What's in a name?
'Blue Swan Orchestra' is the debut record from Goldenboy, aka young
Californians Shon Sullivan (vocals, guitar, keys) and Bryan Bos
(drums). Originally released in 2002, these ten tremulous, evocative
songs steal quietly into your psyche before yielding their emotional
payload. It's an album that speaks of innocence and experience,
unmistakably but unpretentiously built in that classic Californian
mould: blue skies up above, but heavy weather brewing on the horizon.
"I think there is a definite California sound that's always somehow
been here in one way or another," reckons Shon. "To me it always felt
like there has beena nostalgic sound in the melodies in everything
from 'Pet Sounds' to current Grandaddy."
Zip forward a few years and a quick scan of the CV might suggest the
pair to be a safe pair of hands: the twosome have criss-crossed the
world together as part of former Weezer/The Rentals man Matt Sharp's
touring band, while Shon has played with bands including The Eels,
Johnny Marr, Spain, Neil Finn - and most prominently, Elliott Smith,
who he gigged alongside for four years until the songwriter's suicide
in 2003. "I never really thought of myself as a gun for hire," explains
Shon. "I've always just felt flattered and honoured being asked to play
with some of my favourite bands and friends."
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