Irish-Swedish alt electronica trio The Sei have released their new single, Let it All Go. We asked them BIG questions . . .
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The Sei are Stace Gill and Maria Nilsson Waller, along with producer Ross Dowling (Talos, James Vincent McMorrow) and Let It All Go follows their debut releases Metroma (which featured on Normal People), Sentient, and debut EP Lumen.
Gill says, "Let It All Go is my response and my lesson; my longing and listening for how to pass through a lifetime as a soft dreaming human, heartbroken, letting everything go and learning love on a speck of rock firing through space."
Tell us three things about yourself?
Maria: I taught myself how to play the banjo thanks to the Ilac Centre library in Dublin.
Stace: In 2017 I spent about six months making a collection of subconscious beats that I called "George Michael". In November of that year Maria invited me to compose on a dance residency at Dance Ireland, "George Michael" became the roots of the first Flora Fauna Project Dance production in Sweden and Ireland. The original title was "George Michael in the 80s (and a little bit in the 90s)."
Both: All our music videos are dance videos, even the animation for Sentient by artist Matt Griffin. The robot and the human in this are loosely based on us.
How would you describe your music?
Contemporary electronic space folk, we imagine.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Lauryn Hill, Anthony and the Johnsons, Anohni, Gillian Welch, Bon Iver, James Blake, Tracey Chapman, Portishead, Daniel Johnston, George Michael, Massive Attack, Joni Mitchell, ABBA, Mamas and Papas, Nina Simone, Nick Drake, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Mary Black/Jimmy MacCarthy, The Tallest Man On Earth, Neil Young, JAPE, Bell-X1, Ane Brun, Bjork, Agnes Obel, the War on Drugs, Jose Gonzalez, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Electric Light Orchestra, Sinéad O'Connor, Laurie Anderson, Talos, Ross Dowling, Maria Nilsson Waller and Eanna Hickey . . . the list is longer.
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Editing films, staying still, walks and swims in the upper lake and river, reading, writing, slowing down, playing banjo, playing restaurant at the breakfast bar in our kitchen.
What's your favourite song right now?
Stace: Gillian Welch - Look at Miss Ohio.
Maria: Xenia Kriisin - Psalm.
Favourite lyric of all time?
Maria: "We will rock you" - Queen. LOL. Who can answer this one?
Stace: "There's a blaze of light in every word, It doesn't matter which you heard, The holy or the broken hallelujah" Leonard Cohen.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Maria: Emmylou Harris - Where Will I Be?"
Stace: This decision would break me, one would be Circle of Life by Elton John, the animation mix.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Our website and all social media links are @storyofthesei.