WE SHOW UP ON RADAR
“Let it be known, the We Show Up On Radar album is a thing of beauty”
- Huw Stephens
Melancholic and mischievous folk-pop maestro We Show Up On Radar released his 11 track album Sadness Defeated through Hello Thor Records on 10th September 2012.
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Andy Wright – for it is he who is We Show Up Of Radar - crafted the spellbinding pop songs that make up Sadness Defeated with support from a cast of Nottingham-based musicians (including members of Amusement Parks On Fire and Red Shoe Diaries) and producer Jason Boshoff (Basement Jaxx, Lisa Hannigan, Groove Armada).
Sadness Defeated beautifully showcases We Show Up On Radar's gentle way with enigmatic, entrancing melodies. Fragile, hushed vocals backed by guitar or ukelele slowly build into anthemic, effervescent choruses. This is twinkling and tender indie-pop magic.
Like nursery rhymes for grown-ups, We Show Up On Radar songs are bewitching tales scattered with references to Hollywood actors, woodland animals, underwhelming genitalia and octagenarian astronomers. It’s music that is full of contradictions - childlike and sweet, but a bit wrong; terribly sad, but hopelessly uplifting.
We Show Up On Radar make tender, woozy, acoustic folk-pop bathed in melancholy and brimming with melody. Beautiful, broken-hearted pop ballads to dream to that will ultimately lift your spirits. There are stories about death here...but the death of sadness. Hallulejah!!
In 2010 We Show Up On Radar released a 6-track EP (“the perfect soundtrack to dozing off after a few double whiskies, lying on a sun-soaked hillside with a gentle breeze cooling your face” www.artrocker.tv), backed up by a national tour of libraries. It is available now to download from iTunes, Amazon etc. and also directly from us.
Wright also recorded a session as part of the BBC Introducing Weekender at the legendary Maida Vale studios ("Surreal, hushed acoustic folk-pop that's both downbeat and delirious" BBC Introducing).
2011 saw We Show Up On Radar support Bright Eyes at Nottingham's Rock City and dazzle with a headline slot at Club Fandango at the Bull & Gate, London (“an astonishing treat” Artrocker magazine). His first single on Hello Thor – Mountain Top (a triumphant tale of love conquering all, and cycling) – was also chosen for the soundtrack to UK documentary Sound It Out – the official film of Record Store Day 2011 – which was premiered at South By Southwest in March.
We Show Up On RadaR’s music takes its cues from the likes of Sparklehorse, Beck, Super Furry Animals, The Apples In Stereo, Tunng, Sufjan Stevens and Psapp.
“A deceptively dark, quirky lyricist, [Andy Wright] finds beautifully detailed stories and significance in the ordinary; his dramatic imagery wrapped up snugly in the protective blanket of his charmingly endearing delivery.” www.clashmusic.com
“Playing indie pop without all the twee connotations that implies, [We Show Up On Radar] excel at happy/sad melodies…which are given space to breathe…an astonishing treat" Artrocker magazine
“...surreal, mischievous acoustic pop.” www.altsounds.com
“...sounds like a delicate, prettier take on Radiohead’s “No Surprises” or a pastel-shaded Hunky Dory-era Bowie. The tune is bathed in melancholy from the yearning violin and stately acoustic guitar to hushed, wispy vocals and lovelorn lyrics... Perfect for your lazy spring afternoons.” www.musicforants.com
“Like Jonathan Donahue if he ditched the rest of Mercury Rev, fled to the woods and spearheaded a bizarre marching procession of lute-playing wildlife.” The Fly
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