Torn Sail is a British psychedelic alt-folk-rock band fronted by Huw Costin. The band have a reputation for intensely moving and powerful live shows. Mark Lanegan, who contributed to their debut album – ‘This Short Sweet Life’ described the Torn Sail album as a masterpiece. Singer Costin is also known for his work with Earth The Californian Love Dream & collaborations with left-field disco artists Smith & Mudd) along with his own critically acclaimed solo albums Regrets (2009) and Something/Nothing (2013). Costin has also worked with Brian Eno, Michael Chapman and Mark Lanegan
Torn Sail rose from the ashes of The Cold Light of Day, put together by Richard Warren AKA Echoboy in 2008. When Warren quit to go solo, the band locked themselves in the studio and started recording. The first track completed – Birds- was released on cult balearic label Claremont 56 in 2011; Treasure (Part 1) was released in 2012, also on Claremont 56. The finished album didn’t surface until 2017 – finally released on Costin’s own Cwm Saerbren label, after close calls with other labels.
Despite a very limited pressing and zero marketing budget ‘This Short Sweet Life’ has picked up a lot of acclaim from serious music lovers, and tracks from the album have been reworked & remixed by artists as diverse as Andre Lodemann (Bestworks), Tiago (Paper), Cos/Mes, Frankie Valentine (Claremont 56), & Shrinkwrap (Soft Rocks).