- Release Date 2012-06-01
- Label United Recordings
- Catalog UTD6010
As you would expect from a 14 member pool of influences the Sunharbour sound is wide and expansive. The music is downtempo and grown upâ€¦. part Zero 7 sheen, part Penguin CafÃ© presence, part trip-hop groove, part summer beat movie soundtrack but all focused around a core of great songs.
Opening things up is â€œAinâ€™t All Thatâ€ a wandering excursion into summer days, uplifting strings and Nick Drake guitars. â€œMind Echoesâ€ trips into melancholy territory with London based Junior Williams delivering a finely mood setting vocal over fluid grooves and triphop beats . Insurgence is all about the building of musical tension via jazzier, musical textures. â€œWelcome Homeâ€ juxtaposes programmed beats and bass with free flowing chamber orchestra string washes.
Recent single, â€œWisdomâ€ creates a haunting and poignant pause in the record before 'Sailing' mixes in some earthy picked-guitar and mellow synth-lines to create a summers day Penguin-CafÃ© style soundtrack. â€œAnticipationâ€ returns to summer days this time with Tnisha pairing with Spanish guitar and themes. â€œMirrorsâ€ takes the album down a darker, haunting crescent.
With 'A Spark' Junior once again takes on the lead vocal duty, to deploy his breathy, soulful swinging presence to bear. â€œStrangeâ€ mixes in swinging beats, Celtic strings and moody brass stabs. The record finishes off with the darkly brilliant â€œThe Nightâ€ and the forlorn â€œAloneâ€.
Their debut album has been years in the making but resulting record (which was recorded at Abbey Road) was definitely worth the wait.