Mansions In The Sea
Folk project by Sascha Blach
Mansions In The Sea is a solo project by Sascha Blach that took shape during the lockdowns, when making music in a band context was difficult. While writing songs for his rock band The Halo Trees, the busy Berlin-based musician and producer found himself craving more often to pick up an acoustic guitar and try his hand at quieter tracks during these times of isolation. “I originally had no intention of starting another project, but the longer I worked on these songs, the more they became something of their own that had little to do with The Halo Trees,” he explains. With the exception of the violins, which were played by his long- time collaborator Kathrin Bierhalter, Sascha took over all the instruments and vocals himself. In addition to acoustic guitar and violin, piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, cajon or a snare played with a broom are used. He also did the mixing, mastering, artwork and videos himself.
13 atmospheric folk songs can be heard, which are vaguely inspired by the great masters of the singer/songwriter school from the 60s and 70s, such as Leonard Cohen or Tim Buckley, and yet bring something very unique and modern to the music. Not least through the deep clear vocals, which evoke memories of Tom Waits or Nick Cave, and that sweet melancholy in the songwriting. “Terra” is an album of longing, whose common thread is the reference to various places across the planet. Quasi: travel in music, which in times of lockdown just could not be done otherwise. But “Terra” should only be the beginning of this journey …