The Suncharms

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Retrospective album compiling all our original recordings from 1990/1991.
14 tracks including the two 12" EPs on Wilde Club Records as well as compilation tracks and previously unreleased songs.

CD version released by Cloudberry Records.

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released June 21, 2016

Marcus Palmer - vocals / tambourine
Matt Neale - Guitar
John Malone - Guitar
Richard Farnell - Bass
Chris Ridley - Drums

Review from Bliss Aquamarine:-
THE SUNCHARMS s/t CD (Cloudberry)
Out now on Cloudberry Records' Cloudberry Cake Kitchen series of reissued/archival recordings is this 14-song compilation from early 1990s Sheffield band The Suncharms. All the songs from their two EPs on Wilde Club Records, which I bought back in the 90s, are here along with six demo tracks which are new to me. The album is nicely packaged with sleeve notes on the history of the band, and memorabilia pictures including a fanzine that featured them alongside loads of other familiar names from the DIY indiepop scene of the time, such as Librarian, The Marigolds, The Bedflowers, The Vicarage Garden, etc, and a music press cutting in which The Suncharms' self-titled EP was reviewed alongside The Sea Urchins' Please Don't Cry, the first record I ever heard from The Sea Urchins, who were soon to become my very favourite band. This is all very nostalgic and meaningful stuff for me, dating as it does from the exact time that I was discovering the world of indiepop.
The EP tracks are characterised by a juxtaposition of gentle melodies and hushed vocals with relentlessly noisy guitars, producing an overall sound that bridges the gap between the noisier end of indiepop and shoegaze. Occasionally I hear aspects of The Suncharms' sound that may even appeal to the psychedelic crowd, such as how Reflections begins and ends with some beautifully atmospheric moments with an almost psych-folk quality, and Time Will Tell includes some drawn-out, fuzzy guitar work that is unusually rockish for a band who were, and continue to be, embraced by the indiepop scene, a musical community with a general reputation for looking askance at such things as guitar solos. The Suncharms weren't interested in playing by the rules of any specific scene, they just played the music they enjoyed, a 'be yourself' attitude that is deserving of applause.
On the whole however, The Suncharms' music isn't particularly psychedelic or rock, much less folk. One I See is a fine slice of buzzsaw pop that would have fitted right in on the Subway label, combined with lashings of swirling wah-wah. There are some really great noisepop songs here like Tranquil Day and Walk Away, whilst She Feels is a full-on shoegaze track that should quite frankly have made The Suncharms just as popular as all the big names from that scene, and Spaceship has a good balance of fuzzy dreampop haze and powerpop oomph. Most of the demos show a different side to The Suncharms' sound, tending towards being janglier, less shoegazey, and falling more squarely into the indiepop category. Sort it Out is fantastic late 80s/early 90s jangly indiepop, the kind that always brings a smile to my face. Verge of Tears is a catchy indiepop song about a sensitive and emotional man, set to a pairing of jangle and crunchy, fuzzy noise. Into the Sun is brilliant tuneful noisepop in the best late 80s/early 90s style. On Reflection is introspective and delicate indiepop interspersed with a wall of swirling noise that hints at the shoegaze sound that would be developed further on their vinyl EPs.
Whether you're into jangly or noisy indiepop or shoegaze, this album is an absolute must. It's also great to know that The Suncharms have reformed and are currently writing and rehearsing new material. Let's hope there will be more new releases from them soon! In the meantime, the compilation album can be obtained from www.cloudberryrecords.com. If you're in the UK, Vinyl Exchange has a limited number of copies in stock.

Review from Ultrablissfulnoise:-
ultrablissfulnoise.tumblr.com/post/145357353583/before-the-pains-of-being-pure-at-heart-a

VIDEOS:-
www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8BnYv59vvU

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PerdSlAt6ko

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfse-JBS23s

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The Suncharms Sheffield, UK

The Suncharms are a Sheffield based indie/shoegaze band originally active between 1989-1993.
After releasing a retrospective CD compilation on Cloudberry Records the band have reunited and are working on brand new material so watch this space for future releases!. ... more

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Track Name: Sparkle
When the sun shines down
I wanna be with you
I wanna hold and kiss you
And experience magical things

Let's find a timeless place where time will never part us

When I'm with you everything sparkles and shines
When I'm with you I lose myself in your eyes , in your eyes, beautiful eyes

Let's find a timeless place where time will never part us x2
Track Name: Reflections
Dreamily staring into rain soaked streets - I see reflections of colourful frames

The sunshine friendship was lost
When your unkind words plagued my dreams

Chorus:-Sometimes I feel so vulnerable like I'm falling and drifting away

Enclosing my thoughts flowers my mind, my mind, my mind ..

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Time Will Tell
One day our looks will fade away
The things we know will never stay
The people we love - old and grey

The mirror reflects the countless times the tears have flowed from your eyes

Time will heal time will scar - time the ruler of us all
Track Name: One I See
Should love be all that I long for?
What matters?
Will I be happy?
Will everything fall into place?
Will I be hurt, rejected again?
Will I find love?

That girl the one I see
Who steps right through me
That girl the one I see who doesn't see me

Should love be all that I long for?
What matters?
Will I be happy?
Will everything fall into place?
Will I be hurt, rejected again will I find love?

That girl the one I see
who steps right through me
That girl the one I see who doesn't see me

Will I long for more?
Will I long, long for more?
Track Name: Tranquil Day
I'm on a cliff
And I'm looking out to sea
Just you and me letting the world pass us by

It's a tranquil day and it feels like a dream making pictures with the clouds

The golden rays stream through my window and I wonder if this will be my day
My day...my day

It's a tranquil day and it feels like a dream making pictures with the clouds.
Track Name: Wash Away
Your life is like a spiral you search for something deeper
Your eyes are sad your skin's so pale

Don't let dreams fade away
What can I say to help you float away? - I can't sleep at night

Don't do tomorrow what you could do today or your life will wash away your life will wash away

Wash away , wash away

Let it flow , let it flow , let it flow

Your life will wash away ....( repeat to fade )
Track Name: She Feels
She's on the shore
Dreaming of a silver plane
To take her far away

Her hair falls into her jade eyes
Hiding the way she feels

She feels, she feels, she feels

Under the shade of a tree
Enchanted by the colours around
She sees the madness of her life - the madness of her life
Of her life , of her life

She feels, she feels, she feels
Track Name: Spaceship
Space space ship
If I took a space ship would you follow me into the galaxy?
Would you look down from the stars at that blue and green sphere down below

We're back on earth
And you look so wonderful
Against the night sky and those city lights
You look so cool
You look so cool
In those shades you look so cool

The world's cascading
Lay beside me
The world's cascading
The world's cascading ...
Track Name: Sort It Out
Walking the streets
Street lamps light our way
Stand at our corner
Where we always talk
I know how you feel - bitterness and pain
They put you down because you're not the same

A tear down your cheek
Don't cry we'll sort it out
A tear down your cheek
Don't cry we'll sort it
We'll sort it out -oh we'll sort it out

We can be ourselves when we are together
Not acting with others
We can be how we want to be
Track Name: Verge Of Tears
He has friends but feels alone
No one really understands how sad he is
The world seems so angry and he's sensitive
He escapes in daydreams and walks in the rain

He's always on the verge of tears
Of tears , of tears

Emotions tied around his neck become tighter and tighter
Same place and faces
Oh why don't moments of pleasure last forever
He doesn't want to age and feel these pressures

He's always on the verge of tears
Of tears, of tears ,of tears ( x2 )
Track Name: Magic Carpet (demo)
One of these days I'll find a girl
Pack a bag to India
I'll tell no-one where I'm going
Let the breeze take us away

But Hey! I don't want tomorrow to be today
But Hey! I don't want tomorrow to be today

I don't know - maybe it's better to experience things when there are two of you - maybe on a magic carpet ride?
So let's go!

But Hey! I don't want tomorrow to be today
But Hey! I don't want tomorrow to be today
Track Name: Into The Sun (demo)
Step into the sun
Chewing gum - it sure would be fun
Driving a beach buggy into the sun
Step outside feel the rain against my face -takes me to that place

Step into the sun it sure would be fun
Step into the sun it sure would be fun

Chewing gum it sure would be fun
Driving a beach buggy into the sun
Step outside feel the rain against my face - takes me to that place

Step into the sun
It sure would be fun ( repeat )