FROM OVERSEAS

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BIO

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Islands, volcanoes and instrumental exile stories.

 

From Overseas is an ambient project by musician/composer Kévin Séry. Using his guitar as his tool of expression, along with looping techniques, he creates a multiplicity of layers, intense drones and mesmerizing soundscapes both in the studio and in live performances.

 

Originally from the tiny French Overseas Department and Region, Reunion Island, he routinely bounces between his home island, a small port town on the east coast of the US and continental Europe picking up fresh ideas and inspiration along the way.


In 2019 and 2020, he was recognized as Best Experimental Act by Veer Magazine for his debut EP, Volcan and debut album, Home.

From Overseas has collaborated with artists such as awakened souls, Tyresta, zakè, 36, Benoît Pioulard, Slow Dancing Society and more.

Kévin Séry is also Label Manager at Past Inside The Present and an active member of Keep The Orange Sun and Color of Time.

"If you have yet to experience his live show full on immersed in the multimedia onslaught he brings to a stage, you've missed out. This music is church. The good kind of church. You don't listen to it so much as live through it. It sneaks in through your pores, prances around the cathedral of your mind, and leaves you marked"

             - Jeff Hewitt, The Antonym

 

"Veer Magazine 2019 Best Experimental Act”

- Veer Music Awards, Veer Magazine

 

MUSIC

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Color of Time

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Color of Time - Color of Time

LP | Digital available on Past Inside the Present

Color of Time is a long distance, ambient and drone project featuring Kévin Séry (From Overseas) and Nick Turner (Tyresta).

 

Created with guitar, synthesizers, Mellotron and effects, their music focuses on themes of impermanence, loss and the impact that humans have on each other and the planet.

Released November 19th, 2021

Keep the Orange Sun

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awakened souls & From Overseas - Keep The Orange Sun

LP | Digital available on Past Inside the Present

Los Angeles based ambient husband and wife duo, awakened souls join with Réunion Island native, From Overseas to create Keep The Orange Sun. 

After hearing each other’s individual music, a deeper conversation started about shared musical influences and inspiration leading to the creation of this album. 

Keep The Orange Sun guides the listener on a thoughtfully curated path. Starting with the certainty of life’s changes (Certainty of Tides) to arising self-doubt (Release/Adapt) and celebrating immersion in the present moment as the gateway to deeper connection with nature and one’s life (Keep The Orange Sun). 

The instrumentation present in each track channels elements of electronic, shoegaze & ambient with each artist’s distinct musical fingerprint highlighted.

Released September 24th, 2021

Anon 2

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Benoît Pioulard & From Overseas - Anon 2

LP | Digital available on Past Inside the Present

Two artists that have previously released works on Past Inside the Present come together for this anonymous split album. 

With this record we want listeners to go in blind, without ego or expectation, with the sole focus on what truly matters: the music. The artists will remain anonymous until the vinyl sells out and then we will reveal all.

Released March 5th, 2021

Live at the Hermitage Museum

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From Overseas - Live at the Hermitage Museum

CD | Digital available on From Overseas

This album is a live recording of a performance at the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk, VA on October 2nd 2020 for the Unknown Outcome Exhibit closing event on Climate Change and Sea Level Rise. 

Embracing improvisation, happy mistakes and unexpected sounds. Much love to the birds. 

Released December 4th, 2020

HOME

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From Overseas - HOME

LP | Digital available on Past Inside the Present

Beautifully mastered by Stephan Mathieu (12k, Shelter Press, Mexican Summer…), From Overseas released his first full length album “Home” on Indiana based label, Past Inside the Present.

“Home" is a journey through beautiful soundscapes where dark and light intertwine, where ambient tones give way to post-rock guitar craft, then segway to melodic drone, noise and back again. These soothingly powerful songs evoke emotions on a full spectrum, dreamy unplanned travels and inspire us to question the nature of the place that each of us calls home. 

Speaking of home, the fourth track, Maloya Tales, is a personal tribute to Séry's homeland 'Reunion Island' and gives you another glimpse of the mystical rhythms of traditional Reunionese Maloya music.

Released March 25, 2020

MELANCHOLIC OBJECTS

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From Overseas - Melancholic Objects

Digital available on Healing Sound Propagandist

'Melancholic Objects' is a long form guitar and field recordings composition primarily inspired by Félicia Atkinson’s recent book titled, ‘A Forest Petrifies: Diamond Feedback’. 

'There is beauty in discovering new places at a specific moment in time which can affect us deeply. This piece is a soundtrack for these unique dream-like, personal, past, present and future memories.' -KS

Mastered at Black Knoll Studio (NY) by Rafael Anton Irisarri.

Healing Sound Propagandist is Past Inside the Present digital-only sublabel.

Released January 31, 2020

VOLCAN

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From Overseas - Volcan

Cassette | Digital available on From Overseas

Volcan, the first EP by From Overseas is an exercise in time-slowing and space distorting music.

 

A soulful experience where, one by one, the multiple layers of sound raise you safely to contemplate the origins of the world from up above. It is a synesthetic trance, where nature has the ultimate powers of destruction and infinite creation as well. Volcan is an invitation to embrace both dynamics. The rumbling tremors expressed by Sery's intense ambient strums, and the peaceful floating sensations combine in a poetic arpeggio to bring your imagination to picture the sight of new lands forming in the ocean.

The melodic and soaring journey is also Sery's first tribute to Reunion Island. The fourth track, Volcan, gives you a glimpse of the hauntingly beautiful and mystical rhythms of traditional Reunionese Maloya music.

Released February 28, 2018 

SPLIT EP - I

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From Overseas & Fearn - Split EP

Cassette | Digital available on From Overseas

Split EP - I is a collaboration between From Overseas and Fearn both native of Reunion Island.

 

A couple of days, a few recording sessions and some coffee for a piece of ambient music. Recorded in May 2018. 

Side A - From Overseas / Side B - Fearn 

Released June 6, 2018

 
 

SHOWS

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2021

OCT  29  FRI  |  Static Age Records  |  Asheville, NC (USA)

OCT  23  SAT  |  The Slowdive Gallery  |  Norfolk, VA (USA)

2020

OCT  02  FRI  |  Hermitage Museum  |  Norfolk, VA (USA)

APR  17  FRI  |  Smartmouth  |  Norfolk, VA (USA)

Fall 2019

SEP  28  SAT  |  LESPAS  |  Saint-Paul (Reunion Island)

OCT  1  TUE   |  El Latino  |  Le Tampon (Reunion Island)

OCT 4  FRI     |  Le Zinzin  |  Grands Bois (Reunion Island)

OCT 8  TUE   |  La Cerise  |  Saint-Paul (Reunion Island)

 

GALLERY

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