“Modern-day cosmic rock from Canterbury band of brothers” ⋆⋆⋆⋆ – Mojo Album Of The Week | No: 18 Albums of 2017
“unique, soulful and trippy in the best sense” ⋆⋆⋆⋆ The Guardian
“As playful as they are serious and as innovative as they are traditional, this is surely what Syd Arthur set out to be.” ⋆⋆⋆⋆ – Q
“Their rather fittingly-named track [‘Sun Rays’ is] a myriad of golden hues and dancing…” – DIY
“It’s a super summery, nostalgia-tinged… sounds like it’s being played through an Instagram filter – very chilled and with this underlying theme of lost innocence.” – The Independent
Syd Arthur had a stellar 18 months. From playing huge arena shows in the US, touring with fellow progressive-experimentalists White Denim to releasing their most successful album to date – the year has cemented their reputation as a serious creative force.
The album, Apricity, marked a new sonic direction for the band, chillwave influences abounded and a new retro-futurism was formed – not least on recent single No Peace – one of the stand-out cuts from the record. Syd Arthur have built an enviable reputation as a band apart. Formed out of the forest party rave scene in their home county, and with a hard-won DIY self- sufficiency, they developed a sound and approach miles beyond their foursquare indie peers. Here was swirling rock with psychedelic textures, guitar-based trance with a groove. A band adaptive enough, bold enough, to tour with White Denim and The Strokes.�
Syd Arthur is brothers Liam Magill (vocals, guitar, Joel Magill (bass, vocals), and Josh Magill (drums) and Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin). Formed in Canterbury, the band has explored the myriad possibilities of improvisation, taking an exceptional approach born of prodigious musicianship, elemental songcraft, and an unabashed spirit of adventure.