Sanchez is the brainchild of Oisín Magee, formerly of the Easy Street Pickings. Originally from Co Armagh, Oisín has been living in South Korea for the past three years.
In his debut album Burgundy, the Lurgan native takes us on a journey through dynamics and ambience; where modern rock meets classic folk.
He has assembled a band of brilliant musicians around him to showcase the album which draws on many of his influences. We can hear inspiration hailing from Cohen to Dylan, the Arctic Monkeys to Damien Rice, and from Tupac to Ciaran Lavery.
‘Sadness (never felt so good)’ provides an end to the summer aurora that leaves us somewhere between autumn and the beach. The honest song writing reflects the nature of the Sanchez sound.
Each track is unpredictable as the next, and as passionate as the rest. Heavy rock riffs often drift into subtle clean guitar progressions, leaving us spiralling into rounds of musical fusion, that leaves us asking for more.
Burgundy was mastered by Pete Maher, who, of course, has worked with powerhouse names such as U2, Damien Rice, Jack White and Snow Patrol.
In ‘I Can’t Escape’ we hear the influence of funk rock pioneers the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The flow and rhythm of this track has an essence of the Cali heavyweights. The similarities echo with Frusciante’s piercing vocals and sweet melodies.
Magee’s lyrics are homegrown honesty filled with personal reflections. “You are an enigma, a Madonna figure.” – sings Oisín, who is reminiscent of the past; a frequent trend throughout Burgundy.