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Clayhands: Featuring soaring soundscapes and beautifully constructed instrumentals.

Clayhands – Is This Yes?

Australia is for me an exciting country with many scary and deadly animals and many grass fires, and as a bonus, a lot of great music and great bands, and one of the good band is Clayhands. Sydney’s Clayhands have joined Sydney-based label Bird’s Robe Records. Their self-produced debut album Is This Yes? Was  released worldwide on Friday, October 29th, initially on CD & digital formats, followed by a vinyl release in 2022.

Featuring soaring soundscapes and beautifully constructed instrumentals, the band recall the lush pieces of artists like Tortoise, Grails, Do Make Say Think, as well as composer Hans Zimmer and soundtrack legends Goblin.

Going back further, there are comparisons to early era Yes and King Crimson.Having only just emerged on the Sydney live music scene, the project features a revolving lineup of live performers, anchored by a core of four members.

Clayhands join the immense Bird’s Robe Australian roster alongside Sleepmakeswaves, We Lost The Sea, Meniscus, Closure in Moscow, Toehider, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving, SEIMS, Dumbsaint, Solkyri & more.

The band released the following announcement:

«In exciting news, we’re honored to be signing up with The Bird’s Robe Collective, an integral cog of the progressive music scene in Sydney, and indeed, many other places. This marks an enthralling new chapter in the book of Clayhands».

Bird’s Robe Records’ Director Mike Solo released the following statement:

 «I recently heard the debut album from this Sydney group and was blown away, it’s glorious. They also played an excellent support set for Solkyri recently, I got excited and invited them to join the family. This is a wonderfully talented young group and I’m super happy to be helping share their music with more people around the world».

 Otto Wicks-Green, guitarist of label mates & fellow Sydney post-rock group Sleepmakeswaves, had this to say about a preview copy of the album:

 «It’s lovely. A very cinematic take on post rock. There are parts that felt to me like Hans Zimmer meets Eits with those sweeping harmonic strings sections, but with this cool mathy spice throughout keeping everything pulsing. Then these more abstract and funky jazz moments. Very thoughtful arrangements and instrumentation keep it interesting».

 «There’s a pleasant spaciousness to these tracks. Overall (they) have done a great job and this is a killer release. it kept me wanting to stay for the whole thing, which is no mean feat for an extended instrumental record. another feather in the Bird’s Robe cap for sure».

Is This Yes? Tracklistr:

1.Godolphin

2.Orchid

3.Murking

4.The Boy Left

5.Polars

6.Playgrounds

Line-up:

Heather Darvey – drums, percussion, congas, steel drums, glockenspiel

Matthew Brazel – electric guitars, nylon guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, synth, FX

Ricky Thom – electric guitars, kalimba, percussion

Ronan Geraghty – piano, keyboards, drums, bass, synths, glockenspiel, percussion, vox, FX

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6703 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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