There has been a handful of artists that we’ve followed since the very beginning of Sync and which have simply not put a foot wrong. Gloucestershire duo Ardyn are a particular favourite of ours, having created some beautifully rich sounds with real depth and atmosphere.
Brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson have been developing their enthralling folk-infused material over the last couple of years, releasing EP The Universe last year and most recently fine tuning their live act with an expanded line-up for a string of performances across the UK at festivals of all shapes and sizes.
New song The Valley (featured below along with previous single Over the River which we’ve been listening to pretty much non-stop for a couple of months now!) shows further progress and is sure to help to expand their rapidly growing fan base.
Sync caught up with Ardyn ahead of their show at Farmfest in Somerset this weekend…
SYNC: So what’s the background? When did you start making music and how has it developed over the years?
Katy: We started writing music from an early age. It started off pretty stripped-back, but in the last two years we brought a band in so we could expand our sound.
SYNC: Your music has an ethereal sound that is reminiscent of other artists and yet at the same time sounds totally original. Who are your musical inspirations and influences both past and present?
Rob: Kate Bush has been a massive inspiration to Katy and the Beatles Revolver album to us both. We are a big fan of The Maccabees and The National. We have both been listening to a lot of Father John Misty at the moment – we caught his set at Latitude last weekend, which was great.
SYNC: How does your songwriting process work? Is it purely collaborative between you both or does one take the lead in some respects?
Katy: Our songwriting process is so varied. Sometimes it’s a balanced input from both of us, and other times one of us will come to the other with an almost finished song and just add some last little bits to it. Or Rob will have a riff and come to me to add a melody.
SYNC: Live performances vs studio work: which do you prefer and how have both been going for you recently?
Katy: I love both aspects, but recently I have really been enjoying playing live. We have got to a good place with our set and everyone’s feeling much more confident with the songs.
Rob: I love both, but there’s a great feeling that I get from playing live that I haven’t had in the studio yet.
SYNC: We gather you were in the States recently. Was this an escape for working on new material?
Katy: Yes, we went out there to do some writing and just get out of our comfort zone. It was an amazing experience such a different vibe out there.
SYNC: Closer to home, what is your local music scene like? Has it been an important testing ground for you?
Rob: Our local scene has been really supportive to us over the years, there are a few pubs where we sometimes play low-key gigs to test new songs out.
SYNC: What are the next steps for Ardyn? Are there any live shows are in the pipeline – and can we expect an album anytime soon?
Katy: We have 4-5 more festivals this summer including Green Man and Farmfest and yes, definitely an album in the near future!
Ardyn – The Valley
Ardyn – Over The River