Using just his guitar, a microphone, and a computer, his home-recorded solo debut EP, Four Songs in Twilight, appeared in 2010. It was subsequently released three times by three different labels. Saunders began working with a live group of like-minded musicians known as the Fever Dreams, and secured opening gigs for acts like Low
, Blue Roses
, Patrick Watson
, Forest Fire
, and Villagers
. Due to a burgeoning local reputation for riveting live performances, he earned an opening slot at the Leeds Live music festival, where he came to widespread attention of critics from the British music weeklies.
His second EP, Lilac & Wisteria was issued in 2011 to almost universally positive reviews. He signed to Atlantic
in early 2012, and issued another home-recorded EP, Descartes Highlands, at the end of the year. Saunders spent most of 2013 touring and recording his debut for the label. The long-player Beautiful Desolation was released in April of 2014. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi