Captivating Indie Folk from London Explores the Dark Side of Capitalism. - Sandtimer: Three Cars
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posted 08 Aug 2020 by Krister Axel
As we examine the trappings of economic decadence, we discover that the difference between prize and burden is not always plain.

With arrangements crafted from folk-style guitar and stunning vocal harmonies, composer Rob Sword and oceanography student Simon Thomas began performing as Sandtimer in 2014. They soon built a small but passionate fanbase as they performed in clubs and coffeehouses in the UK, and quickly expanded their ensemble to include Rachel Thomas on bass and vocals and Alex Jackson playing percussion. Returned from tours of northern Europe and Canada, they are now set to release a second full-length album, titled "Running In Sunlight."

"Three Cars" is a preview from the upcoming release, and features an open criticism of materialism, tucked behind a warm tapestry of three-part harmony, acoustic guitar, and an ambient brass accompaniment. Vocalist and guitarist Rob Sword says of the song:

Some time ago I saw three sports cars in someone’s drive. They had personalized number plates and were parked in ascending numerical order. Seeing this made me think about what the owner might have sacrificed of their own freedom and happiness to acquire these status symbols.

Drawing on both classic and contemporary folk elements, and with an approach to the creative process that is a bit more intimate and improvised than previous projects, Sandtimer delivers a genuine moment of inspired curiosity. As we examine the trappings of economic decadence, we discover that the difference between prize and burden is not always plain. "Three Cars" explores the raw edges of our current climate, where so often beauty is mixed in with bits of uncomfortable truth. This soothing gem of indie-folk stands as a clear example of Sandtimer's ability to pair gorgeous melody with intricate, guitar-fueled counterpoint and a subtle sense of spiritual awakening.

This song is featured on our Rainy Day playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Morristown, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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