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    • Eight Best Songs of the Week: Julien Baker, The War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Alice, and More
      Charlottesville, Virginia is only just over an hour a way from Under the Radar's headquarters. It's the best local city to see shows in and it's a great little progressive college town that we visit often. So we watched in horror, disbelief, and disgust last weekend as the violent and tragic events in Charlottesville surrounding the white supr […]
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    • Album of the Week: Grizzly Bear
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    • A Fever Dream
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    • Ryan Adams Lambasts Father John Misty August 20, 2017
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    • Architects Singer Calls Out Abuse At Dutch Show August 20, 2017
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    • Elderbrook's 'Woman' Is A Chopped Up Gem August 18, 2017
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    • Sian Anderson Picks Out Some Summertime Jams August 18, 2017
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    • Premiere: BLESS. - 'Easy Lover' August 18, 2017
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Falcon’s Nest Favorites: Syd Arthur – Ode to the Summer

Posted by falconi5 on January 5, 2014


sydEcho’s of the 60’s English Psychedelic scene, the band take their name from Pink Floyd pioneer Syd Barret and Arthur, the Kinks concept album.

from the Syd Arthur web site

Syd Arthur, a quartet of Canterbury-based devotees of sound immersed in the simple pleasures of songwriting, performance and exploratory musical interplay. 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. Naturally, in 2009, Wicker Studios, their own studio space was created, followed by their record label, Dawn Chorus Recording Company. Syd Arthur may revel in the music of decades long past but, as psychedelic rock goes, they match the hallucinogenic sounds of modern contemporaries like Wolf People, Black Mountain, Tame Impala – with imaginative, whimsically sweet, melodies.

When the band released early tracks in 2010 (on their Moving World EP) they were swiftly picked up by The Guardian and included in their Band of The Day feature. Here, on their debut album proper, 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 Soft Machine. That these influences are successfully integrated into their songs rather than merely grafted on as stylistic affections says a lot about the band’s desire to hone their craft. And hone it they very much have on debut album On An On.

Syd Arthur’s 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 burgeoning in Europe as they continue to pick up tours in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and most recently Italy. This is an accomplished live band.

With the benefit of an extra 40 years of popular music culture, WOMAD festivals and the entire world’s musical output at their fingertips, the Psychedelic genre no longer sits, gathering dust, in the decades gone by. Syd Arthur embrace its origins, lodge their feet in the present, and hold up a triumphant head, pointed firmly at the future.

 

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