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Album review Scottish albums

A New International

‘Valentino’, the opening track of A New International’s debut Come To The Fabulon is all swirling strings, twanging guitars and latinate rhythms.

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Album review Scottish albums

The Phantom Band

You know how it is – you wait four years for an album by The Phantom Band

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Single review

Deux Furieuses

Debut single from duo Deux Furieuses ‘Can We Talk About This?’ starts out all swampy drums and voodoo percussion.

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short players (Scottish) Single review

White Heath

Since they took the long road south, output from the (former) Edinburgh troupe may have been sporadic, but it’s certainly been interesting.

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Album review

The Teardrop Explodes

Cliche thought it may be, the difficult second album doesn’t really come any more difficult than the sophomore offering from The Teardrop Explodes.

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Album review

Julian Cope

There were two periods in Julian Cope’s career when he bothered the pages of Smash Hits.

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Album review Scottish albums

White Heath

5-piece (possibly 6 now) White Heath, would rather you didn’t concentrate too much on their non-standard line-up.  They claim it’s down more to necessity (i.e. that’s what the could play) than any kind of arch design. 

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Gig review gig reviews (Scottish)

Alasdair Roberts / Muntu Valdo

Cameroonian Muntu Valdo does that thing where you take a Enterprise-scale board of effects and use them to make your-solo-self sound like a full band. And, as with every time you’ve seen this done, the effects can be varied. The opening acapella number where he builds himself into a full choir is astounding. The first […]

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Album review Scottish albums

The Phantom Band

Another communication breakdown on my part means I’m possibly filing the latest review of The Phantom Band’s new album The Wants. Surely, there’s some cache in being the last as opposed to rushing to be first? Seriously, I’ve been busting to rave about this. I’m sure I lost followers on Twitter as a result of […]

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Album review Scottish albums

Be A Familiar

Septet Be A Familiar finally deliver their debut album. And, all we can say is that To The Lighthouse has definitely been worth the wait. Definitely the most air-punchingly exhilarating albums for quite some time. The whole thing is driven with an energy and rush from start to finish. Make no mistake, this is probably […]