Sur was born from the brain of Northern California-bred musician/producer Zack Arnett who built a makeshift studio in the back of an RV, set out on a journey and began creating a sound both gritty and melodic, nuanced and volatile, reflective and deeply life-affirming. Returning to L.A., Arnett continued shaping the songs he’d started during his travels, recording at home and out in Joshua Tree.
Self-producing the Savage Beast EP and handling all the instrumentation, the lifelong musician carved out a hypnotically textured sound that fully embodies the forces at the heart of SUR: love, violence, and nature. SUR builds a powerful dynamic by fusing inventive electronic elements and visceral rhythms rooted in native drum patterns heard on lead single “Lean Back”. Arnett, a visual artist, poet, self-described American medicinal farmer, former graffiti artist and prolific painter created SUR’s nature-themed artwork. When it came time to name the project, he decided to pay tribute to the place he’s long considered a spiritual and creative haven. “Big Sur is my compass, it’s what compelled me to be a creator in the first place.” The title to SUR’s forthcoming release echoes the EP’s open-hearted exploration of the conflict within the human spirit. “We try to rationalize everything we do, but at the end of the day, it’s all just animal instinct.” This music is partly looking at how most of us can be very savage people, even when it seems like we’re so put-together and in control.”