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Scotland in the 80s

The Dreary Heather Club (bandcamp)

By • Jun 19th, 2020 • Category: Album review

This is a lo-fi gem, “two Fifers nae drums” runs the tag-line. This duo have previous in other east coast of Scotland combos (Pensioner included) and have enlisted a few pals as well.

Mainly however you just get some wistful, slightly depressing songs, often in minor keys… Opener ‘Morning Song’ is a near 7 minute dirge, sorry ditty, which mournfully comments upon nothing much really over a two chord guitar sequence – what’s not to like? Okay so it may be a bit of a mood thing but there is definitely a place for songs like these…

Subsequent tracks concentrate on birdsong, half-remembered folk songs (‘Untitled 4’), more birdsong (‘Song for Max Epstein 1’) and strumming… and some musing on past loves (‘Cynthiana’) , again acoustic guitar and birdsong, plus some piano…

The songs are slow, languid and sung in a broad Fife brogue – further tracks include an 8 minute epic (‘The Sound Of One Man Walking’), a spoken word number, very evocative indeed…

Many of the shorter tracks have “found sounds” and excerpts from soundtracks, hard to identify exactly what.

There is inevitable rain on ‘Cabin Song’ and yes a wee touch of King Creosote at times… also Aberdeen’s excellent Kitchen Cynics. The set ends with ‘A Wee Sensation’, another guitar-led lament, which has jaunty chords but not exactly upbeat lyrics – it is however a nice coda to a highly eccentric and enjoyable set of tunes and musings…

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