The Standing Waves
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From opener Sunken Heart, which pulls off the difficult trick of being both muscular and melancholy, and Ride Around, which could actually be Parsons (with Debbie Brown as Emmylou to Will Odgers’s Gram) this is a band that touch a lot of bases but never stay on them for too long. A remarkable, assured and, despite that, never dull and often gorgeous collection (David Quantick).
Debut Album “early reflections’ on the 6th JUNE 2017. The album was recorded mixed and mastered by South West Producer and band member Jolyon Holroyd with Will Odgers at Exeter Recording Studio Valvetastic.
Holroyd and Odgers put together a line up of musicians from the South of England to bring to life material largely written by Odgers, also the main singer songwriting force from the critically acclaimed Alt-folk band, Count To Fire. Holroyd co-wrote two of the songs with Odgers and he, and guitarist Andrew Claridge (Garageland, Robyn Hitchcock, Clowwns) each contribute a song of their own. Fronted by Odgers, It is perhaps his characterful tenor, pitched somewhere between Ron Sexsmith and Danny Wilson, that gives this collection of songs it’s most recognisable signature, Odgers also plays piano and acoustic guitar throughout.
Debbie Brown (The Worry Dolls) handles the majority of the harmony vocals which lift the music with a tone reminiscent of Emmy Lou and Kate Pierson.
Violin throughout the album by Joe Mansfield, (Count to Fire) who, also handles the keys for live shows.
Drums are by Holroyd’s go to session man Damo Waters (British Sea Power, Electric Soft Parade, Slug, Field Music) and the sound is produced in a 1970’s style lending further weight to a tilt towards Stevie/Lindsey era Fleetwood Mac. Live drums and the last song on the record ‘An Ocean Apart’ are played by Bruce Whiteley.(The Lazy House)
Lead and bass guitar are handled by Andrew Claridge while rhythm guitar, third part harmonies and strategic organ parts are placed strategically throughout the songs by Holroyd. Live bass guitar is handled by Jon Cook.(The Real Me) and on occasion by Miranda Sykes. (Show Of Hands).