Saturday Sun shines
SATURDAY SUN may be from Swanage, Dorset, but they're definitely honorary Cornishmen – the four-piece have toured here relentlessly, recorded in the county and are managed by Mevagissey's Julian Able.
They take their name from the Nick Drake song, which will give you some clues to their sound though that's only half the story.
On their debut album, Orixé, there are touches of psychedelia, the explorative nature of Pink Floyd just after Syd Barrett lost his mind and left the band and the soaring indie-blues of Jeff Buckley and Starsailor before the latter disappointed.
The mixture of influences creates a sound built on gentle, but intricate acoustic guitar work, but one that sonically grows into something bigger, with lush expansive melodies.
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The secret weapon here and one that sets them apart from other bands is vocalist Alex Hedley, whose range veers from falsetto to an earthy, almost growling baritone. His voice is an astonishing weapon.
In 2012, Saturday Sun released their debut Seagull EP, which was an iTunes recommended release. Its title track was awarded a Q 'Track of the Day', used on the soundtrack of independent horror film House At The End Of The Street and appeared on the US ABC Network show Twisted. The EP, on a limited run on the band's own label Viva La Fleetwood, sold out in a matter of weeks.
Last year Saturday Sun have toured extensively including two shows at the Eden Project – one supporting Sigur Ros – and as support on Nordic Giants' recent tour. Alex Hedley laid the vocals for the Nordic Giants' recent Violent Lights track, heralded across many of the big UK and US blogs such as My Old Kentucky and The Line of Best Fit.
Now comes Orixé, recorded variously in a derelict Swanage school, a cave in the cliffs just outside the town, a dark dank cellar somewhere in East London, a studio above a shopping precinct near Southampton and in the basement of producer John Cornfield's home here in Cornwall.
Cornfield (Muse, Oasis, Stone Roses) mastered the entire album too.
What's On's Lee Trewhela said: "Never has a band been more inappropriately named – Monday Dusk is more apposite than Saturday Sun; many of these songs build from gentle, icy whispers to an emotional turmoil that's devastating on the likes of Blinded By The Truth and I Want A Life For You.
"If the likes of Turin Brakes have ever floated your boat then invest in this album immediately."
Orixé was released on Monday on Viva La Fleetwood Records on CD & Digital and is also available from iTunes, Spotify and the rest.
You can see the band at the New Inn, Tywardreath, on Thursday, January 23, and Penzance's Studio Bar on Saturday, January 25.