Bucks Country trio Upperfields have released a new single called “Seascape,” the outfit’s first studio release in a few years and a reworking of a demo from last September.
Originally the moniker of local musician Shaun David Gould, Upperfields now includes Lee Clarke on Bass and synths and
Dustin Venuto Justin Leigh on drums. With the expanded line-up comes a fuller, more lush sonic environment on “Seascape” that moves from plugged-in folk to upbeat, rousing synth pop with the inclusion of a frantic synth. Upperfields recreate the feeling of swimming through the “silver waves” of the sea cave they’re singing about within this mini terrarium of a song, calling to mind equally environmentally-angled folk band Stornoway’s debut Beachcomber’s Windowsil (specifically “On the Rocks”).
Topically, the song is perhaps a play on “seascape” and “sea escape,” the “sea cave” acting as an other-worldy sanctuary for a foster child who’s life is otherwise lonely. In his daily adventures swimming through the sea cave he creates his own Odyssey-like world where he is needed and loved as a hero, seeing things “they wouldn’t believe” and saving “distressed ships.” Take a listen to the premiere of “Seascape” below.