by The catholics

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freejazzy Fresh and crisp with influences from all over the world. It's fun to listen to. Sounds like they are playing live together instead of recording one after the other. However, its brilliantly done, the energy is there. Favorite track: Yonder.
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Robert Middleton This album is impossibly wonderful with lively, bouncing melodies and rhythms. Every song hits the spot. It immediately rose to the top of my favorite jazz albums ever. Favorite track: Yonder.
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Ruby This has got to be one of my favourite albums of all time. Always an absolute pleasure to listen to! Favorite track: Floating on an Emerald Green Sea.
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John Cratchley OK. All you need to know is this music is hot and it swings...
If you are old enough to know what that means, then buy this gem.
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Yonder 08:39
Indigo 02:50
Permeate 08:38
Mr Crocodile 07:31
Sleepout 11:51


The eighth release from Lloyd Swanton's long-running (over two decades now!) outfit.

Fans of The catholics' winning formula of tough jazz blowing over scintillating worldbeat grooves will know just what to expect, but the element which makes Yonder stand out from The catholics' previous releases is the presence of Gary Daley's accordion.

A really fresh album from a band which was in no danger of going stale anyway.

Physical copies available from www.buglerecords.com/buy-music


"This is what I'd consider a near-perfect jazz album...so clever yet simple...you really just want Yonder to go on and on, like the baked country roads in their cover shot...

The depth, colour and life had me reaching for a glass of red - searching for some way to celebrate the creation of such a bold and unified jazz statement... I didn't find the wine, but I opened the windows so the neighbours could hear."

"The first recording since Gary Daley joined The catholics confirms he was an inspired choice...to swap to Daley's accordion after two decades of slide guitar was always going to dye The catholics' fabric a different hue, but it's an enchanting one.

More than ever, the band sounds as if it plays the national music of an imaginary - possibly Caribbean - country.

If anything, the accordion makes the music breezier. More remarkable is the way it thickens the textures without the sound losing its essential airiness"

"A perfect extension to the finely crafted repertoire of these highly skilled professionals" (4 and 1/2 Stars)

"This intriguing recording brings a worldly musical texture to each track... The catholics always surprise their listeners and continue to explore their unique Australian roots" (4 and 1/2 Stars)

"Sophisticated cosmopolitanism... (Yonder) features the bright and breezy blowing, contrasting light and shade and wide ranging influences that characterises their music... covers a lot of territory both musically and stylistically, in its 67:05 minutes journey...arguably the pick of their catalogue"


released March 22, 2013

Total time 67:05

Lloyd Swanton - acoustic bass
Gary Daley - piano accordion
Sandy Evans - soprano and tenor saxophone
James Greening - trombone, pocket trumpet
Fabian Hevia - percussion, tres
Jon Pease - electric and acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart - drums

Produced by Lloyd Swanton
Recorded 19th - 21st Dec 2012 at Rancom St. Studios, Botany, NSW
by Tim Whitten.
Mixed at Studios 301, Alexandria, NSW
by Tim Whitten
Mastered at Sound Heaven Studios, Wentworth Falls, NSW
by Michael Lynch

"In memory of my mother, June Beatrice Swanton (née Deck), 1922 - 2010, who made me in so many ways, and dedicated to Ida, a living reminder of her grandmother."


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The catholics Sydney, Australia

Formed in 1991, The catholics are one of Australia's most distinctive contemporary groups.

Throughout their beautifully crafted and instantly accessible pieces runs a strong, seductive dance strain found in the band's various African, Caribbean, Latin and Eastern influences.
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