Sons of the Sea is a collaboration between Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and producer Brendan O'Brien, who has manned the boards on several Incubus albums. Boyd penned lyrics for the project and sang while O'Brien wrote and played most of the music. The singer told Noisecreep
: "[We were] two artists who had worked together before, but now in a completely different context. Every song we worked on was different from the next one. It was a process of continual discovery."