Sian Alice Group - a collective of UK musicians Sian Ahern, Rupert Clervaux and Ben Crook, amongst other collaborators - are back with their sophomore album, Troubled, Shaken Etc. The band hones in on a genre-busting combination of organic improvisation, process-driven experimentation and the focused strength earned from a year of extensive travelling and touring the world together. You get your minimalist trances, electronic experimentation, techno thump, jazz motifs and Eastern music tropes in a joyous and complete listening experience. It's a snapshot (or, more closely, a yearbook) from an eventful 2008 that is more raw, emotional and loud than anything they've released thus far.
The Dusk Line EP is comprised of four songs recorded during work on Sian Alice Group’s debut album 59.59 in the summer of 2007. For this release they opted to work on a smaller scale, stripping their sound down to just layered grand piano and voice. Featuring contributions from just two members of the group, Rupert Clervaux and vocalist Sian Ahern, The Dusk Line is an exercise in restraint. It was recorded at London’s The Garden, utilizing layered piano parts all performed by Clervaux. Sian Alice Group have become known for their sweeping, orchestrated aesthetic, but The Dusk Line distills their sound to its core.
The Social Registry is pleased to announce the debut full-length album from London-based band, Sian Alice Group, 59.59. The band is already on the rise in its native England having opened a string of shows for Spiritualized and received a flurry of attention in the press. 59.59 is a fully realized and album that moves through traditional pop songwriting and instrumental composition while tempering it with studio improvisation. It is an epic record that showcases the talent and range and of this young group, taking in elements of various genres and making them their own. At a time when the musical landscape seems inundated with derivative retrogressive guitar bands, or acts reliant on sequenced beats and oscillator knobs, Sian Alice Group’s more classical inclinations show their willingness to tread their own path. 59.59 features guest appearances from Douglas Hart (Jesus & Mary Chain), John Coxon (Spiritualized, Spring Heel Jack) and Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance).
At the heart of London-based Sian Alice Group are multi-instrumentalists Rupert Clervaux, Ben Crook and vocalist Sian Ahern. Rupert and Ben two old friends who have been active in the music scene for the better part of a decade. Rupert is an engineer and producer, presently working with Spring Heel Jack and Treader records, and has recently toured as a drummer with Women & Children. Ben Crook is an accomplished music video director who has for some time been working on a series of home recordings under the name 40,000 Ghosts (his debut 7-inch was just released on Of The Manor, Of The Manor). After contemplating working with each other on their own music for several years, the duo finally got together last fall to work with vocalist Sian Ahern. Out of this initial collaboration was born Sian Alice Group, a band that combine pop melodies, improvisation and Sian’s ethereal voice. In order to flesh out their sound for their debut live show in Copenhagen the they enlisted three more members: Andy Ingle (guitars), Sasha Vine (violin/piano/vocals) and Douglas Hart (electric bass). In April 2007 the band played their second ever show, hand-picked to open for Spiritualized in London.