“Having been raised in the northern part of Sweden with almost no daylight in the winter time, the presence of the sun has always been something worth running for. Last winter, the restrictions on movement made the circumstances extraordinary. When you couldn’t enjoy much else around you, the appearance of natural light from above was the ultimate joy. To such an extent that one would even risk driving an hour or two from your home zone to find it,” says Plàsi.
A semi-concept album of sorts, Foreign Sea, is a journey with Plàsi to a place where one can reflect on “the world we live in, and what actually matters.” Writing gentle pop songs in the tradition of nylon-string pluckers before him (like Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan, Hollow Coves, George Ogilvie, and Cat Stevens), Plàsi used the shift in perspective to push his music to a new realm.
When it came time to lay these new songs down, Plàsi teamed up with Linus Hasselberg and Hannes Hasselberg, the talented Swedish brothers who also helmed theship on the last two EPs 'Mystery and Where I Belong'. And after getting prepped over Zoom, the trio made plans to record the album in two sessions that would merge Plàsi’s disparate roots: one taking place in Sweden, the other in Greece. “I always wanted to do an album like that,” Plàsi explains. “And I’m stubborn, so I wanted to see it through.”
Adhering to international guidelines and working carefully to keep the group small and the process safe, Plàsi and the Hasselberg brothers recorded an initial session on the scenic island of Gotland in Sweden and then reconvened soon after on the historic region of Peloponnese in Greece. In both places, they set up “pop-up” studios in cozy homes, capturing the unique sounds of their locations: “It was quite the simple set up,” Plàsi says. “We had good microphones, and we had a good room.”
Plàsi handled guitars and vocals, Linus added strings and brass, and Hannes contributed keyboard, piano, and percussion—an inspired musical world-building up between the three of them. And then in Greece, three local musicians joined to add even more texture: Yvonne Melissaon violin,Christos Anastasiadison clarinet and bagpipe, and Tasos Kofodimoson laouto, a traditional Greek instrument. “We had some beautiful days together,” says Plàsi.
Listen to 'Chasing the Sun' here
Pre-save 'Foreign Sea' here
February 3 Stockholm, Sweden @ Hus 7
February 6 Oslo, Norway @ Café Langs Akerselva
February 7 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Ideal Bar
February 8 Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
February 9 Hamburg, Germany @ Bahnhof Pauli
February 10 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
February 11 Köln, Germany @ Artheater
February 12 St. Gallen, Switzerland @ Nordklang Festival
February 13 Zürich, Switzerland @ Papiersaal
February 15 Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
February 16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Chapeau Rouge
February 17 Warsaw, Poland @ BARdzo Bardzo
February 18 Leipzig, Germany @ Neues Schauspiel Leipzig