“Beautiful melodies and wonderfully orchestrated arrangements from a very special band!”
- Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
“Music meets sight… profoundly intelligent…beautiful.”
- Chloe Thomas, DIY
Cymbient is the musical project of Cardiff-based artist, Andy Fung (also of No Thee No Ess fame). Formed with surfing friends in 2005, I Saw Energy, recorded and mixed by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Gryff Rhys), will be their third release and their first on Folkwit Records.
It’s been nearly five years since the last Cymbient release. But Andy hasn’t been dormant in the meantime. With long-time collaborator, Paul Battenbough, he put out two No Thee No Ess albums including 2012′s Lights Over the Lake, which won critical acclaim and led to a host of well received UK festival perfomances.
This period has also seen regular collaboration with Richard James (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) and Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good).
A psychedelic painter – www.andyfung.co.uk/gallery.html
– there are threads running through Andy Fung’s music and art.
Harmony plays a large part in Cymbient’s music and this is very evident on I Saw Energy. There is a nod to 60s – and 60s influenced – pop (The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground, Teenage Fanclub, etc.) and a gentle nod to psychedelia, but Cymbient’s sound is unmistakably their own.
Cymbient’s 2008 album, Out on the Waves, received airplay from, among others, Shaun Keaveny, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson. Packed with beautifully constructed warm layers of lush harmonies driven by intelligent and catchy melodies, I Saw Energy is destined to attract huge interest.