Biddy Connor is the string wizard behind artists and bands such as Laura Jean, Kes Band, Super Melody and Magic Silver White.
In her new project Sailor Days, she finally reveals her own compositions. Serpentine, dizzying and rich, Biddy’s songs play gracefully with harmony, melody and structure, creating strange and beautiful architecture.
Completing the magic triangle to Biddy’s viola, voice and organ are Laura Jean Englert (Laura Jean, Kes Band) on bass and Jen Sholakis (Laura Jean, Jen Cloher and The Endless Sea) on drums and bells.
On their self-titled debut album, strings pluck and hum. Voices call, respond and harmonise. Organs creak and bassoons murmur doubtfully while a viola becomes a ship to sail upon. The album is reminiscent of Deerhoof in a reflective mood or Kate Bush minus the histrionics, but ultimately sounds like itself.
released June 24, 2011
Biddy Connor: Viola, Voice, Keyboards, Musical Saw
Laura Jean: Electric Bass, Voice
Jen Sholakis: Drums, Percussion, Voice
Engineered and mixed by Joe Talia
Mastered by Casey Rice
Bass Clarinet and Clarinet: Martin MacKerras
Bassoon: Ben Bourke
Choristers: Ross McLennan, Emma Rassmussen, Oliver Mann, Nicola Watson, Anthony Paine, Monica Sonand