Syd Arthur – New Double A Side Single 'Ode To The Summer / Edge of The Earth'
Dawn Chorus Recording Company 11th March
When Syd Arthur emerged in 2012 with their debut, self-recorded, self produced, self released album On An On , it didn’t take long for them to rocket to critical acclaim.
Hailed as natural successors to Canterbury’s famous folk-prog sound, they not only connected with fans of Caravan, Soft Machine and Gong, but with fans of contemporary artists like Tame Impala, Devendra Banhart and Wolf People. Rave reviews across Q, Mojo, Uncut and The Guardian followed. With the release of the single Dorothy in late 2012, the band had their first taste of UK radio support, scoring plays across Radio 2, 6 Music, XFM, Amazing Radio, NME Radio, Q Radio and more.
Greatly inspired by the sonic pioneers of the late 60s and early 70s, they have patiently learned how to engineer, produce and mix themselves, using an innovative hybrid of analogue and digital techniques. They seamlessly mix bucolic, retro reveries, devastating blasts of precision controlled riffing, sweeping folk, fleet-fingered mandolin work and a musical vocabulary that’s as fluently conversant with world music as it is the time signature twists of many progressive artists.
The band then finished their 2012 with a sell out headline show at Communion’s club night at The Wilmington Arms, recorded a live session for Daytrotter, were invited by Qthemusic.com to write an in depth blog on world music, received a full page ‘High Hopes’ feature from Classic Rock magazine (who also included Edge of The Earth as one of their Best Tracks of 2012) and booked themselves a spot at SXSW for this coming March. On Boxing Day, Paul Weller and Bradley Wiggins presented a Radio 2 show of their favourite songs, during which Weller picked Ode To The Summer . He also talked the band up in Uncut magazine in their My Life In Music column (Dec 2012) and even invited them to support him live in Europe.
It’s live that Syd Arthur really continue to impress - their intricate, high-energy live sets, which to date include Glastonbury and Secret Garden slots, have resulted in a large following emerging – one that is also blossoming in Europe as they continue to pick up tours in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and most recently Italy. When the band hit
SXSW in March, they’ll certainly be a must-see.
Performing at SXSW
Wednesday 13th March
3pm - WuWu Festival @ 1407 E 7th Street
Saturday 16th March
1pm - British Music Embassy at Latitude 30
Saturday 16th March
4pm - Vyclone Double Decker Sessions @ 315 E Caesar Chavez (at Trinity)
Saturday 16th March
8:30pm - VEVO Control Room - Yamaha Presents
Praise for debut album On An On
'Dorothy begins with a calmative wash of heat-have guitars, then cedes to a lazy, joined at the hip groove that's a small marvel of poise and subtlety.... Enchanting'
‘Dizzyingly intricate… they bristle with energy and ideas’
‘Strong compositional ideas… a careering piece’
‘Syd Arthur are sons and heirs of those Canterbury musicians who did sometimes whimsical, sometimes intense things with psychedelic and progressive rock’
‘Intricate compositions, expertly woven to make these stunning aural conversations between all of the major sensory points in your body.’
‘Staggeringly good. It will take something exceptional to beat On An On to Prog Album Of The Year’
‘Fleet-fingered folky flavours steeped in prime prog history’
‘Their debut album On An On has maintained the psychedelic influences and enhanced them with a modern pop sensibility. The musicianship is intricate and finds them sounding like Devendra Banhart in his softer moments’
‘Ornate and glassy-eyed perspectives’
‘A unique sound that is both full and intriguing… curious and surprisingly uplifting’
‘Blends taut mandolin lines with fuzztone propelled jazz guitar… fresh and relevant’
Also heard on
BBC Radio 2, (Dermot O Leary), BBC 6 Music (Gideon Coe, Cerys Matthews, Tom Robinson), XFM, Amazing Radio, BBC Scotland, NME Radio, Q Radio