"My Father Was A Sailor" is a collection of nautical-themed songs inspired by Glenn D'Cruze's late father's life at sea with the British Merchant Navy. Its highlights include a choir throughout, a horn section featuring JP Carter (Destroyer) & narratives by Stuart David (Belle & Sebastian, Looper).
Though some of these sea-themed songs were written before Glenn’s father William D’Cruze recently passed away, they took on new meaning after he died which inspired additional songs about the sea, his life and the afterlife – and the transition between the two.
There’s a laid back 1970’s vibe, a theatrical quality and a prevailing undercurrent of sadness and beauty flowing throughout the record while retaining the atmospherics and layers of melody from its predecessor, "Skylines."
"My Father Was A Sailor" was played by Glenn and Jonathan Anderson with a horn section and was sung by Glenn with a fourteen person choir. Scotsman Stuart David contributes gale warning and shipping forecast narratives on "The Sailor & The Stenographer" and "Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle" respectively. Also included is a cover of "South" written by Mark Powell & Lupe Núñez-Fernández of European duo Pipas.
Watch the videos filmed aboard an Icelandic container ship on the desolate North Sea/North Atlantic Ocean by filmmaker Greg Gillespie at www.northatlanticexplorers.com.