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Escalade

Escalade is multi-instrumentalist Greg Sullivan, with a rotating cast of members and guest musicians. Staying true to his own brand of songwriting over the years, the project first gained momentum when Sullivan and a handful of new songs were flung out onto the road. Embarking on a self-imposed exile across the Pacific to New Zealand, the subsequent framework for a debut album was arranged and recorded whilst living in backpacks, and at an artists' loft co-op located in a former printing press in NZ capitol, Wellington. Along the way, the song 'X's & O's' was cut direct-to-disc by lathe re ...read more

Escalade is multi-instrumentalist Greg Sullivan, with a rotating cast of members and guest musicians. Staying true to his own brand of songwriting over the years, the project first gained momentum when Sullivan and a handful of new songs were flung out onto the road. Embarking on a self-imposed exile across the Pacific to New Zealand, the subsequent framework for a debut album was arranged and recorded whilst living in backpacks, and at an artists' loft co-op located in a former printing press in NZ capitol, Wellington. Along the way, the song 'X's & O's' was cut direct-to-disc by lathe record artist Peter King, and self-released as a 10" single. Due to isolation of various kinds, work on the first album began as a solo-project by default.

Fast-forward to a full time life in Japan, where with the help of various players, the songs blossomed slowly fitting together like an audio jigsaw puzzle. Aiming to develop each song to its fullest capacity, the resulting sonic palette of instruments locks together in clock-like synchronicity. Played with a lilting swing, the guitar parts are woven intricately into patterns that connect dots between disparate points of reference within each song. This mix of spindly and droned-out chord-progressions leave chromatic jazz-pop harmonies out twisted to scintillate in the breeze. A soundtrack to the dash up an endless staircase rings in exquisite tragedy, like the slow-motion crash of chandeliers falling to the floor. « hide

Similar Bands: The Sea And Cake, Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Television

X's & O's
2007

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