Clang Sayne was founded by Wexford woman, Laura Hyland in London in 2008 to fuse multiple influences from folk song to sound art into a soundworld she describes as 'songscape'. Reviewers have dubbed it an "an uncategorizable approach to songcraft" and "exhilarating in its refusal to conform".
Currently based in Ireland, the group features Laura on voice and guitar, Judith Ring on voice and cello, Matthew Jacobson on drums and voice, and Carolyn Goodwin on bass clarinet and voice. Their forthcoming album, 'The Round Soul of the World' is due for release in March 2017. The single, 'Curse you, mocking moon' is listed on your left. You can also check out two videos of songs from the new album in the videos section.
Former London incarnation of the group featured Peter Marsh on double bass, James O Sullivan on electric guitar and Matthew Fisher on drums, with whom Laura recorded and independently released the debut Clang Sayne album 'Winterlands' in 2009. A track from the album featured on the Wire Magazine's Tapper cd in Oct '09, and the album was subsequently re-released on Forwind Records in 2010 to international critical acclaim. Artwork for the album (see photos section) was created by Laura Hyland and Riccardo Arena (www.riccardoarena.org).
Reviews of 'Winterlands'
“Lilly Allen this ain't: it's more like Sylvia Plath trying to keep a team of unruly beatnik experimenters in check. Here's a set of live, organic, no-safety-net performances; there is something exhilarating about this modest yet perverse album and its refusal to conform.”
Clive Bell, The Wire Magazine; UK
“Imagine Tim Buckley’s Starsailor and Lorca band with Julie Tippetts channeling Tim’s drama and languor; imagine Beth Gibbons backed by Comus featuring Blixa Bargeld on guitar; imagine Sandy Denny at her most fervent joining the sessions for Mark Hollis’, This is an album that could have been recorded at any point between 1969 and the present day, music that transcends the background of its contributors or any expectation a listener might bring. ”
Baked Goods; UK
“A brittly beautiful collection of autumnal songs - partly structured, partly free-floating, these pieces feel both weightless and airy as well as astoundingly clearly shaped. " Winterlands" has depth and mystery, leading listeners down a dark backalley into an alluring world of sweet melancholia, seductive metaphors and lyrical bliss.”
“Improvisation yes, but the songs seem to have some kind of logical structure, a frame holding things in place. Mysteriously inviting, with an almost Siren like vibrancy; this is an album of intriguing beauty that’s well worth your time.”
Organ Art; USA
No “File Under” tag for Clang Sayne. What they sound like does not boil down to a single, simple label—they have the instrumentation of a light rock / jazz ensemble, and their songs fall right on the divide between improvisation and formally-composed songwriting. A number of tracks are straight-up songs of one style or another, but for the most part they bend and contort their material around each other instead of just lolloping gamely along like so many metronomes. The milky artwork and packaging bring to mind a pearl, one that stands out all the more from so many other gaudy synthetic gems.”
Serdar Yegulalp, Music Machine; SL
"The combined ensemble effect recalls Starsailor-era Tim Buckley, but with more pronounced traditional folk and improvisational leanings. The raw no-overdubs recording style adds a sense of fluidity to the album, a real sense that on another day the band’s improvisational compass could have steered these songs to different waters altogether”
Scott McMillian, Resonance FM; Mapsidaisical, UK
“I found [your setting of 'A Ritual To Read To Each Other'] memorable and haunting, a very intriguing account of the poem, and very suitable.”
Response from The William Stafford Estate; USA