BIO 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Sound Menagerie are a folk rock duo from Cambridge, UK. They are Abi Parker (Vocals) and Stephen C Wilson (Songwriter/Guitar/Bass Guitar).

Their music incorporates a variety of enigmatic and carefully crafted songs and together they create a unique menagerie of sound, a blend of folk rock, dream pop, psychedelia, melodic and experimental with 60's and 90's influences.

BIO 

Sound Menagerie are a folk rock duo from Cambridge, UK. They are Abi Parker (Vocals) and Stephen C Wilson (Songwriter/Guitar/Bass Guitar).

Their music incorporates a variety of enigmatic and carefully crafted songs and together they create a unique menagerie of sound, a blend of folk rock, dream pop, psychedelia, melodic and experimental with 60's and 90's influences. From the psychedelic curiousness of the title track of their 'Clocks & Towers' EP to the melodic and britpop-esqe vibe of their new single 'Close The Door', it is all a timeless concoction and yet still distinctively Sound Menagerie.

In 2011 they issued their 'Far Or Through' album. This was followed later in the year by 'The Silver Tree' single.  The album gained airplay from a number of radio stations  around the world.  In conjunction with this release, they were given the their own dedicated radio show on Canadian Radio Station Woody Radio. 

In 2014 Sound Menagerie released another single 'Stay With Me' which was produced by Stereolab's Andy Ramsay and which was later included on the 'Clocks & Towers' EP .  It received much praise and airplay being described as 'wonderfully melodic perfect pop'  with a 'catchy folk vibe'.  This was followed later in the year by another single 'Watermark' which featured a guest lead guitar solo by Rowan Robertson (Dio/DC4/Vast/AMRadio/Billy Ray Cyrus) and violin by Sharon Sullivan (Keltrix).

In 2015 their 'Clocks & Towers' EP  was released through Monochrome Chair Records, featuring guest appearances from Andy Ramsay (Stereolab/Europa 51) who also produced several of the tracks on the EP, Joe Watson (Stereolab/Junior Electronics) and Jon Clayton (Blusher/Charlotte Hatherley).  It was widely praised and described as a collection of  'enigmatic and carefully crafted songs'. The colourful clock tower cover artwork was created for Sound Menagerie by artist Ann Charlesworth.  An expanded version of  'Clocks & Towers' was also released on CD.  ​

Sound Menagerie have just completed a new album entitled 'Reflections' which they plan to release later in 2021 preceded by singles. The new single 'Close The Door' (Release date March 18th 2021) features Echobelly's Glenn Johansson on guest guitar and Sharon Sullivan on violin. 

'The most important aspect of the songs and performances for Sound Menagerie is to avoid the obvious and take their music and the listener into unexpected directions melodically and structurally...Their sound has been described as "Sublime tympanic membrane enhancement" '  festivalsforall

“Their sound intrigued the Introducing team when listening to some of the tracks sent into them recently...Influences for their sound come from far and wide and represent all the years of listening to songs seperately and together.” BBC Norfolk Volume Magazine

“The wonderfully melodic perfect pop of 'Stay With Me was one of the tracks to be born out of the sessions at Press Play Studios. The bands last release, the album 'Far Or Through' came out in 2011 and gained airplay from a number of radio stations. The exposure has seen the band gain a number of fans with the vast majority of these coming from the USA and Canada.” UN Sung Magazine

“Steve Wilson of Cambridge dream pop duo Sound Menagerie tells us how they came to collaborate with two former members of Stereolab... 'Clocks & Towers is availble on CD, iTunes and Amazon”  Cambridge News

 

 

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