A Sunny Day in Glasgow

Fronted by identical twin sisters Lauren and Robin Daniels and masterminded by their brother Ben, A Sunny Day in Glasgow emerged in the early 2000s with synth-laden experimental noise-pop that echoed 1980's shoegaze acts like the Jesus and Mary Chain. Ben Daniels started making cassette recordings with the help of his friend Ever Nalens years before A Sunny Day in Glasgow got together. Nalens moved to Glasgow from 2002 to 2004 in order to go to art school, and Daniels moved to London about a year later. They started collaborating again after Ben returned in the summer of 2005, but Nalens abandoned the project after a couple months. Daniels continued to write songs, asking his sister Robin to take over the vocals. Lauren was brought in as a vocalist a few months later, and the group started recording tracks in Ben's West Philadelphia apartment and at their parents' house in the suburbs. They put some of the tracks together and released them as an EP, called The Sunniest Day Ever, in March 2006. The EP charted at number one on New York's WNYU, the songs started bouncing around online, and soon enough Pitchfork gave the first track on their EP, "C'mon," a four-star rating. Indie labels started to pay attention, and the group snagged a record deal with Notenuf Records in October 2006. They recorded their first full-length album, Scribble Mural Comic Journal, in 2006 and released it, along with an EP of outtakes called Tout New Age, the following year. Their second studio LP, Ashes Grammar, arrived in 2009, followed by a lineup change that saw the group expand into a full-blown six-piece. The Nitetime Rainbows EP arrived in March 2010, followed by the all-new full-length Autumn, Again in October of that year.

Yumi Zouma

Thrushes; part of the passerine bird family. The songs of some species are considered to be among the most beautiful in the avian world.

Baltimore's Thrushes bring a similar beauty to the human world with Exposing Seas, their first full length in 5 years.

Formed in 2005, the band's previous efforts (2007's Sun Come Undone and 2010's Night Falls) garnered the kind of glowing praise most indie acts could only hope for. Now, with Seas and its swirling, reverb-drenched guitars and dreamy, yet plaintively delivered vocals, the album brings to mind a mix of the classic shoegaze era-gone-by, Hounds of Love Bush-isms and a splash of 90's emo-progenitors Rainer Maria resulting in Thrushes most focused work to date.

On the band's approach to this new album, singer Anna says "Exposing Seas is an album that shows our growth as a band. We worked so hard over the past few years to create songs that were larger and louder than before without losing the ethereal mood (of the band's previous work)." Lyrically, she says "a lot of the songs have a dark feel, or a hint of longing. I guess that's just where I end up when i write even if the words aren't autobiographical." 

Recorded and produced by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Office of Future Plans) at Magpie Cage Studios (Baltimore, MD), Exposing Seas is now available on Florida's New Granada Records.

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PRESS FOR 'EXPOSING SEAS'
"finds the band creating atmospheric soundscapes that add another depth and emotion to modern shoegaze." - Vanyaland

"This record is immediately going into heavy rotation, and I imagine it’ll end up in my year-end top ten." - This Is That Song

"what really sets them apart are the vocals of Anna Connor, at once strong and vulnerable and the powerful rhythm section who really nail it down here (give J. Robbins some credit here for his excellent production)." - Dagger

"another dense and hypnotic journey into the world of underground rock." - Babysue

"Thrushes still sound like Thrushes, and we like that." - Komakino (Italy)

"Unknown by me, I admit I was seduced by this style, very effectively led by the excellent female vocals." - Canal Blog (France)

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