New Music: Saturday Sun – Borderline

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Swanage is famous for many things; its picturesque coast filled with Jurassic period fossils, its immaculate steam railway and, of course the location of the calamitous fish-punching geography and sociology trip from The Inbetweeners. But now, Swanage presents Saturday Sun; laidback acoustic bliss, courtesy of four boys heralding from their base in an abandoned grammar school of all places – and unlike Will, Neil, Simon and Jay, there’s a real air of maturity about them.

Nowadays, it’s all too easy to throw a modern folk band like this into the same bag as bands like Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes, and yes, to an extent, they do fit a similar niche. But nonetheless, even from the first listen of their track Borderline, you find yourself lured in by the intricate acoustic fingerpicking and the raw grittiness of Alex Hedley’s vocals. The hypnotic ambient lull of the electric guitar set against despondent lyrics courtesy of Alex himself and guitarist Bill Merrick (‘There’s a river in me/ but the water runs cold’) set the tone of a track that could act as the soundtrack to any bleak winter’s day.

Their EP Seagull, which features six other tracks, is available on iTunes now, and you can catch them on one of their upcoming shows.

May 6th – The Regent, NW3, London – acoustic set
May 15th – TV Nights – Ronnie Scotts
May 26th – Plymouth University
May 29th – The Bedford Balham
June 29th – Communion at Bunters, Truro
June 30th – Totnes Studio Lounge
July 1st – Eden Sessions – TBC

Thomas Johnston

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