The Stormy Seas are an Edinburgh-based alternative/folk act I found when surfing the internets. They’re unsigned, and they’re playing Nobles in Leith in December – unfortunately I won’t be in the city, so this is all they get for now. However, they do receive extra bonus points for having a melodian. They’re like a celtic version of Mumford & Sons, or a saltier, wind-beaten Stornoway.
Their down-to-earth folk melodies, interwoven with twee lyrics, are as raw and uncut as the seaside images they invoke; The Sea Wind is a lovely melancholic folk tune, whilst Untamed Heart is a desperately emotive dally. On both, the twin turbo vocals drive the aggressive folk beats, and the accordion in the background adds a haunting, ghostly aura… their songs are like balls of yarn unspooling on the floor, rolling, flowing asymmetrically. While hyperbole is easy to write, lyrics that contain this bittersweet tang are not; their songs are gorgeous. I’ll be seeing them as soon as I can.