With a name inspired by a Prince song, you would be fooled into thinking Sydney based Paisley Park are band trying to relive the 80s. Luckily, the band is years ahead and producing some chilled indie folk tunes that serenade you, carry you away and leave you in a relaxed state of contemplation.
Featuring on the debut EP ‘Grand Canopy’ is the peaceful track ‘Little Bit’, which blends the folk and indie genres perfectly. ‘Little Bit’ is underpinned by this beautiful and precise guitar pattern that is so sweet it continues to play in your head long after the track has ended. I also love the slow steady beats that lead into this fantastic low-fi drum solo midway through the track. Meanwhile the layered vocals help convey so much emotion and create this heavy melancholy ambiance. Its an amazing track, that like many of the Paisely Park tunes grows on you with every listen.
Their debut EP ‘Grand Canopy’ is amazing blend of plucky banjos, tender percussion and the soft emotional voice of Cal Thompson. Paisley Park’s music gives off such a relaxed vibe and the band is a real find, so be sure to download their chilled EP for free below.
Sydney soloist Bec Sandridge blew me away last Thursday when I saw her as the second support for Husky at Oxford Art Factory.
The thing that stands out about Bec Sandridge is the quirkiness of her vocals. Her singing is at quite a high pitch, but it isn’t glass shattering or painful, but rather beautiful and in many ways quite reminiscent of Kate Bush. It is certainly something different, and captivated me when I watched her on stage. Her guitar work is also pretty solid, and it was great to watch her finger picking her way through the intricacies of her songs whilst singing away. She is clearly quite the musician.
Her three tracks on unearthed, ‘Lyons and Bees’, ‘Too Kind’ and ‘Worst Ghost’ are all pretty sweet listens. I love the bounciness of ‘Too Kind’, but ‘Lyons and Bees’ (featured in part below) is probably my favourite of the tracks. I just love the blend of her smooth voice, guitar chords, and the driving beats from the drums. Its a great relaxed track. Anyway, make sure you check out her unearthed page and have a good listen, its well worth the time.
Also if you have a look at Bec’s facebook page, she has a couple more gigs coming up, so if you can try and get to one of those shows. You won’t regret it.