Edgar Breau grew up in the hardscrabble east-end
Hamilton,Ontario neighbourhood just a stone's throw
from the steel mills which gave sustenance and weird
nightime colour to the city affectionately referred to as
"The Hammer".Early on, he picked up a six-string
Harmony acoustic guitar and set about learning Gordon
Lightfoot,Kinks and Donovan tunes for fun, but soon
embarked on a songwriting journey of his own, eventually
forming a rock band,Simply Saucer, with friends.Though
initially doomed to almost catastrophic failure in the late
1970's,after six years of struggle,the band would find
belated international critical acclaim when a vinyl album
then CD,"Cyborgs Revisited", was released on journalist
Bruce Mowat's tiny Indie label,"Mole Sound Recordings".
After acstatic reviews in publications and fanzines around
the world including;UNCUT,MOJO,The London Times,
Village Voice and Creem (among many others....),it was
deemed a bona fide Proto-Punk classic. In a recent issue
of UNCUT,celebrating the precursers to the Punk era such
as The MC5 and The New York Dolls, the companion
compilation CD included Simply Saucer.The U.K. based
magazine hailed Breau as a prophetic Punk visionary.By
the time "Cyborgs Revisited" had saw the light of day in
the late 80's, Edgar had retooled himself and with the help
of a Grit Laskin engineered acoustic guitar and influenced
by American guitar icon,John Fahey's instrumental pieces
he set about re-inventing himself as a singer/songwriter in
the long troubadour tradition, extending far back to his
early influences such as Tim Hardin, Fred Neil and bluesman
Lightnin' Hopkins. While presiding at the helm of the
present day incarnation of Simply Saucer, he continues
to nurture a solo career - first with "Canadian Primitive" in 2004, the acclaimed "Patches Of Blue (2013). His most recent full length CD " Edgar Breau" (2018), on Flying Inn
Recordings celebrates all these things and much more.
....... abandoning the electric (and electrifying) mayhem of his legacy, the solo
Breau has created a sublimely atmospheric kind of melancholy that will be familiar to
acolytes of everyone from Chet Baker to Robert Wyatt .......
The Toronto Star
..... this Simply Saucer pilot fastens his seatbelt for a solo mission while proving
he can make a perfect landing .....
...... but what's going on here is more than genre work or gear shifting - it's some
genuinely intense, sincere troubadour-ism, telling tales and really meaning them .....
...... and the way he can mix various
aspects of singer/songwriter sunshine and
lollipops with a draconian vision straight outta
The Velvet Underground is something that
continues to amaze me ......
Black To Comm (Blog To Comm) USA
"... a touching and quizzical - most of all stoutly
individual album, from a gent who has long
deserved far wider exposure ..."
WE ARE CULT - Jan. 2018
"Edgar Breau is a resolutely self assured release
from a man who knows how to wield his images
and influences and make them all his own...."
Christmas/Reign Ghost legend
and music blogger
" Simply Saucer legend, Edgar Breau, has been
making great music of his own since "Canadian
Primitive" in 2004, and his third longplayer is his most accomplished yet - he creates a glorious cornucopia of Pop and Folk tunes, effortlessly amalgamating Fahey-esque picking, raga influenced psychedelia, CSN - style West Coast harmonizing and avant-garde guitar
experiments with fluid, Cosmic Country and pastoral Anglo-Pop...."
SHINDIG Magazine U.K.