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San Francisco duo Sappington blend ambient electronic sounds with blissfully spacey pop. It’s a surprisingly enticing combination: sinouous, ethereal, exotic, and quietly lovely. - lastfm


San Francisco's Sappington pulls from a number of different sound sources to create an idiosyncratic, somnolent style that walks the line between shoegazing dream pop and ambient electronic music. Singer Ann Talbott's stately but resigned vocals resemble those of Low's Mimi Parker, thanks in part to collaborator Keith Vidal's minimal, understated guitar flourishes and occasional quiet harmonizing. But Sappington's predilection for subtle but striking experimental beats and abstract sounds in conjunction with the aching vocals, melancholy guitars, and quiet keyboard flourishes distinguishes the duo from Low and their ilk. The feeling in these restrained, smartly orchestrated pieces goes beyond slow, soaring melancholy; there's an added tension, a nebulous paranoia about the unknown and unexpected.

Talbott and Vidal began playing together in late 1999. Initially Sappington was a side project, but the peculiar energy of their collaboration soon eclipsed their other projects. In 2000 they recorded their beautiful self-titled debut EP, available to you here in its entirety. In 2002, Sappington released another stunning four-song EP, Summer, on which the duo continued to juxtapose their soft searching voices with melodic acoustics and slightly dissonant electronics. The release, part of Dreams By Degrees' terrific Seasons series of 10-inch EPs (which also features efforts by Coastal, Colophon, and Loquat), includes the minimal "Airtight" as well as a starkly anthemic cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" and a glitchy downtempo remix of "Airtight" courtesy of Park Avenue Music.
Jesse Ashlock
last updated: 10/10/02 - Epitonic


- "Eyes Wide Open" remixed tracks added 2003 - available on itunes

- "Sappington" self-release 2001
- "Autumn" on Dreams by Degrees Records 2002 available on itunes,rhapsody

" Velvet"
Tired Of Standing Still (compilation) 2001
Highpoint Lowlife Records



i found myself on bainbridge island while ben shephard and matt cameron from soundgarden admired my ideas and wanted to capture it all on 8 track with two mics- tons of gigs insued as a three piece ( Crush Velour) in seattle. opened for hater, mudhoney, pearl jam- pretty f'ing cool.

moved to sf -discovered radiohead, spiritualized and cat power and ben harper- went without a drummer for a time- played with drum machine and another guitar player- got a deal with Dreams by Degrees records- put out stuff on vinyl and a comp- well recieved. moved to l.a.- opened for silversun pickups, earlimart and a ton of other cool bands. had two kids, took a break- now i'm back solo with fire and vengeance- recording a record and starting to play live again. its nice to be back. my shows are, beautiful ... vulnerable. guitar at times naked , but then sometimes looped and effected- beats added and layered. miles davis,kurt cobain. radiohead, cat power, the band, jeff buckley....