Munich-based indie/electropop duo Flor and the Sea was originally founded in 2015 as a five-piece project. With the release of debut singles ‘Hold Your Breath’ and ‘Shed No Tear’, as well as bigger live gigs at Digital/Analog Festival and the Muffat Winterfest among others, the band generated a lot of buzz in short time and was featured as ‘Band of the Week’ by the Suddeutsche Zeitung/SZ Junge Leute in early 2017. After the band split up later that year, Marc Aretz (guitar/synth) and Chaem (vox) decided to keep Flor and the Sea alive as a duo. They redesigned their sound from scratch, incorporating influences from bands like Alt J, Radiohead and Portishead. The singles ‘Dark Minds’ and ‘Reconnect’ were birthed from the rubble and led to widespread acclaim, receiving regular airplay on radio stations like Ego-FM, Bayern 3, M94.5 and BR Puls, and landing positive reviews on international blogs like Composer’s Toolbox and York Calling. Capping it all, the duo performed live on Radio Fritz ‘Live on Air’ for the first time. Alongside the production of their debut EP Kings & Queens, Flor and The Sea also resumed live performances in 2019 and put together an elaborate new program with their own light show, visuals, masks, and the support of additional live musicians. A first taste of this show was presented at renowned festivals Theatron Musiksommer and Sound of Munich Now in 2019.
“A crystal clear release visually and musically, the dark undertones of the genre-bending anthem is simply bittersweet. Flor and the Sea use emotive lyrics with uplifting instrumentation to give the track a special atmosphere. A song to connect to, you’ll feel magnetised to Flor and the Sea, whether you want to be or not.” Clout
“The video’s festival setting is a familiar and bittersweet sight to all music lovers in a time of global anxiety. Two masked characters (later revealed to be band members Marc Aretz and Chaem) cavort in the crowd, intercut with performance footage of Flor and the Sea onstage. It’s a contrast that highlights their tinderbox potential, realized sonically through their exemplary future pop sound on this standout track. The new wave atmospherics, vibrant and fluid guitar fills and unforgettable refrains reveal a band who has written the atmospheric foot-stomper they set out to write. Produced at their Munich studio with the help of Dieter Dolezel and mixed by Moritz Enders at the hit-making Tritonus Studio in Berlin, Flor and the Sea have created a masterly indie-pop anthem that radiates the joys of summer, freedom, and untrammeled optimism.” Jammerzine
“Together they create grand cinematic pop songs that let Chaem’s gentle vocals float above many layers of sound.” Glamglare
“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