short players (Scottish) Single review

Roy Moller and the Chain Pier Group

It’s been four years since the much-loved cult artist Roy Moller has released new music, although the Dunbar-based polymath has hardly been resting on his laurels.

Moller has focused on his poetry-writing in recent years, culminating in the release of his most accomplished work to date, ‘Be My Baby’, a deeply affecting narrative-based poetry book that documents Moller’s search for his roots.

Themes of identity are also explored – in Moller’s trademark witty fashion- on ‘Semicolon’, another Moller instant classic, co-written with long-term collaborator Gary Thoms of the Moondials and Astrid. A tightly constructed number with hooks-a-plenty, ‘Semicolon’ rocks and sways like Ray Davies on a Clyde steamer, with assured backing provided by David Paul (guitar), Alan Cloughley (keyboards), Mads Mitchell (drums) and Mike Heffron (bass).

Here’s hoping Roy and the Chain Pier group have an album in the works – it’s good to have him back.