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Editors’ Notes

Sound Mirror is the second release by the British psych-rock quartet Syd Arthur. Drawing inspiration from prog, jazz, funk, and British folk, the band embrace their contradictions. Their concept screams retro, yet their sound has a modern edge. These recordings are dense and intellectual on the one hand, spacious and organic on the other, often falling into brief, mesmerizing grooves. Drawing on a deep well of technical ability and songwriting chops, the band use unusual time signatures and spacy textures while mixing in pop hooks, as on “Hometown Blues” and “Autograph.” Despite their obvious debts to classic prog and psychedelic bands, Syd Arthur steer clear of long solos or instrumental noodling, and this focus separates them from many of their longwinded psych-rock contemporaries. The songs are concise—a little more than three minutes on average—yet each of the 10 tracks contain intriguing twists and turns while leaving room to breathe. Even the frenetic instrumental “Singularity” follows its own logical and emotional path. It’s an adventurous and intriguing release that defies easy categorization.

Customer Reviews

Cool mix of old and new

Andrew Bird goes back in a time machine, manages to have children with the early members of Yes. They grow up and become Syd Arthur.


This might be my favorite album of 2014. Fresh and innovative sounding yet reminiscent of the best Prog-Rock bands from the past. Fantastic songwriting and catchy melodies make this album a winner. The perfect soundtrack for that special summer road trip. Count me in as a new fan!

I'm done......

With all other bands not named Syd Arthur. Loved them @SXSW. Can't wait till this album is released!


Genre: Alternative

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Since their formation in 2006, British psych-rock quartet Syd Arthur have immersed themselves in the rich musical history of their native Canterbury, drawing influences from late-'60s and early-'70s progressive pioneers like the Soft Machine and Caravan, and filtering them through a more contemporary lens. Brothers Liam and Joel MaGill (guitar and bass, respectively) met drummer Fred Rother and violinist Raven Bush (nephew of Kate Bush) while in school and the group was formed, spending the following...
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