UK bassist Russ Sargeant uses his instruments, along with technology and effects, to create beautiful, layered music. His work has been described as “wonderfully immersive” and “subtle layers of sound that emerge gracefully like cinematic soundtracks”.
Russ writes and performs solo, collaborates with other artists from time to time, and is often asked to record bass as a session player. In recent years he has toured and recorded with UK singer/songwriter Louise Colam (Petit), collaborated and written with dream pop collective Ghosts in Daylight and currently plays bass for UK original pop/rock band, The Mechanical Hearts.
“On his 2009 full-length ‘Blue’, Russ Sargeant found solace in the most stripped-down constellation imaginable: One man and his instrument. What made the album stand out was the instrument in question: A bass. Its deep vibrations led straight to the emotional core of the music with naked brutality.”
“To say Sargeant creates soundscapes would be to gloss over one of his greatest strengths, as a melodist, but his recordings largely consist of spatial, layered pads, and melodies played on electric or upright bass. Sometimes the pads sound very like synthesisers, but with some effects and an Ebow, anything is possible: what’s certain is that these tracks are performed as they sound here, using live looping technology. If you see Sargeant live he will realise these compositions for you with one or more basses and some gizmos.”
Oliver Arditi @oli_the_bass
“Russ Sargeant’s bass-centric ambient soundscapes are truly seductive and enticing. His use of electric basses, acoustic Double Bass, guitars, loops, synths and found sounds makes for an effective soundtrack for life in all its guises and nuances. In fact, it is the very nuances … that make it so appealing… it’s the sounds within the soundscapes… the layers and the loops… the subtleties that make it so wonderfully immersive.”
“Russ creates subtle layers of sound that emerge gracefully like cinematic soundtracks.”
“Wonderfully creative use of sound, technique and talent allowing listeners’ minds and spirits to take flight into a world of their own. Excellent!”
Stunning stuff. ‘Hope’ (from the ‘Blue’ album) has the type of power found rarely. The power to effect a human being physically and change them emotionally. Thanks for that.