D e b u t e p c o m i n g 1st oct 2020
P a t i e n c e
P a n a c e a
T h e S o u n d s O f
U r s A
...is the music and alias of Bristol, UK singer-songwriter, composer and pianist Helen Stanley.
Helen’s songwriting narrates snap-shot tales of falls from grace, introspective victories, touches of prevalent madness and epiphany elation in equal measure, drawn from her perspective of the human experience and the beauty of nature.
Although musically the songs have found their ancestral sonic home comfortably among other female piano playing solo artists like Grouper's Ruins, Helen's distinctive arrangements, and instrumental palette as The Sounds of Ursa certainly indicate a dramatic ambition at work.
Dreamy, ethereal threads sewn in by Vibes, Hammered Dulcimer, Musical Saw, and Water-phone ebb and flow in harmony with Helen's keys and voice firmly at the helm, her crew of effected electric strings and synths filling the sails, the rhythm section ably manning the rigging.
‘Imagined film-soundtrack’ instrumentals set the scene where songs can seamlessly emerge and take shape saluting neo-classical composers such as Rachel grimes or drawing comparisons with cinematic acts like 'Other Lives' or 'Agnes Obel'.
The Sounds Of Ursa are undoubtedly in a league of their own and have harnessed a unique cinematic melancholic beauty.
The brand new, debut EP 'Patience Panacea’ is due for release Autumn 2020.
"...captivatingly atmospheric and imbued with a tangible, tender warmth..."
"The Sounds of Ursa offers gently enveloping swathes of sound to get lost in..."
"You may yourself at an unlikely crossroad where the unsettling highway
to David Lynch's Twin Peaks has been re-scored by the Cocteau Twins."
Helen Stanley - Piano / Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Synths / Lead Vocals
Boris Ming - Electric violin / Synths
Emma Holbrook - Drums / Drum machine
Mike Kingston - Electric Guitar / Synths / Electric bass
Kat Coles - Electric bass / Synths / B.vocals
James Phillips - Drums
David Insua-Cao - Vibes / Hammered Dulcimer
Catherine Flynn - B. Vocals / Autoharp / Harmonium
Mark Furnevall - Electric bass / Synths
Guy Fowler - Electric / Double Bass
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