• Stream: Bad Sea – Over My Head

    The B-side to their latest single, ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)‘, ‘Over My Head’ by fast-rising, and TTA-approved Dublin duo Ciara Thompson and Alan Pharrell AKA Bad Sea is a slow-burning ballad that, stripped back to its core subtle piano and Thompson’s exquisite vocal delivery, reveals the band’s prowess in the realm of taking a step or two back. Ahead of the band’s show with Beauty Sleep and Shrug Life in Dublin on Friday, stream the track below now.

  • Stream: Bad Sea – Tell Me (What I Mean)

    One of our featured 17 For ’17 acts, Dublin duo Bad Sea have, as expected, burst into 2017 with a head full of steam. Ahead of supporting Julia Jacklin at Whelan’s in Dublin on February 25 and playing London’s Notting Hill Arts Club on March 5, their swooning new single ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’ melds Americana-tinged jangle with Angel Olsen-esque pop finesse. Most certainly worth a repeat listen, this one.

  • 17 for ’17: Bad Sea

    There’s nothing rough about the waves that Bad Sea have been making in the Irish gig scene. Their dreamy folk-country combo has seen them playing everything from Castlepalooza to Other Voices to the recent Therapy Sessions at the Workman’s Club (as part of the First Fortnight Festival). The duo, Ciara Thompson and Alan Pharrell, met on Tinder, and managed to form a powerhouse of a musical relationship out of a dating site. All that’s available for listening online at the moment is the band’s poignant debut single, Solid Air, which offers the perfect juxtaposition between Thompson’s unique and gentle swaying…

  • Watch: Bad Sea – Solid Air

    When it was released back in September last year, TTA’s Aoife O’Donoghue said ‘Solid Air’ by Dublin duo of Ciara Thompson AKA CMAT and Alan Farrel Bad Sea had “a wistful quality that evokes nostalgic memories of hazy summer days.” Ahead of what’s expected to be a busy 2017 for the fast-rising pair, they have just unveiled Ricardo Deakin’s video for said debut single, a narrative-driven, nicely presented accompaniment impressively reflecting the hidden fragility that can often underpin a relationship. Have a peek.

  • Stream: Bad Sea – Solid Air

    The debut single from Dublin’s Ciara Thompson AKA CMAT and Alan Farrell AKA Bad Sea, ‘Solid Air’ is a wistful quality that evokes nostalgic memories of hazy summer days. With the slightest tinge of sadness, CMAT’s soft voice is dulcet and bright against guitar and synth, combining to make a song that doesn’t leave your head, and leaves you wanting more. It’s an exciting start from the pair who, having been steadily building up this moment via sets at the likes of Castlepalooza and Working Class Heroes, as well as recently supporting Mitski in the Workmans. Stream the track – produced by Oli…