Seinking Ships Featuring Miki Berenyi

When the news surfaced that Lush’s Miki Berenyi was guesting on Eric Matthews and Christopher Seinks project, “Seinking Ships”, there was much rejoicing in the VPME office. Since Lush split Miki’s appearances have been few and far between, partly due to her disillusionment with the record industry ( Miki: “I’m like Les McQueen in The League of Gentlemen – always handing out my old records and warning my workmates about the pitfalls of the music industry – “It’s a shit business” – that’s my catchphrase”) and also due to the demands of work and family.

So what drew Miki to this project ?  “ Eric just asked me, I really liked his stuff in a funny way it reminded me of Emma’s songs. I know they’re completely different really, but there’s something in the weird harmonies and the slight jazziness—and they’re really bloody hard to sing!”

The album “Museum Quality Capture” has been  recorded and is “in the lab” and will hopefully be released in 2009, in the meantime Eric Matthews has  allowed us to post an exclusive  album track  featuring Miki and also shares his ideas behind the song.

“We Will Drink Wine” By Seinking Ships (Ft. Miki Berenyi)

ERIC MATTHEWS : This is a beautiful song that I wrote with Christopher for Miki to sing.   I wrote a little story about lovers who live in separate places and are making plans be together for the first time-  that thing about the anticipatory fantasy that can build up in a mind (or minds) of would-be lovers before touching for the first time.   For me it was a strangely creative romantic moment where I really tried to put myself in that situation. I thought it was something that Miki could connect with and I think she did.   And sure enough, we talked about it and she sang it like a beautiful broken bird, just what was needed!  When I was writing the vocal parts, and the lyrics, I realized that something was happening where it actually began to feel like I was writing a love letter from me to Miki.  Not because I have some deep romantic feelings for her, no.  She and I have never met.   Instead, it was this act of creating something so special, that I was going to hand to a wonderful girl like her, a song that I felt so very close to, and moved by.   That starts to sound creepy but really, those notes, and those words created a real mood where I would like to believe that the more sensitive listeners would hear this song and really begin to feel the yearning of the singer, if not also the writer.

and MIKI says :

“I remember the first time Moose and I were sat listening to Eric’s demo of the song with a lyric sheet and Moose raised an eyebrow at me and laughed, “ Does this bloke think he’s going to get his leg over?” And I plucked another grey hair from my fringe, grabbed two handfuls of belly gut and croaked through the fag hanging off my lip, “well, he’s in for a bloody shock if that’s what he’s after!”

Yeah, it is a nice song. High. I remember there were some very high bits.

Please note: I am totally rubbish at talking about music unless I put my English Lit BA head on and I’m currently in the middle of filling out my tax return so that’s not going to happen.”

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Links

Seinking Ships ( with more tracks featuring Miki)

Interview with Eric Miki and Chris

Eric Matthews

We Miss Miki

Lush

Light From A Dead Star

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14 comments

  1. Radical Rosie · January 20, 2009

    As a mom I can relate Miki🙂 . Lovely lovely song

  2. Christien · January 20, 2009

    Absolutely stunning

  3. Gavin Esler · January 20, 2009

    Come back girl.

  4. Sioux Gaze · January 20, 2009

    OMG, it’s like she never been away-awesome!!!!!x

  5. William 90 · January 21, 2009

    She’s still got it …come back,!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Lomax · January 21, 2009

    Angelic voice, devilish sense of humor

  7. vonpip · January 21, 2009

    Aye, its quality innit

  8. Mr. X · February 8, 2009

    I can’t seem to get the songs to play. Are they still online?

  9. Mr.x · October 2, 2009

    Alright!

    You’ve change the player..I don’t know what to think about that. A very haunting sound. I do like it though.

    Shame you can’t really make out the lyrics until the end.

    Lyrics anyone?

    Cheers again.

  10. Yeezy · December 15, 2009

    She sounds amazing on this!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. GasGas · December 23, 2009

    What’s the status of this album being released? I’m dying to get a hold of this! Miki’s voice brings back the feelings of hearing Lush for the first time. Fantastic!

    • C · March 23, 2010

      Album is coming out June 8th 2010 on S-Curve records.

  12. Project Blue · December 26, 2009

    The more I hear this, the more it comes across as Eric Matthews wank fantasy song…despite what he had to say about the situation!

  13. Zar-Unity (On Last.fm) · October 2, 2011

    Well this isn’t up to par with anything Lush worthy but it’s a okay vocal spot within a okay music track.

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