Featuring the crystalline vocals of Stacy King, Sucré write the kind of dreamlike pop songs that get lodged into your head before the very first chorus even kicks in. Rounded out by Stacy’s husband, Darren King, on drums, and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Larson, the trio’s debut album, A Minor Bird, is an enchanting blend of ‘60s psychedelia and the intimacy of ‘70s singer/songwriters. Stacy's voice proves to be at times a whisper of mist, and at others a tumultuous ocean that flawlessly weaves across infinite landscapes of strings, horns, and percussion on each of the album's 11 tracks.
Upon hearing something as deliberate and intricate as Sucre's music, it is hard to believe that the three began working together without any intention of actually becoming a band. “During my first holiday visit to Darren's family in Missouri, we went to Jeremy's studio and just for fun, recorded a cover of "Silver Springs" my favorite song by Stevie Nicks. After that I began sending Jeremy unfinished demos and he started turning them into these beautiful pop symphonies. About three songs in I realized we had something special and that we had to make a record of it." Spinner calls it "pop music of the highest order."
There’s a certain whimsical feeling to the way Stacy’s vocals mesh with Darren and Jeremy’s instrumentation. Stacy explains her songwriting process: “I suppose I don't have a standard way of writing, but a lot of times the songs start with me writing a few chords, a melody, and then little hints of lyrics. Sometimes Jeremy will send me a piece of music and I'll record myself as I’m writing the melody on top of the music, and then I’ll listen back to it right away to see if I liked anything. Sometimes Darren gives me a beat and I get so excited and inspired. I love running with whatever each of them gives me to work with.”
Featuring the irresistible lead single “When We Were Young,” and orchestral delights “Hiding Out” and “Troubled Waters,” A Minor Bird will surely appeal to fans of forward-thinking pop. “Incredible music…Stacy’s honeyed vocals are tough to ignore,” gushed MTV.com about the album. “We had the time of our lives making this record because we were just trying to make music that we loved and nothing else. We just wanted to make something beautiful. Coincidentally, every single song on the record is about love and romance", tells Stacy.
Larson, true to form, appears as a one man philharmonic, seamlessly layering an orchestra's worth of instruments to sound as if they were played by 100 individuals each with their own soul and mastery of their craft. While multi-tracking a plethora of instruments is common practice for artists these days, few artists are as good as Larson as orchestrating them so cohesively and seamlessly. Darren, following suit, would be better defined as a percussionist than a drummer on this one, creating layers that would require the precision of many limbs working together to replicate in real time. Fans of his will not be disappointed.
Stacy isn’t worried about pulling off their lush material in a live setting: “Well, the record was made solely by Darren, Jeremy and I. But we didn't want to limit ourselves. We wanted to go as far as we could and push our limits and give the record a lot of color. And I'm so glad that we didn't scale back due to what we thought we could pull off live. Darren and Jeremy are wonderful producers as well as live producers, so I feel confident in their abilities to plan a show that we're all proud of.” Like Stacy, Darren is also a road warrior, manning the drum kit for MuteMath since their formation in 2002.
When asked about plans for the rest of 2012, Stacy responded with certainty, "We want to make beautiful music and share it with people… the more we do that, the better."
Sucré is Stacy King, Darren King and Jeremy Larson.
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