Take these three iconic pairings; Simon & Garfunkle, They Might Be Giants, and Jake & Elwood Blues; now put them in a blender and you’ve got the sound of The Sandrunners’ EP Angel of the Northern Wind. When they were kids at the toy box choosing instruments to play with, they evidently decided on all the instruments… I mean all. There’s ukulele, harp, horn section, strings, guitar, bass, and drum.
The title track ‘Angel of the Northern Wind’ begins with solemn harp, then a spritely horn section pipes in announcing the party can get started. Clever lyrics throughout are conveyed via laid-back harmonies. ‘The World’s Worst Lonely Boy’ is the track that you’ll find yourself pushing repeat. It’s a finely crafted work of artistry, orchestration, and synchronous harmony. There’s definitely a folksy slant with a hint of Chicago blues; however with the addition of horns and harps, or on tracks like Ain’t Nobody, the playful ukulele; well specifying the sound of The Sandrunners becomes that much more difficult. You’re really just going to have to give them a listen for yourself. Noelle Ellis, GiggingNI.com