Not a Sound

Delighted to read this lovely review of sparrowfeather by Zack from Not a Sound.

‘…simply gorgeous. Behind Joe Woods’ elegant finger picked guitar lines and reflective lyrics is a fully fleshed out world of reverby harmonies, lush string arrangements, and strikingly dynamic bass lines. Jay Sunaway shift effortlessly between hushed “one guitar, one voice” folk and groovy full band alt-folk crescendos, sometimes throwing in key and tempo changes along the way for good measure.’

https://notasound.org/2019/08/11/review-sparrowfeather-by-jay-sunaway/?fbclid=IwAR2kVKsiFb1rOrzY2pT3BOmiVaWpjnIbInyCm8etBVH6NaZ_06OBZPK0yfo

Kittiwake Cry

Announcing our new single ‘Kittiwake Cry’, out now on Upcycled Sounds.

It’s taken from our forthcoming EP sparrowfeather. It’s inspired by coastal walks over burial grounds in East Anglia, and combines West-African influenced electric guitar style with lush string arrangements from Limpet Space Race’s Hannah Jakes.

The whole EP is available now as part of our picture postcard series, created by Rebecca Loweth. Buy here.

How to listen online

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The song is depicted in one of three picture postcards commissioned from collage artist Rebecca Loweth: “Reveal and conceal, appearance and disappearance, these words are key to the thinking behind this work and link to my fascination with Roland Barthes’ concept of the ‘seam’. Barthes describes the seam as being the site of both loss and of desire. I am interested in playing with the tension of the edge or seam by working with folding to collage.”

The meandering lyrics about time and place were inspired by the Sebald novel The Rings of Saturn, and all the bird imagery was taken from Adam Nicholson’s fantastic book The Seabird’s Cry.

80 postcards with Rebecca’s art are available on Bandcamp, and come with a free download of the single.

Hannah Jakes: accordion and vocals
Will Palmer: bass and vocals
Anna Parino: violins and vocals
Eddy Spirit: drums
Joe Woods: guitars, synth and lead vocals

Written by Joe Woods, arranged by jay sunaway
String arrangements by Hannah Jakes
Artwork by Rebecca Loweth
Recorded and mixed by Niko O’Brien, Upcycled Sounds
Produced by Upcycled Sounds
Mastered by Felix Davis, Metropolis Studios

Rocks Single

Rocks

Announcing our new single ‘Rocks’, out now on Upcycled Sounds.

It’s taken from our forthcoming EP sparrowfeather. It’s about London, and everything hidden underneath it: buried rivers, forgotten holy wells, underground trains and urban fox-holes.

The whole EP is available now as part of our picture postcard series, created by Rebecca Loweth. Buy here.

Feedback so far…

“I love your honouring of holy wells buried beneath the street, and urge to “let a little firelight in”… That, in the hearts of streetwise saints whose mountain caves are hidden in the tower blocks and the tenement halls.”

Alastair McIntosh (Soil & Soul author)

“…combines folk instruments, accordion and fiddle, with bass and drums but without going all folk-rock.  In fact, their music displays great subtlety.”

Folking.com

For press enquiries please contact jaysunaway@upcycledsounds.co.uk

How to listen online

Stream on Spotify

Stream or download on Bandcamp

Watch lyric video on YouTube

Stream on Soundcloud

Watch Live Video

Info

The song is depicted in one of three picture postcards commissioned from collage artist Rebecca Loweth: “This work shows two very similar postcards that feed into one another, highlighting the ceaseless reproduction and the prescriptive aesthetic of the commercial holiday souvenir. Collage creates an interruption, I am fascinated by the idea of desire and loss of the image. My work asks the audience to look at the familiar imagery with a renewed curiosity and fascination.”

80 postcards with Rebecca’s art are available on Bandcamp, and come with a free download of the single.

Hannah Jakes: accordion and vocals
Will Palmer: bass and vocals
Anna Parino: violins and vocals
Eddy Spirit: drums
Joe Woods: guitars and lead vocals

Written by Joe Woods, arranged by jay sunaway
Artwork by Rebecca Loweth
Recorded and mixed by Niko O’Brien, Upcycled Sounds
Produced by Upcycled Sounds
Mastered by Felix Davis, Metropolis Studios