Syd Arthur

Biography

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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13th September 2014 -

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English singer/songwriter, Peter Gabriel, has been honoured at the annual Progressive Music Awards, by being the award for 'Prog God', for his five decade long music career. The event was held at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre...

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Syd Arthur Announce New Album 'Sound Mirror' Released In The Uk 2nd June 2014

27th March 2014 -

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Canterbury psych-rock quartet Syd Arthur will release their new album 'Sound Mirror' through Harvest Records on 2nd June. Self-produced and engineered by Tom Elmhirst (Arcade Fire, Adele, U2), the album was recorded at the band's...

Syd Arthur Announces US Summer 2014 Tour Dates

6th March 2014 -

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Harvest recording group Syd Arthur has announced the release of their eagerly anticipated new album. Sound Mirror, the acclaimed British psychedelic band's second full-length outing, arrives on May 20th. Syd Arthur will celebrate the...

Syd Arthur To Release New Album 'Sound Mirror' Out In The US April 22nd 2014 Out In The UK June 2nd

23rd January 2014 -

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Harvest Records is excited to announce that Canterbury, England, psychedelic rock quartet Syd Arthur will release their new album Sound Mirror on April 22 (US) and June 2 (UK). Sound Mirror is the follow up...

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