‘Young Sun|Trouble Comes’ is a 10″ split vinyl collaboration by friends Rob St. John and Mark Hamilton of Woodpigeon alongside artist Jake Bee, whose painting ‘Prof Roos at Profile’ adorns the cover.
Released by Edinburgh based Song, by Toad, the record begins with Hamilton’s suite of three tracks ‘Trouble Comes’, an exquisite, ramshackle affair full of wistful melodies and driving rhythm from Graham Lessard on bass and percussionist Jonah Fortune. Inspired by snow and recorded quickly in Montreal through an assortment of old amplifiers that crackle and hum in the background, ‘Trouble Comes’ yearns beautifully and bodes very well for Woodpigeon’s forthcoming long player.
Rob St. John’s first set of solo songs since his ‘Charcoal Black and the Bonnie Grey’ single in 2013, ‘Young Sun’ and ‘Folly’ were recorded in Edinburgh last year and offer an interesting contrast to ‘Trouble Comes’. Both songs build slowly from nylon guitar and John’s rich, sonorous vocal, before expanding their palette with tube organ, harmonium, analogue synthesisers and backing vocals. ‘Young Sun’ is more direct, ending with a catchy organ riff and soaring vocal, while ‘Folly’ ebbs and flows, it’s instrumentation stretching out like the North Sea around Whalsay where it was written. Both are brilliant and round off a considered collaboration that celebrates the art of writing and recording music and the differing approaches of two friends. Highly recommended.