If your brain is in need of some soothing over this busy period, we’ve got the perfect thing for you to dose up on in the form of the St. Bride Expanded EP from THE BLURRED SUN BAND. The Liverpool-based quartet have just dropped this jazzily psychedelic soup of tracks in time for you to bask in their warm glow while festive madness whirls around you. More akin to the gloopy melodies of Chilean dreamweavers Holydrug Couple than the phased guitars of Tame Impala, The Blurred Sun Band’s sound is redolent of a new strain of psychedelia that is stretching the form further from its classic origins and mashing it up with new styles – in this case, more hip hop and jazz fusion elements.
The new-ish label Eggy Records are responsible for bringing this EP to fruition, and have high hopes for even more to come from the band. You can listen to the St. Bride Expanded EP and read a short Q&A with the band below: the EP will also be available to download from Bandcamp soon.
If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
The term ‘psych’ is a bit of a catch-all these days, but probably a bit of that, plus a bit of jazz, plus some other stuff too.
What does your St Bride Expanded EP say about you?
We’re making music which tries to be interesting and original, without losing the charm of simplicity and groove. Apart from the title track which we recorded at Whitewood Studio, we recorded and produced it all in our living room, so we could take our time deciding what sounded ‘good weird’ and what was ‘bad weird’.
Did you have any particular artists in mind as an influence when you started out? What about them do you think you’ve taken into your music?
When we started out we were mainly influenced by all the Australian psych rockers like Tame Impala and King Gizzard, but we were always turned on by jazz and hip hop and that influence has started to show a bit more, especially in our live shows. If we’re going for lovely melodies and changes, some of our favourite jazzers are Pat Metheny and Esperanza Spalding, and when it comes to rancid grooves that make your face contort involuntarily, Thundercat and Yussef Kamaal tend to do the trick. We made a playlist of stuff which influenced our EP which you can find on our Spotify page if you’re interested.
Why is music important to you?
Music’s ability to stir the passions is unrivalled by any other artistic, or for that matter sensory experience. Big pompous beats, y’know?
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
ArtScience by Robert Glasper Experiment. More locally, get on Jo Mary and Samurai Kip.