Old Sea Brigade & Luke Sital-Singh have announced details of their EP All The Ways You Sing In The Dark, out August 28th.
First single “Call Me When You Land” coasts along on a breeze of acoustic strumming and soft strings, as Ben and Luke trade verses back and forth. Luke’s high-register hook captivates before a dreamy guitar lead takes flight.
“I’m really proud of the lyrics to this one, they’re a little more playful and sarcastic than is usual for me,” explains Ben. “‘Only advertisers know me’ might be my best attempt yet to summarize what it means to be human in the 21st century”, he laughs. “As far as the song’s genesis goes, we were supposed to meet friends at Chateau Marmont. But since neither of us could afford drinks there, we ate edibles at the beginning of the night. The next morning, we had ‘Call Me When You Land’.”
The video for the song was directed by Chris MUG5 Maguire & Nastassja Simone and produced by Riot.nyc, and its elegant escapism and vivid aerial landscapes perfectly suit the song’s sentiments.
Despite being friends for just three years and this being their first collaboration, Nashville-based Old Sea Brigade – aka Atlanta native Ben Cramer – and LA-based Londoner Luke Sital-Singh share a chemistry that
most groups chase for a lifetime. They wrote most of the EP at Luke’s place last summer in just seven days, finishing the recordings alongside Ben’s production partner Owen Lewis in Nashville at Shoebox Studios in December 2019.
“It’s the purest thing I’ve made,” comments Luke. “I smashed down my walls, followed my gut, and trusted Ben. We were able to think about nothing but the music. It was pure enjoyment. I haven’t had this much fun with music in a long time.”
“It was a blast,” agrees Ben. “I typically resort to art during difficult times. While we were creating this, it felt different because we laughed a lot. In many cases, we went with the first decision. We got a vibe so quickly.”
Luke and Ben first met at a show together at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City in 2017. Old Sea Brigade then supported Luke for ten dates and as Luke prepared to hit the road with Angus & Julia Stone a few months later, he needed a tour manager. Ben found himself with some free time and obliged. Throughout this trip, the pair developed a strong friendship and over the ensuing two years, they casually emailed song ideas back and forth before Ben flew to LA for that fateful week last summer.
“The whole thing was very refreshing,” says Ben. “Growing up, I came from playing in bands and collaborating with people. This is the closest thing I’ve done to a band in a while. It was a breath of fresh air.”
“I’d just released my third record and moved to Los Angeles, so I was looking for a change,” Luke continues. “I was trying to let the process happen as naturally as possible and get through the week—so this guy would leave my house,” he chuckles.
As the world went into quarantine and their solo careers were put on hold, Old Sea Brigade & Luke Sital-Singh found a rare window on their schedules to release All The Ways You Sing in the Dark.
“We wrote all of this before the pandemic,” Luke admits. “We didn’t have a plan. We simply made something for ourselves that we’re really happy with. When everything happened, we were given an opportunity we
might not have had otherwise. It opens up a new world of possibilities for the future.”
For as fast as everything came together, this union has all the makings of an enduring partnership. “We’d love to do a whole record together, go on tour, and put on a proper show,” Ben leaves off. “This music means so much to us. We want to share it with everyone in any way possible.”