North London's Sanctuary Rig have been around fro a few years now, producing consistantly good records and creating impressions with their maddeningly infequent live shows. "Sail On" is their first offereing from 2005.
Singer/guitarist Jim Faupel appears to be the principal songwriter, if such a thing can possibly be measured over four tracks (mini-album or maxi-single? you decide! These guys are probably old enough to remember the EP as was!). As it is, he contributes the first two songs, and is listed as co-writer on the final tune "You Are You (Indeed, Baby!)
The fist track "Sail On" is a heartfelt ballad delivered well enough, with a fine vocal by Faupel and some terrific supporting piano work from Mark Rae. "No-one Understands" is the best offereing here, opening with the menacing sound of encroaching helicopter blades which give way to a mornful harmonica - think Charles Bronson in "Once Upon a Time In The West"! then the listener is suddely catapulted into new sonic territory featuring harpsichord on deeply reverbed guitar. Paul McNamara's bass positively squelches along, driving the tune magnificently.
"This Love" takes slightly longer to develop, before crashing in with a Zepp-style riff then giving way to organ and phased guitar, before another change of gear towards rock-boogie, with the lyric becoming more sexually charged. The song closes as it began, with voiceo ver a sustained chord held on the organ.
Closing track "You Are You (Indeed Baby!)" finds a heavily driven guitar riff alternating with funky bass/keys; the lyric seem to portray one struggling with their gender identity!
All in all, a rewarding package from a talented group, but at just under half an hour it's way too short! Admittedly good value for money but we're left wanting more.