Sad Lovers & Giants are a post-punk band from Watford, England who formed in 1980. The original lineup included vocalist Garçe (Simon) Allard, guitarist Tristan Garel-Funk, bassist Cliff Silver, drummer Nigel Pollard, and keyboardist/saxophonist David Wood. In 1981, they released the 3-song 7” EP “Clé” and the "Colourless Dream" single. The “Lost In A Moment” 7” single followed in 1982. They released two studio albums, “Epic Garden Music” and “Feeding the Flame”, before disbanding in 1983. The band reformed in 1987.
“Lost In A Sea Full Of Sighs” is a collection of 9 songs recorded between 1981 and 1982. Seven songs from their first three 7” singles plus one demo and one song recorded for a John Peel Session in 1981 are compiled here. Lead singer and songwriter Garce Allard was influenced by the works of Sartre, Orwell, Huxley, Dali, and Kafka. Perhaps his most significant inspiration was T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’, which perfectly captured Allard's own feelings of alienation. Allard's lyrics are often autobiographical, and lean melodramatic. The music is moody and cerebral, awash with synthesizer swirls and sax interjections. The Chameleons, Modern English and The Cure.
All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket, designed by Eloise Leigh, features a drawing of an espalier used for "horizontal training”, a technique to control the directional growth of plants. Each copy includes an 8-page black and white zine booklet with lyrics, liner notes, and drawings, plus an 8.5x11” gig poster from the band’s archives. “Thissmall anthology of songs, by a little known and perverse English band from the 1980’s means as much to us as I hope it will to you.” (Garce Allard)