How Things Transpire
Hailed as "sexy, liquid, cinematic soul that just happens to have enormous commercial potential" (XLR8R Magazine), SUTRO's debut EP, "How Things Transpire" is a gorgeous amalgamation of sound that exposes the talents of three of San Francisco's brightest musicians. Fronted by renowned Producer/Remixer Tyler Stone, (Everything But The Girl, Sting) the members of Sutro- Tyler: Vocals/Programming, Patrick Hinds: Guitar, Keenan Wayne: Bass- pick up where trip-hop left off and give a nod to electro, to create structured songs with the dynamics of live musicianship, adding substance to what were static, groove-based genres. The three met at DJ Polywog's improv collective "Poly's Playhouse", where they were regular members along with a wide range of other musicians. Patrick and Tyler invited Keenan to join them sometime in fleshing out a few old songs over a bottle of red wine. "Sometime" ended up being a couple of years later. They had no particular direction in mind other than to see what would happen with a jazz tinged, house music diva, an indie rock guitarist and session bass player. Rehearsals began with food, wine and conversation and without realizing it, this had more to do with their direction than their musical influences - the red wine setting the tempo. Before they new it, they had created a soundtrack for the upscale underground and released their first EP, "How Things Transpire". Sutro's progressive sounds caught the attention of "iTunes Originals" producer Gordon Brislawn (Goldfrapp, Nouvelle Vague, Phoenix) and Grammy Award winning engineer Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Beck, The Shins), who both lent their considerable talents to How Things Transpire. "I was excited to mix the Sutro tracks," says Chiccarelli, "I love the combination of live instruments and programmed material. There's a wonderful mood to Tyler's vocals that brings a very haunting [quality] to all these songs. It's the perfect combination of darkness and light with a message and a groove." The lead single, 'Temptress,' was previously released on the Bay Area top selling electronica compilation Destination Lounge: San Francisco, [Revive the Soul/UBL Recordings]. Stone and Brislawn revamped the song's vocal arrangement to add a bit of swing to the cinematic feel and highlight Stone's impeccable dynamics and range. How Things Transpire also includes Sutro's haunting take on Disney's "(it's a) Small World." Originally commissioned by the Craigslist Foundation, this version of the song implies that our shrinking global village has become claustrophobic and surreal. Two other original songs, the hypnotic pulse "Undying," and the electro groove of "Affected" round out the EP that "...manages to balance cool, piercing beats, torch piano, sludgy synths and jazzy turns (and) sets the stakes in Sutro's rapturous act" (download.com) Sutro are already recognized as pioneers in the burgeoning trip-tempo scene, having been among the first MasterMinds* Honorees in May of 2006. This new grant was given to emerging and innovative Performing and Fine Artists, coinciding with the annual SFWeekly Best of San Francisco issue. San Francisco audiences have seen Sutro perform 'an ethereal set of downtempo that will make your heart throb, then melt' (nitewise.com) at venues such as Mezzanine, Ruby Skye, Cafe Du Nord, 1015 Folsom, and the SFMoMA. They have appeared alongside national and local acts like Brazilian Girls, The Brand New Heavies, Zoe Keating (Imogene Heap, Rasputina), and J-Boogie, as well as a special performance with Calexico, Asobi Seksu and The Frames at 2005's SXSW Music Festival in Austin. They have been embraced by local radio stations 92.7 (Below Zero) and KZSU where they charted at #2 on the Electronica Chart and #17 on the Top 30 and are being wooed by podcasts as far away as the UK. 2007 brings the beginning of a new monthly, Shift/Tilt, formed by a collective of electronic acts where SUTRO will continue to change the landscape or electronic music and to add to the elusive list of good red wines under $10.