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'Sun Bridge'   

-  Label: 'Bella Union'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '6th October 2017'

Our Rating:
Sun Bridge is named after the way a still lake provides the ideal conditions for the sun’s reflection to resemble a bridge across the water. A bridge over troubled water in this case, perhaps, since this record marks major changes in the band's line up.

Of the original members of this London-based quartet, only singer/guitarist Ed Wallis now remains. Jim Wallis and Nick Goss departed to be replaced by drummer Ben Walker and guitarist Leon Dufficy. Although founder-member Dan Davis worked on the album (and provided the cover painting), he has since left to live in San Francisco. Following this shake up, the live band will be augmented by keyboardist Henry Thomas and bassist Steve Blackwell.

Not surprisingly, Wallis talks about moving in different directions saying that "Our aim with this record was to be more dynamic [...] simultaneously stretching out the ambience while sharpening the focus”.

However, what he calls the "mid-tempo, dreamy kraut-pop" of their last record, ‘Best of Times’, still stands as a fair description of ' Sun Bridge' and there's certainly nothing in the relaxed vibe of their sound to suggest a band in crisis.

The lead single Everything At The End Of Everything, brings to mind the low key precision of Yo La Tengo and, while another track is entitled Curtain Calls, this doesn't feel like the end of the show by any means.

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  author: Martin Raybould

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