You’d expect sonic layers and echoes from a duo named The Sea The Sea. When I first heard their song “Love We Are We Love,” from a brand new album of the same name, it struck me how thick the vocals were. But when I saw the music video I was confounded. How can two people make such a lush recording on the spot?
Although the song starts in hushed tones, it quickly picks up the pace with guitar, tambourine and snare. And while the title is a tongue-twister, it’s almost easy to sing along on the first listen.
The band takes its name from the ancient Greek soldiers’ cry of joy when returning home from battle. By email, members Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley explain how the song came to be.
CMT Edge: What do you remember about the first time you sang together?
The Sea The Sea: We sang together the first day we met. We were at a music festival in West Virginia, sitting on a picnic table in the middle of a park. We noticed the blend immediately. As a musician, you’re always singing with other musicians, but singing together, the two of us felt very different than anything either of us had ever experienced. Our voices just seemed to fit and follow one another. It was like dancing.
I’ve read that this song is about taking a leap of faith. What were you thinking about when you wrote “Love We Are We Love”?
In the leap of faith scenario, “Love We Are We Love” is the anthem playing after the leap, during the free fall! It’s a song about embracing the possibilities that come with making a leap into the unknown and also the understanding that so much of the outcome is dependent on the perspective you choose to bring to the situation. “Is it a bird or a stone?” for instance. Is it something that lifts you up or brings you down?
The original inspiration for the song is the old adage “too soon old, too late smart.” There’s something about that phrase that really resonated with us — perhaps not exactly in the way it’s intended. But for us, the idea that it’s difficult to see the outcome of things or find the “purpose” in things while they’re happening and that fear of the unknown is what can keep us from taking chances in the first place. And that maybe not following your instincts toward change ages you in some way, in the sense of dampening your spirit.
That’s true for any age. There are a lot of older people who are young and vice versa. And then beyond that — the palindrome and this idea of love — is just that love (in its many forms) is a force of nature, and it’s the impetus on some level for all of the decisions we make and this thread through our lives that connects us with ourselves and each other. So there’s something cyclical, circular about it that we tried to capture through the lyrics and in the arrangement.
The video is simple, but it really conveys the right feeling. What was going through your mind just before the cameras started rolling?
Don’t mess up! Ha. It can be challenging in any sort of recording situation not to focus on the reality that you’re being recorded. The best way that we’ve found around that so far is just to focus on one another in those moments before we play — to make sure we’re connected. That’s the quickest way we can reach our most honest moments as performers so that we can just let the song come through.