Seasurfer - Chris Williams and Kid Reverie

Seasurfer - Dive in (the alternative Mix EP).

This "fan-edition" is only available via Bandcamp and features four alternative mixes of songs from the debut Seasurfer album "Dive In" with singer Dorian E. The album brought Seasurfer worldwide attention in the dreampop and shoegaze scene, and was released by the cult label Saint Marie Records from the US/Texas.

The "Winterblume keen K-Mix" was done back in 2014 by producer keen K in Berlin, where Dorian recorded the vocals for Dive In. The other mixes are based on the last Seasurfer live shows with more electronic drums and sounds. In particular, the scene hit "Stay" gets a new, thrilling face here with its new beat machine drums and more electronics.

Dirk: "I'm still in love with Dorian's vocals and the wall of sound of Dive In. The album opened a lot of doors and it felt good to play these songs live, also with other singers. But they work better with drums more in the front, the whole sound is different and more powerful. The keen K mix is back from 2014 and has a different, more pop sound. It doesn't fit with the album, but again Dorian's voice works so well. I think fans of Dorian and of Seasurfer will like the tracks." Active since 2013, Seasurfer is the Hamburg-based band around songwriter & fuzz-reverb-lover Dirk Knight, forgoing the way of the conventional band by working together with a collective of singers & musicians to assist in building his idea of sound.

Back in the Nineties Dirk was in the so-called "Heavenly Voices" scene with his former band Dark Orange on the German cult-label HYPERIUM, collaborating with the likes of Robin Guthrie from Cocteau Twins and John Fryer (4AD, Mute Records, This Mortal Coil). As Seasurfer, he released four albums and some EPs and singles working with singers Dorian E. from Berlin, Julia from dream pop band Chandeen, Elena Alice Fossi from Kirlian Camera, Krissy Vanderwoude from US shoegaze band Whimsical, Apolonia and Ricardo Veloso from Porto.


Chris Williams and Kid Reverie - Half A Mile.

Chris Williams and Kid Reverie’s new album began with an inquisitive search for a simple sound. Having heard Steve Varney’s (Kid Reverie) open-back banjo accompanying fellow songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov on a YouTube video, Williams began tracking down something similar for his own personal collection. “That banjo sounded so amazing on one condenser mike, and I wanted to find one like it,” says Williams. After a long search, he landed on Varney’s website. Williams noticed that he offered lessons and decided to sign up for one or two. “I was so taken with his work and his instrument that I’d pay to talk to him,” Williams chuckles. Kid Reverie recalls, “Chris always came to our lessons with a solid idea. I routinely found myself saying something like, ‘This is great, now let’s make it a song.’”

The pair have just announced the upcoming album Something from Nothing—due out March 3rd, 2023. Born from their initial collaboration, the pair eventually c0-wrote the twelve songs that became Something from Nothing. C0-produced by Williams and Varney and mastered by Varney, the two played every instrument on the album—with the exception of Michael McKee who joins in on drums for five songs and Ayda Varney who plays cat toy sounds on a tune. “This process was very cathartic. It took a trying time for both of us and allowed us to open ourselves to a writing partnership that neither of us expected. I am grateful for this amazing musical experience and hope everyone enjoys these songs as much as we loved creating them!” Kid Reverie affirms that he’s “rarely had such deep collaboration with another songwriter. For so long it felt like we were just doing lessons. I think it took both of us quite a while to realize we were co-writing songs and making an album.”

This week, Chris Williams and Kid Reverie shared the first listen from Something from Nothing, the ebbing and flowing “Half a Mile.” Written a few tunes into Williams’ and Varney’s time writing songs together, “Half a Mile” was a marked point of exploration for the pair, entering a mix of time signatures and tempo changes. “Every writing session we had, I was blown away by Steve’s in-depth knowledge of theory, song structure and catalog of hundreds of songs and examples within each at his fingertips,” remembers Williams. “Very useful when reaching for ideas and inspiration.”