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Saturday Sun — Orixé [2014]

Saturday Sun — Orixé [January 2014]

 Saturday Sun — Orixé

EXCELLENT ALBUM Saturday Sun — Orixé & NOMINEE for 8th TAIS AWARDS / HARVEST PRIZE 2015
•   “Máme velkou lásku k Johnu Martynovi”.
•   Je mi potěšením ponořit se dovnitř. Kombinace úchvatně krásných vokálů, lidově znějící kytary a jednoduchých, ale efektivně zaměstnaných bicích vytváří krásnou atmosféru, která pohltí posluchače a vyvolává pocity hluboko "v ledvinách".
Location: Swanage, Dorset, Britain (UK)
Album release: January 2014
Record Label: Viva La Fleetwood
Duration:     59:23
Tracks:
01. Something In The Woods      3:25
02. Seagull      3:57
03. I Want A Life For You      2:37
04. Blinded By The Truth      5:26
05. Borderline      2:48
06. Seeds To The Sun      4:13
07. Down To The Forest      3:52
08. In Your Head      5:05
09. Like A Stray      5:02
10. Hollows      4:41
11. Singing Logos      6:15
12. Life In The Garden      3:25
13. Whale Song      8:37
Band members:
≈   Alex Hedley: guitar & vox
≈   Billy Merrick: guitar
≈   Allan Varnfield: drums
≈   Tobias Fitton: bass/vox
Written by:
≈   Alex Hedley / Billy Merrick 1, 6, 8, 11, 12
≈   Alex Hedley / Billy Merrick / Owen Thomas 2, 5
≈   Alec Harrison / Alex Hedley / Billy Merrick 3
≈   Alec Harrison / Alex Hedley / Luke Kill / Billy Merrick 4, 7, 10
≈   Alex Hedley / Luke Kill / Billy Merrick / Nathan Rowe 9
≈   Alex Hedley / Luke Kill / Billy Merrick 13
REVIEW
By David HonigmannScore: ****
The folk ambience is strangened by falsetto vocals and the psychedelic atmospherics that rise up to grip them
≈   The Isle of Purbeck is better known for its stone than it is for its rock, but Saturday Sun bring Laurel Canyon to the Tilly-Whim Caves.
≈   The folk ambience is strangened by Alex Hedley’s falsetto vocals and the psychedelic atmospherics that rise up to grip them. The best parts evoke the natural world: the plucked melody of “Seagull”, the distorted wash of “Whale Song”, the slow swell of “Down To The Forest”. Fortaken: http://www.ft.com/
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≈   "It washes over you subtly like the tide slowly creeping in or the warmth of the sun on your back. Yet there’s twists and turns, a building sense of urgency, a raw edge in each song. And a sense of power, weaved into the vocals — sometimes angelic in their falsetto, at times a gravelly near-roar of emotion. Their name, taken from the Nick Drake song, will wield comparisons, but Saturday Sun’s mix of folk, rock and psychedelia lays more with John Martyn or the early work of Pink Floyd. Saturday Sun create a sound that is as mesmerising and intricate plugged-in as it is stripped back and acoustic. It’s a sound that hints of americana, folk, rock, blues, even grunge influences all melted into a sound that is pure Saturday Sun."
BIOGRAPHY:
≈   “Gentle acoustics and luscious melodies.” — Q, Track of the Day
≈   “Where do Saturday Sun songs go? It's a question that's formed with awe. The way the group orchestrates and bends those minutes, it feels no longer than a blink. It was barely here and still it was memorable. It was delicate and it was demanding. It seemed as if it had been made through inner-turmoil that couldn't help itself, but tospill out onto the streets. It took over the way we suddenly felt” — Daytrotter
≈   In April, Saturday Sun released their debut ‘Seagull EP’ of four tracks on Lazy Butterfly Records, aided by iTunes placing it on their homepage as a recommended record. The title track won a coveted Q Track of the Day and a place on the soundtrack of forthcoming film House on the End of the Street. In addition the band were promptly invited to record sessions for Daytrotter, Crypt and Watch, Listen, Tell — the latter receiving over 11,000 hits in 1 week.
≈   Saturday Sun hail from Dorset and make music that is at once “delicate and demanding” — Dayrotter. It washes over you subtly like the tide slowly creeping in or the warmth of the sun on your back. Yet there’s twists and turns, a building sense of urgency, a raw edge in each song. And a sense of power, weaved into the vocals — sometimes angelic in their falsetto, at times a gravelly near-roar of emotion. Their name, taken from the Nick Drake song, will wield comparisons, but Saturday Sun’s mix of folk, rock and psychedelia lays more with John Martyn or the early work of Pink Floyd. Saturday Sun create a sound that is as mesmerising and intricate plugged-in as it is stripped back and acoustic. It’s a sound that hints of americana, folk, rock, blues, even grunge influences all melted into a sound that is pure Saturday Sun.
≈   The pitches shifted, the wraps of anticipation had almost suffocated the bubbles below. The cities stood tall but in a backdrop on broken structures, the molecules of water became broken, a far cry from the crystalline structures of 14 billion years of cosmic dance.
≈   To see was to see. Nothing more. And what was seen was accounted to for what was shown upon. The unambiguous world.
≈   Slowly what was seen in the mirror knew it resided within those around, like the swaying mangroves searching for the coolest of waters. How could anybody be sure...... they couldn't. So time passed for those that accounted it, a personal habbit on the planetary system, shame about no doctors being available!
≈   Then it popped and the shell broke. Of which was left stayed where it always resided.
Saturday sun came early one morning
In a sky so clear and blue
Saturday sun came without warning
So no-one knew what to do.
Saturday sun brought people and faces
That didn't seem much in their day
But when I remember those people and places
They were really too good in their way.
In their way
In their way
Saturday sun won't come and see me today.
Think about stories with reason and rhyme
Circling through your brain.
And think about people in their season and time
Returning again and again
And again
And again
And Saturday's sun has turned to Sunday's rain.
So Sunday sat in the Saturday sun
And wept for a day gone by.
Website: http://saturdaysun.get-ctrl.com
Bandcamp: http://saturdaysun.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saturdaysun
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaturdaySun1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saturdaysunmusic
Press: Hannahgould@hannahgould.co.uk / 0797 4000 415
Agent: National — Joanna Ashmore @ Coda Agency: joanna@codaagency.com London: Lowri Gerrard at IAM NEW MUSIC : lowri@iamnewmusic.com
Contact: Julian Able — julian@jamx.co.uk
Also:
Review by Liz Ahye; Score: 9 out of 10
:: http://www.iamnewmusic.com/2014/01/09/saturday-sun-orixe-album-review/
Paintings: http://www.adonnak.com/
INTERVIEW: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2012/06/saturday-sun-interview/
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REVIEW
By Tony David Foster
≈   Since the age of 18 I’ve watched ‘local’ bands with a heightened interest. Initially this was due to an obsession with music in general, for the last six or seven years it was my job as well as my passion. I managed music venues and through my own business promoted and encouraged local musicians and bands. I watched local artists maybe four or five nights a week, made many friends and saw some incredible talent, much of which received virtually no recognition outside of my then home county of Dorset. I left Bournemouth well over two years ago now, and at the time there was a band from Swanage (a sleepy, picturesque coastal town in the south-east of Dorset) who had been playing locally for less than a year, primarily in their own remote neck of the woods. I’d heard whispers of the luminosity and brilliance of Saturday Sun from a few who had already seen them — such mutterings I had heard many times before — so I booked them to play purely on hearsay.
≈   They blew me away. Again, this wasn’t the first time a local band had hit my senses hard, but there were a few things that stood out beyond the beauty of the music. Saturday Sun looked, and behaved off stage, like a trio of mellow (stoned), unkempt and unassuming teenagers. Apparently they lived in a caravan, which looked about right. They were faintly affable and shy with youth. On stage they were ridiculously radiant, illuminating the stage with such ease it looked as though they weren’t trying. ≈   Before leaving Bournemouth I booked them and watched them many more times, each time becoming more and more overawed by their talent. They weren’t perfect by any means, but Alex Hedley’s vocal talent as well as their ability to mix subtlety and intensity to create such a captivating sound had made them (considering their tender years) a band with huge promise — yes, something else I’ve said so often before.
≈   Soon after my departure they released Seagull — a wonderful self-released 7-track EP recorded at Conversion Studios. Seagull was made a recommended release on the iTunes homepage, their plaudits were growing and live appearances were increasing in number and worth. I’ve watched their progress from afar with great interest, and with fervour and excitement I purchased Orixé, their debut LP soon after its release. Plaudits continue to grow, from Rough Trade to Q, The Guardian and 6 Music. No wonder, Orixé shines like a beacon of youthful hope, mixing acoustic refinement, folk explosions and sonic soundscapes, all perfectly sculptured around the substantial vocal range and prodigious talents of Alex Hedley. More than anything I want music to move me; to affect my mind, body and soul, and Orixé does that in extravagant spades.
≈   Alongside co-founders Alex Hedley and Billy Merrick, Saturday Sun have recruited Allan Varnfield (drums) and Tobias Fitton (guitars) to record Orixé, both known admirers of the band before joining, and both oozing ability. Allan and Tobias only enhance the quality, not altering the band’s sound or aura which (whilst lending from the likes of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, John Martyn and Bon Iver) has an abundance of unique qualities. It’s impossible overstate the brilliance of Alex Hedley’s vocals throughout Orixé and attempting to choose a track to highlight his talents is pointless. Jeff Buckley is the most obvious comparison, and much like the great man himself it’s when you see Alex live that his talent and mastery hits you hardest.
≈   This performance not only highlights Alex’s ability, but also showcases Billy’s perfectly restrained electric guitar — a constant highlight throughout Orixé. Such subtlety can go unnoticed, but the band’s ‘less is more’ approach works perfectly, occasionally exploding into a more expansive alt-rock, psychedelic and multi-layered sound. It also reveals their laid-back nature, not taking themselves or their music too seriously, something that has become increasingly apparent from social media updates and interviews…
Q: Hey guys, for anyone that hasn’t heard any of you music how would you describe it?
A: A full cream mr.whippy dripping from a dog’s nose in the rising sun!
Vulture Hound
Q: What is the album about? Does it have an over-arching theme?
A: It’s about the spreading wings of an eagle, garnishing the nurtured souls of a forgotten past in a time that can only be remembered by a small amount. It’s also about how pizza is good.
Q: Can you tell me about the new 4-piece line up? What do you think it adds to the music?
A: It adds a certain benign decadence to the wings of glory. Mmm hot wings…
We Love Brighton
≈   Saturday Sun performed to great acclaim at last year’s Larmer Tree Festival, they’ve been tour support for Sigur Rós including a date at the Eden Project, and having now released this gem of an album it would seem even greater things await. ‘Seagull’ has featured on the soundtrack of independent horror film House at the End of the Street, and the band’s ability to paint sublime musical murals would suggest more scores must surely follow. Orixé does more than enhance the promise and potential of Saturday Sun; its maturity and magnificence places the band amongst its musical peers. Listen to the opening three tracks and be engulfed by beauty, listen to Orixé in its entirety and be swept away by a tidal wave of sonic euphoria. (http://tonydavidfoster.wordpress.com/)
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Saturday Sun — Orixé [2014]

 

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