BIOGRAPHY

 

the Soil and the Sun are, of course, great partners in the mystery that is creating life, making things grow.  Out of Grand Rapids, MI, Alex, Ashley, Benjamin, and Kellen make music in the delicate balance between simplicity and complexity.  Through soaring vocal melodies, ethereal synth textures, driving guitars, and pulsing electro-organic rhythms, these four friends explore the human condition and reach for greater meaning. 

 

RELEASES

 

Meridian (2014)

Meridian (2014)

What Wonder is this Universe! (2012)

What Wonder is this Universe! (2012)

 

PRESS MENTIONS

 

Wake Up, Child (2010)

Wake Up, Child (2010)

“One of the most ambitious albums of the year. A vivid landscape of sonic scenery, Meridian will overtake your senses by constantly reshaping itself into an enigmatic chasm of ever-changing melodies.”
— Paste Magazine
“The Grand Rapids, Michigan group, fronted by Alex McGrath, paints memorable walks through places known for solitude, places known for uncontaminated water, wild flowers and grasses and flattened beds that are still warm from the deer that slept on them the night before. They make you blush with the ways that they’re able to tie all of the most natural of beauties together into these significant and lush songs.”
— Daytrotter
“[the Soil & the Sun’s] music oscillates between billowing symphonic beauty and intense wandering rock, but in a way which feels perfectly natural to the listener.”
— The Wild Honey Pie
“Those who have seen the Soil and the Sun live know that the most potently beautiful aspects of their recorded songs are magnified during the band’s live performance, and improvisations and collaborations make for a truly moving, nearly spiritual musical experience.”
— Revue Magazine
  • One of NPR's 100 "Bands to Discover" at SXSW 2013
  • One of Paste Magazine's "12 Michigan Acts You Should Listen To Now" and "Best of What's Next"
  • "Meridian" (2014) received WYCE Local Music Award for Album of the Year.
  • "What Wonder is this Universe!"(2012) received two WYCE Local Music Awards - Album of the Year, and Special Jury Prize Best Album