Thoughts and music of double J x

Boyd // O’Brien: Sons Of The Sea

SONS OF THE SEA is a new project by Brandon Boyd of the renowned rock band Incubus and is perhaps the quintessential Boyd record – an introspective, eclectic collection from the artist, author, activist and environmentalist that will tantalise long term fans while further spotlighting his evolving interests. The acclaimed Incubus vocalist is stretching his formidable creative muscles with a daring new foray into solo music. See what he has to say here: http://youtu.be/Tq-3CVjz4Z8

Sons_OF_The_SeaWhile Boyd’s inviting, empathetic voice is familiar to millions, ‘Sons Of The Sea’, the self-titled album, infuses it in challenging new contexts. Produced by Brendan O’Brien (Incubus, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine), the album luxuriates in innovative sonic backdrops, allowing what they have coined “oddball pop” to flourish. For an artist like Boyd, the thrill and confusion of the quest to create will always trump the tangible, material rewards bestowed on his efforts. Lead-off track ‘Jet Black Crow’ flaunts what Boyd calls a “stomping playfulness” that befits his dreamlike musing on the ups and downs of infatuation. And he is just as compelling in the many departures displayed on the album, from the eerie, synth-driven obsession of ‘Lady Black’ to playing lothario in the seductive ‘Come Together’, contemplating his unique creative process in the piano-driven ‘Avalanche’, or paying tribute to Emily Dickinson’s perspective on the responsibility of an artist via ‘Untethered’ – “tell us the truth, but tell it to us gently, lest we all go blind.”

Boyd and O’Brien joined forces when Incubus went on hiatus following the release of 2011’s ‘If Not Now, When?’. “After much toiling and overthinking about how I was to go about starting a new music project, I decided that the best way forward was to let go completely!” Boyd enthuses. “Stop thinking about where, when, what, who and how, and simply…GO!” That ability to overcome doubt and give voice to complex thoughts applies to his visual art as well. Boyd’s third art book, So The Echo, emerged in the autumn of 2013, following its acclaimed predecessors White Fluffy Clouds (2003) and From The Murks Of The Sultry Abyss (2007). A compendium of unobstructed watercolour, ink pieces and photographic spreads, So The Echo “offers some of my most vulnerable observations yet, unedited and out on a limb. After all, the echo towards a life of expressivity is only as loud as the call! There is no end in creativity,” he concludes. “Hence, to strive towards an end result is a fool’s errand. Set goals, make music and paint pictures, but know that the crux of your happiness balances delicately on the wings of the act of creativity itself. Not at the finish line.”

brandon-photo-arrowsThe album ‘Sons Of The Sea’ released in the UK on 3rd March 2014 by Membran/Avow!, with the first single, ‘Come Together’ following on 24th. Watch: http://youtu.be/YbiRnxOS08s

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