Review: Cristobal and the Sea – Sugar Now


Cheerful vibes a-plenty with strong and diverse European influences culminate in a strong debut record.

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The debut album from Cristobal and the Sea, Sugar Now oozes happy vibes and nicely keeps the summer music swinging.

The four-piece herald from all over Europe, giving the band a broad range of cultural influences including Spain, Portugal, France and the UK. They describe themselves to have an original “tropicalia pop” genre, of which definitely suits their debut record.

‘Sunset Of Our Troubles’ gives an early indication of the warm, summery feeling that define the band, of which continues right the way through the record. The highlight of the album ‘Fish Eye’ gives an instant foot-tapping reaction, with a very catchy hook and a real sense of cohesion and chemistry.

As the record progresses the obviously apparent Fleetwood Mac comparison deepens, but so does the influence and presence of the widely underrated flute. Over the last 18 months or so there has been a surge in the number of radio hits incorporating the saxophone, and I for one would like to hear more woodwind instruments in and around the charts.

The vocals of Leila Seguin are a brilliant side note to the flute in ‘Legs Gone Feathers’ as the record slightly changes during its second half – gradually taking a slightly more soothing & relaxing tone, but still keeping that joyful and cheery character. Final track ‘Miasma’ rounds off the record with a fast pace and a more traditional European style – another great little track.

I’d recommend this album to anyone who has a taste for Western European folk music, although there are some definite Foster The People vibes in some areas. Above all though, if you want some happy, carefree, cheerful music then look no further than this debut record.

Sugar Now is out now via City Slang.


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