Daily Discovery: Sea Change

Daily Discovery is a daily feature that will highlight a new or recently discovered artist that we’re excited about. See the rest of our Daily Discoveries here.


Do you guys believe in the idea that you can only listen to certain types of music in certain situations or when you feel a certain way? Like, if it’s raining outside and you’re feeling sad, is Bright Eyes the only thing that feels appropriate? Is it impossible to listen to Bright Eyes when you’re really fucking happy? It seems wrong, doesn’t it—like it goes against some sort of unwritten musical code that all fans unconsciously (maybe consciously, I don’t know) abide by. I think about this a lot, especially when I find a new artist like Sea Change, who makes music that is, at it’s core haunting, but also so beautiful I want to listen to it all the time, no matter what mood I am in.

Sea Change, who is the alter ego of Ellen.W. Sundes, was born in Norway in the late ’80s with, what her bio says was “a natural fascination for noise, improvisation music, tiny acoustic instruments and synth pop.” And that shows, as her music is a chilling swirl of ascending and descending hushed electronic-based instrumentation, accentuated by Sundes’ ethereal, whispering vocals.

“Let’s Dance” is her latest, but equally enticing are “Bursting” and “Fearless.” All three give a good idea of what’s to come on her debut full length, which will be released later this year. Take a listen below.