety in her lyrics is FIRE!
FEVER RAY – WANNA SIP
When she released Plunge I behaved like a maniac. The only thing I was able to do was to listen to her new record on repeat for days. Listening to this song feels like jumping into cold water. It’s so physical it hurts. I used to listen to this on my headphones while walking around in a cold and rainy Berlin but with this in my ear I felt like a boss, and that was exactly what I needed that fall.
PEDER MANNERFELT – LUCID IN THE SKY
I’m addicted to this song. Can’t wrap my head around how its both synthetic but also so emotional, addictive and beautiful. I close my eyes and imagine those little magical synth stabs are aliens that try desperately to communicate with us.
KELLY LEE OWENS – ARTHUR
Amazing artist who named the track after one of my musical heroes. This song is just beautifully minimal, danceable and mesmerising like all her work.