Song Preservation Society, Dyllan Hersey
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
Anti- is excited to announce the signing of British group The Melodic. On June 23rd the young band released their debut EP entitled On My Way.
The Melodic offer a vibrant new brand of afro-folk-pop that, while inspired by folk contemporaries, incorporates an assortment of influences from around the world, its members utilizing instruments such as the Charango, Melodica and Kora to create a music that joyously defies categorization.
The group's members came of age in the South London neighborhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of musics from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. As lead singer Huw Williams explains, "Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn't feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music, there was South American and African music around us all the time, as well as reggae and dub music."
In the end, the young band has created a vibrant new music which references contemporary artists such as Belle & Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields and the Decemberists, exhibits a clear reverence for past masters Paul Simon and Bert Jansch and mixes in elements from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to create a sound entirely their own.
Song Preservation Society
Song Preservation Society is Trevor Bahnson, Ethan Glazer and Daniel Wright. Their debut EP, Ready Room, was recorded in the fall of 2012 with guidance from the much-respected Nino Moschella, master of coaxing masterful production out of a modest multitrack. Ready Room is Song Preservation Society’s from-the-heart music brought to fulland beautiful life with brass and woodwinds and strings and even fuzz guitar. It’s seven songs with a strange kind of purity that pointsto something timeless. In
1966, it could have fit between the BeachBoys, Simon and Garfunkel and Love; in 1976, it’d make people think of the last Big Star album; right now it shines through bands like Fleet Foxes and The Shins to be a ray of light all its own. When they started out, they might have picked that name just for fun. But on Ready Room, they’ve really made something worth preserving.
"It isn’t easy to make a compelling album with just a single voice and guitar, but Hersey managed to do that and more on her self-titled debut. The album was mostly written three-to-four years ago while she was living in Portland and missing her home in California. The LP generally follows themes related to what she tells me are her main inspirations: love and land. Her voice can be a bit shy and mumbly at times, but I think this adds to her charm, and her voice can be strong when it needs to be. Her guitar work is more intricate than typical folk-singer strumming, yet avoids taking attention away from the beautiful simplicity of the arrangements." --Bay Bridged