London based experimental vocal group Shards release their much anticipated debut album Find Sound today.
Combining voices, synths and percussion, Find Sound is an astonishing exploration of the human voice; using the concepts of sound and light as simple metaphors for gaining understanding. The album’s pieces are intended to be miniature sonic paintings, with each adding to an overall picture of the emotional confusion of early adulthood: the uncertainty, the excitement, the terror and relief.
After collaborating with Terry Riley in 2016, Brunt was asked by the Barbican to form a choral group for Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding festival that summer. Following the success of the shows, Nils invited Kieran to join him in Berlin to collaborate on choral arrangements for his recent album All Melody. Shards have since gone on to collaborate with other notable artists, including Michael Price on his recent LP Tender Symmetry.
Following Mary Anne Hobbs' world premiere on BBC 6 Music, both singles Summer Sickness and Unrest have received heavy rotation across daytime and specialist shows, including John Schaefer's WNYC New Sounds program and a choral music playlist that Kieran Brunt put together for Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone last weekend.
· listen to Unrest
· listen to Summer Sickness
· listen to Kieran's Vocal Discovery playlist for BBC 6 Music
· stream and order Find Sound on LP/CD/DL
"Consistently opulent of harmony and timbre" — Mojo
"An experience you’re unlikely to forget" ★★★★ — DIY
"A remarkable exploration of the dexterity of vocal cords" — Loud And Quiet
"Shards present the beautiful choral record you didn’t know you needed" (8.5) — The Line Of Best Fit
"An eclectic collection of thoughtful, aerial alternative" Track of the Day — The 405
"An arresting sound" — John Schaefer, WNYC New Sounds
"It sounds amazing" — Huw Stephens, BBC 6 Music
"An engrossing and triumphant debut, wide of eye and open of mouth" — A Closer Listen