Once Around Saturn Introduces New EP “These Promises”
Once Around Saturn is the moniker for Sydney-based synth-pop solo artist Dan Kelso. Active since 2014, OAS has released a host of singles in advance of the 2017 EP release These Promises, a release that found Kelso enlisting the help of Glenn Whitehall and Amanda Easton on vocals.
OAS counts among its influences great 80’s keyboard heavy acts like Genesis, Level 42, A-ha, Mr Mister and Living in a Box as well as modern female-led acts like Goldfrapp.
Talking about the project Dan says “So I fired up this sonic rocket in the middle of 2014, dusted off my olds synths and incorporated some new tech. Initial songs were refined ideas that I’d had for years, but couldn’t seem to find a singer that could nail them. Fortunately, my engineer here in Sydney pointed me in the direction of the powerful yet angelic tones of Amanda Easton, a talented songstress and performer in her own right. She has become an integral part of the Once Around Saturn sound. Every few months I get into the studio and work on new material, building up a repertoire of songs to ensure a steady stream of releases for some time to come.
It’s no secret that I love Synth Pop; from the classic British eighties acts to the more contemporary sounds of other artists who are also clearly influenced by that earlier era. As technology progresses, new sonic possibilities become more accessible to the independent artist, but at the heart of it all is the sense of song. I love writing. I love recording. I feel truly alive when creating music. Long may it last.”