Local five-piece outfit Sun Theory have released their latest CD in an eclectic mix of folk rock/pop/bluesy original music written predominantly by founder and lead vocalist Richard Coldwell.
The line up on their second disc, which includes Sam Carpenter on drums, Anthony Scott on lead guitar, Glyn Lehmann on keyboards and piano, and Michael Boundy on bass, have been together for years in various forms, including prior band Cow and Linus, give or take a few members. Coldwell certainly can’t complain about writers block with the numbers of tunes he comes through with, collaborated on with his friends and musical colleagues.
Fine Dust, which was recorded and produced early in 2015, is a representation of the shift in the band’s own personal stories and triumphs over past years. Overall more uplifting and celebratory than previous more melancholy and reflective musical tapestries, the 13-track disc offers an insight into a more mature and relaxed vibe, with Elise Nettle being invited into the studio to share her lovely harmony vocals throughout the album.
Mastering was executed by Anthony Scott and recorded at Little House. The overall feel of the album is relaxed and sensitive, and their live performances will most definitely reflect this; their shows are always a busy affair with loyal friends and fans heading along to soak up the happy vibe.
Highlights from the album are the versatile keys showcased in songs such as Western Tribe, which is a funky and laid back track, and X, which a hauntingly lovely tune is showcasing the very musical nature of the group as we listen to lovely synthesised strings and piano/vocals, and a poignant lyric to accompany. Kicked, a looped and very cool rock song with amped-up drums and a tense, stressed feel to it, is not unlike something you may hear if you’re lucky in the soundtrack of a great flick – as boy storms out of pub leaving girl/type scenario. High drama but in a very cool way.
Buddha Says is a great song with an offbeat rhythm showing off the very musical beast lying within the entire band- their ability to politely step back and let others ‘have a turn’ is reflected in the careful arrangements of this disc. Tears At Midnight has a great riff at the start that is reminiscent of something from the ‘60s and makes you feel good instantly. Listening to the lyrics of She you can’t help but appreciate the clarity in which Coldwell writes; when he has a message to get across we can all identify with the people he chooses to mourn over/set free from his life/admire or revere.
Click HERE to read the interview with Sun Theory lead vocalist and guitarist, Richard Coldwell.