Welcome to the Red Barn
SANTA CRUZ is the new 'Americana reference' from France. 15 songs were recorded in 5 days, and in an astounding appropriation of the North-American musical culture, 'Welcome To The Red Barn' could be regarded as a new version of THE BAND's 'Music From The Big Pink': a mental landscape of never ending roads and fallen through dream. In the style of new-country (SMOG, LAMBCHOP, WILL OLDHAM, JOHNNY DOWD) with it's treatment of silence and tempos, SANTA CRUZ develop unique songs played on the low frets of steel strung guitars. Songs that have atmospheric, airy rhythms, velvety slides and ghostly keyboards. Schizophrenic and controlled, erudite and inspired, 'Welcome To The Red Barn' is a voyage to the darklands of the soul. A journey to a time gone by or a time there never was. 'The other side of the American dream as seen by a French band named Santa Cruz . Two singers with warm and weird voices, songs about love, alcohol and horses, and one cycle wheel . Somewhere between Lambchop and Sparklehorse, Neil young and Tom Waits, Raymond Carver and Cormac Mc Carthy'