SEA OF BRASS, the album by British Sea Power released this month, is a collection of songs spanning the band’s entire discography, which they have rescored (with the help of collaborator Peter Wraight) to include a full brass band. This arch, antiquarian, massive record stands as a summa of the group’s decade-plus career churning out complex indie tracks that have always begged to be described as “pompier.” Its rewards are disclosed gradually, on repeated listening, and the album is something of a valedictory for the particular brand of rock music that the band have championed from the outset.
Although BSP have garnered a loyal following in the UK, they are less well known on these shores. This is perplexing becauseto declare my sympathies unambiguouslythey are a great band, the beneficiaries of an explicitly British, art-influenced rock ’n’ roll heritage that moved
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