A Sunny Day in Glasgow have always been a difficult band to categorize. Originally based in Philadelphia but now scattered all over the world with band leader and main songwriter Ben Daniels in Australia and the rest of the six-piece band split between Philly and New York, A Sunny Day in Glasgow makes experimental pop music. Except it is not like any pop music you have heard. The music and even the lyrics as sung by singers Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson seem to dissolve and envelop you even as you become fascinated with its inherent beauty.
With their newest and fourth full length record Sea When Absent, A Sunny Day in Glasgow have set out to create one of their prettiest record yet. There’s a wildly diffusive nature to the songs in the record, borne partly because the songs were formed across cable lines and airwaves due to the band members’ distance between each other. But somehow, the chaos just feels natural and even organized. That paradoxical nature has always been a characteristic of A Sunny Day In Glasgow. Even as the music feels atmospherically scattered and a little off-center, there’s still a coherent line of beauty shining forth from its source. It’s what makes this newest record so enjoyable.
Stream the video for single In Love With Useless embedded below.
A Sunny Day In Glassgow – Sea When Absent comes out 6/24 via Lefse (order here)