I’ve been a big fan of Morcheeba since I first heard Skye Edwards’ voice on “Trigger Hippie.” I bought their first album, “Who Can You Trust?”, in the fall of 1996 and had it on repeat for weeks.
By the time Morcheeba released “Big Calm,” I was prepared for disappointment. The “sophomore slump” is a music industry cliche, but one that’s typically true. Not so for Morcheeba. Not only was “Big Calm” more accessible than “Who Can You Trust,” it was also more sophisticated musically and lyrically.
Surprisingly, of the five singles released off of “Big Calm,” only “The Sea” failed to chart — “Part of the Process” reached #38, “Let Me See” hit #46, “Shoulder Holster” hit #53 and “Blindfold” topped out at #58.
As far as I can tell, there is no “official” video of “The Sea,” the lead track and to my mind the best song on “Big Calm.” If you like this song as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this in-studio performance by Morcheeba on KCRW. You’ll enjoy this acoustic version of “The Sea,” too.