Sea Shanty single
FORMAT: Download only single
TITLE: Sea Shanty
ARTISTS: Nick Toczek & Thies Marsen
RELEASE DATE: 9 Dec 2019
The summer of 2019 saw the release of The Bavariations Album, a unique collaboration between British performer-poet Nick Toczek and Bavarian musician and arranger Thies Marsen.
This twelve-track debut album, released on the Not-A-Rioty label, garnered some excellent reviews in the UK and German music press (see below). Now comes this brand new download-only track from the duo.
Sea Shanty – released to coincide with Brexit, the UK General Election and the end-of-the-decade Xmas – is a grim analysis of the current condition of British and global ‘democracy’.
What they said about The Bavariations Album, released just six months ago in July 2019:
‘Toczek is a multi-talented poet, journalist and author… Thies Marsen is an equally talented Bavarian musician… Toczek mixes his metres up in a generally measured manner, all the while delivered in a distinctive but disarmingly calm Yorkshire accent… given an extra urgency or melancholy (by) Marsen’s musical arrangements. Bavariations is not so much ranting verse then as a collection of world-weary deliberations and passionate vituperations set to music.’
Rich Deakin in Vive Le Rock!
‘Setting poems against music is hazardous. It takes a good poet and a sensitive arranger to make it work. Nick Toczek is, thankfully, the kind of poet whose lifestyle and experience aptly suit him to the process. You might say he’s cool… His counterpart is, suitably, a Bavarian punk and indie musician who… has finally produced this stunning, innovative album where highly politicised or often metaphysical pieces make their way like falling dominoes in a mesmerising cascade.’
Nick Burbridge in RnR Magazine