Syd Arthur – Liam Magill, his brother Joel (bass, vocals), Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin) and Fred Rother (drums) emerged out of Kent early in the new century, their post-millennial revision of classic British psychedelic music leading MOJO to proclaim them “Canterbury’s dazzling new sons.” On An On, the band’s debut album affirmed their insatiable appetite for invention, bridging ambitious time-shifting workouts with indelible folk-pop dazzlers like the breakthrough single, “Ode To The Summer.”
Free and edgy, operatic and immediate, new album, Sound Mirror sees Syd Arthur lighting out for the territory, reconfiguring contemporary psychedelia with a harmonic interplay of deeply felt song craft, collectivist performance, and limitless invention. Their second full-length outing, the album sees traditional borderlines obliterated as elements of free jazz improvisation, floor-filling funk, and bucolic folk fuse with the band’s most concentrated and emotionally direct songwriting thus far. Sound Mirror expands and refines Syd Arthur’s already uncommon sonic multiverse into a brave new space where focus and concision is as essential as freewheeling abstraction and genre-shattering creativity.
Syd Arthur have earned hosannas as an exhilarating live act, honing their distinctive jams through near-constant performance, from headline shows to support slots alongside White Denim, Vampire Weekend, as well as upcoming performances tours with Jonathan Wilson and Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.
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, even Making Dens era Mystery Jets – with imaginative, whimsically sweet, melodies.