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Roy Moller

Roy Moller has been around Scotland’s music scene for a while now, previously playing with Meth O.D and The Wow Kafe. He’s also collaborated with Belle and Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson and played with Davey Henderson’s ‘supergroup’ Jesus, Baby! so his Scottish indie credentials are top notch.

This is Moller’s fourth album, having released his debut in 2005. The opener ‘Honey Berlin’ features catchy guitar licks, and ‘Redpath’ is an acoustic strum-along with some cheeky handclaps thrown in for good measure.

‘Street Oblique’ is the album’s lead single, a spiky offering built on a jauty piano grove. It also features Moller’s stylish lyricism, with the line. ‘I could never dance through life, for fear I might land on an knife’ proving particularly arresting. ‘Where I Am Is Here’ is a pleasingly rocky affair, with Moller’s vocals sounding like a drunk Bob Dylan.

The title track is the last track, and its country-stylings close the album in laid-back, contemplative fashion with the line ‘we’re in the lap of the God’s’. In just over half an hour, Roy Moller has delivered a collection of songs that cover a range of styles with wit and panache. Clearly influenced by the Postcard aesthetic, ‘One Domino’ carries on the same tradition of erudite pop.

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