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Sister John are a band of four multi-instrumentalists from Glasgow, comprising Amanda McKeown, Jonathan Lilley, Sophie Pragnell, and Heather Phillips. Their album ‘Returned From Sea’ explores themes of loss and redemption, the individual in the world and the tangibility of the past in the present. Released in September 2017, it made a big impression and received support from BBC Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart and Janice Forsyth, and Guy Garvey on BBC Radio 6 Music.
“One of the minor triumphs of 2017, a gorgeous, sparse record” – The Skinny
“Seriously this is one of my favourite releases of the year” – Across The Kitchen Table
“The sound the Velvet Underground would make if Lou Reed wrote for Vashti Bunyan instead of Nico” – Brian Sweeney
With barely a pause, their much anticipated eponymous second album was released in January 2019. The band launched the album at a sold out gig at Glasgow’s Poetry Club before making their first appearance in London at a sell-out show at the Sebright Arms, with more shows coming this year including at Long Division Festival in June. Sister John has been Record of Note on BBC Radio Scotland, and first single, ‘I’m The One’, single of the week on BBC Radio Scotland, featuring on the shows of Roddy Hart, Vic Galloway, Janice Forsyth, Natasha Raskin-Sharp, Rapal, and also picked up by Amy Lamé at BBC Radio 6 Music. Pushing forward their ‘lo-fi lush’ sound, Sister John adds driving indy rock, killer vocals, and strut and swagger to the folk-infused dramatic soundscapes and layered harmonies of ‘Returned From Sea’. It pushes their sound to the edges, exploring darker corners albeit with a wry smile.