INTERVIEW: Izzy Gliksberg of Late Sea

I was recently swept off my feet while listening to Late Sea‘s “The Great White.” It was a beautiful journey that I still say is better heard than described. So it was with some excitement that I sat down with Izzy Gliksberg for a quick interview.

You’ve described your EP, The Writers Trilogy, as an audio visual fantasy. Could you expand on what you mean by that?

The visuals and music soldered together as one unit. The videos didn’t come a little after the music, they came together with each other. We’ll be releasing a film with the project that’s about 25 minutes long.

You’ve stated that the authors that complete the Writer’s Trilogy are Paul Celan, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Franz Kafka. Can you tell us a little bit about the authors and why you chose them?artworks-000175576319-80fhhs-t500x500

I feel like Kafka is a bit more known. Marquez is a Colombian author that won the Nobel Prize for Literature. And Celan, he’s probably a bit less well known in the US. He’s a German Jewish poet. All three of them have had a large influence on me and how I make art; I love all of them. Reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Marquez really sort of jump started the project for me, and made the first song off the EP take place. It was just sort of instinctive.

Have other authors and artists influenced your music?

I guess everything goes into what you make. As a band I feel we’ve got a very wide spread. Joe, our drummer, is very big into Jazz music. Sam, the trumpet player, listens to classical music. I like listening to experimental pop. So, yes, I guess. A lot of other things go in, everything goes in.

You have an incredible sound going on. What goes in to crafting your sound?

A lot of energy goes into our sound. With “The Great White,” we brought in three female singers and recorded them over and over to get this choir like effect with renaissance influences. We just work a whole lot on our sound.

What direction do you think your sound will take next?

With the first four tracks finished, we’re able to dig through for things we like, and things that sort of create a sound world around the listener. We aim for a very ambient and very emotionally charged outcome.

What goals do you have for future projects?

The videos and music around The Writer’s Trilogy will be released in 2016, with an album of it in early 2017. We’ve been doing a bunch of shows, and look forward to doing more. We did some “Lost Highway” shows at the House of Yes in New York, and in December we’ll be back there to do Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands.”

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I like September. I’m sad that it’s over. It’s my favorite month.

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