London-based multi-instrumentalist Sands has announced his upcoming release, Double A Side single ‘Let’s Run / Echoes’ – the latter a cover of cult singer/songwriter Gene Clark, formerly of The Byrds – set to drop on the 27th October. Following the success of his debut ‘Sands EP’ which gained support from Clash Mag, Wonderland, Music Week and Pop Dust amongst others, ‘Let’s Run’ (which will have an accompanying video) and ‘Echoes’ were mixed in Berlin at Kaiku Studio by Jonas Verwijnen (Moon Duo, Follakzoid) with additional mixing by Janne Lounatvuori. Sands’ obsession with records turned to playing guitar and drums at an early age. He later became involved in recording and engineering, following in the footsteps of some of his greatest influences: Neil Young, The Smiths, Bowie, Talk Talk, Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Mark Lanegan, Primal Scream, David Lynch, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Gun Club, QOTSA, Chris Isaak, Grant Lee Buffalo, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones and Italian composer Gianni Marchetti.
On the surface ‘Let’s Run’ paints a bubbly psych-pop picture, but the undertone is spread with a biting post-punk aftertaste. The track melds a psychedelic honky-tonk piano melody with guitar timbres layered in arresting instrumentals.
“‘Let’s Run’ came right away one afternoon, strumming the first two chords. In my head it was instantly a song playing in some sort of Noir movie, set in the West Coast. With the lyrics I tried to paint a picture of the colour and tone I was envisioning.” he says.