Munich-based Indie-Electropop duo Flor and the Sea was founded originally in 2015 as a 5 piece band project. The following year they released their first two singles Hold your Breath and Shed No Tear, accompanied by first major gigs at Digital/Analog, Muffat Winterfest and Import/Export. Within short time they gained a certain notoriety, leading to renowned German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung electing them Band of the Week.
After the sudden split up in early 2017, Marc Aretz (git) and Chaem (voc) decided to keep the project alive and continue as a duo.
During the following months Flor and the Sea reimagined their sound from the ground up, incorporating new influences from the likes of Alt J, Radiohead and Portishead. Testimony to this development is their brooding and multifaceted new single Dark Minds and Reconnect.
With its intricate piano harmonies and captivating vocals, Flor and the Sea’s new single “Reconnect” is an atmospheric and intimate pop song at its very heart. However, its strong pop roots are confronted with modern elements of electronica, synth pop and dubstep/trap, alluding to the likes of Flume, Sohn or Miike Snow, which ultimately take over in the stirring finale of the song. Mixed by Moritz Enders, of Casper and Kraftclub fame, it features a vast and luscious sound world, rich in vintage analogue synths, ethereal vocals and ambient guitars.
„Sehen: Erst wandert Sängerin Chaem einsam durch diverse Felder und findet dann zu ihrer teilweise mysteriös maskierten Band. Hören: Mit filigranen Bassläufen unterlegter Yoga-Indie, der an britische Bands wie London Grammer und The xx erinnert. Nice! Fragen: Der Glitzervorhang erinnert die Indie-Kids unter uns an das legendäre Münchner Atomic Café. Haben Flor and the Sea da eine kleine Hommage an den Club eingebaut?“ Puls / br.de
„Ein wenig düstere Elektropop-Tracks, die irgendwo zwischen The XX, Flume, Massive Attack und Radiohead (ja!) wandeln.“ Ego FM
„Blending ambient, EDM, indie rock, and pop genres, the duo of Marc Aretz on guitar and Chaem on vocals have crafted a unique sound. There really are elements of trap music in this lyrical tune, creepily sneaking into our ears. (…)…the complexity of Flor and the Sea’s “Reconnect” points out that everything has nuance and shade. I encourage you to ponder this as you watch the video.“ Composer’s Toolbox
„Dark Minds is a wonderfully creepy track. The video features arrested rabbits and dancing foxes. The track builds up alongside the tension of the video with mournful vocals being joined by electro melodies and marching percussion. This track tells a story visually, musically and lyrically and we are absorbed.“ Graeme Smith from the British blog York Calling, blog article