A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent (Released 4th August)

It’s been a while, but A Sunny Day in Glasgow are back with Sea When Absent, their
third proper album. Sea When Absent situates itself in the science fiction that is life in
2014 and goes looking for what new myths might speak to us in our post-Fukushima,
post-quantum, post-everything world. Recorded over a year and half with Jeff Zeigler
(War on Drugs, Kurt Vile) at his Uniform Recording Studios in Eraserhood
Philadelphia, the album is a conscious move away from the bright-dark, ambient
maximalism of the band’s acclaimed double LP, Ashes Grammar, and a move towards
a post-millennial, up-front pop sound. Sea When Absent is simultaneously A Sunny
Day in Glasgow at their most accessible, most insane, and most rock.
Appropriately for new beginnings, Sea When Absent marks a number of firsts for an
ASDiG—it’s the first album recorded in a “real” studio by someone who isn’t Ben or
Josh, the first album not written mostly by Ben, the first album with next-to-no reverb,
and the first time in ASDiG’s history that it has existed as an actual band (ie, not just
Ben or Josh playing everything). There was also a conscious effort to get away from
aspects of recording that have defined this band in the pasts—namely heavily reverbed
and buried vocals [ed.—they never sound buried to Ben]. Vocalists Jen Goma and Anne
Fredrickson have beautiful voices and it was time to explore the possibilities of their
abilities/talents. Jen took on a central role in the making of this album, stepping up to
write most of the lyrics and melodies. Annie also contributed melodies throughout the
album and put her classical cello training to use adding string arrangements. Since 2009
Ben has called Sydney, Australia home and while he was down under, multiinstrumentalist/
backup vocalist/engineer/jack-of-all-trades Josh Meakim was “Our Man
in Philly”, overseeing the recording sessions and adding all of the musical and
production ideas he usually does. The distance between Ben and the rest of the band
also forced novel ways of building songs from across the world. Bassist Ryan
Newmyer, in Brooklyn, was tasked with deconstructing and rebuilding several songs in
his own way—“Oh, I’m a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People)” bears the fruit of
this tact. Holding it all together is drummer Adam Herndon. Adam is Sea When
Absent’s alchemist—weaving between, and often reconciling, the colossal boom of
electronic beats (see “Golden Waves” or “Double Dutch”) and the subtle elegance of a
drum kit in a room (see “The Body, It ! Bends” or “The Things They Do to Me”).
Between releasing Ashes Grammar in late 2009 and Autumn, Again in late 2010,
ASDiG spent the better part of that year on tour. The 6 members in this band returned
to 6 different Ithacas and the various dramas and adventures they’ve endured since then
inform a lot of Sea When Absent. But 2014 is also just an insane time to be alive.
Dominant narratives have broken down and the stories we tell ourselves have never
been more up-for-grabs. It’s all happening and A Sunny Day in Glasgow want to be as
simultaneously everywhere and nowhere as the rest of us. Sea When Absent is
ASDiG’s story for the milieu—a fever-dream about the now (or maybe a lucid dream
about the fever-now) and a future possible…set in pop-major.


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“ASDIG fashion ambient, dance music and
dream-pop into an ecstatic whole that about defies
category altogether.”
“reminds us of the organized pandemonium of
early Architecture In Helsinki…It’s chaotic, lively,
and light.”
“The potent shoegaze melodies they’re known for
are still present, but as just one facet of the song’s
various change-ups….A very nice surprise.”

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