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Astronomers define the mean sun as an imaginary star, moving at the pace of our equator’s rotation. Perhaps it is the impossible setting of this sun Brasstronaut has pursued since the release of their critically acclaimed 2010 debut, Mt. Chimera. Cresting the momentum of that album – a SOCAN Echo Prize for Canadian song of the year, a Polaris Prize long-listing, and chart-topping singles on The Hype Machine – Brasstronaut embarked on a comprehensive world tour, seeking out the mean sun’s fabled dusk. On their sophomore album, Brasstronaut has finally captured its fleeting blaze, and has returned to reveal the radiant Mean Sun.
This is not merely Brasstronaut’s moment to bask in Mean Sun’s instant eminence. This is the affirmation of their ever-evolving promise: to tirelessly chase, like the elusive light of an imaginary sun, brave and startling new inventions.
Plus support from Wildswim
Tempered by heartache and defiance Oxford’s Wild Swim. Swarming with expansive guitars, haunting vocals and delicate keys, their 2012 debut single ‘Echo’ touches on anguish and mythology and was The Guardian’s band of the day, as well as The Sunday Times Hottest Download
Produced by the legendary Steve Osborne (New Order, Suede), it’s an introduction to the five-piece who have drawn early comparisons to the likes of XX, Alt J and fellow Oxfordians Foals. Within its minimalist electronics and unconvential structure, ‘the band nod in the direction of Kid A-era Radiohead and The Associates.
Still in their late teens, Wild Swim met at school, forming at the age of just 13. Fast-forward five years, and they are BBC Introducing in Oxford’s most hotly tipped band for 2013. With Radio 1 support from Huw Stephens and playlisted at XfM. Richard is currently training to be a tailor on Saville Row while the others are all at university.
Live, the band are a must-see. Sansom cuts a charismatic figure whose voice mesmerises as the songs shape-shift unpredictably, offset by the electro-heavy sound that is, at times, almost operatic
Wild Swim are: Richard Sansom (Vocals) / Jamie Jay (Guitar/Keyboard) / Carlos Posada (Guitar/Keyboard) / Jacob Lively (Bass) / Sam Robinson (Drums)