Album review Scottish albums

The Son(s)

Released back in September, this new album from Edinburgh’s The Son(s) is still well worth a listen.

Recorded in Leith Theatre and released on the mighty Olive Grove label, this intriguing long-player repays repeated listening.

Twelve tracks of originality, combining eccentric harmonies, rollicking guitar lines and obscure lyrics, it certainly challenges… Influences – well, it is hard to pigeonhole this lot; suffice to say there is a bit of Americana-tinged country vibes, maybe even REM in their imperial phase…

Highlights for BM are the wonderfully titled ‘A Prick in Gold Lame’, meandering acoustic wander with some lovely harmonising and a great guitar solo and ‘The Things I Love Are Not at Home’ builds into some great crescendos of guitar, strings and vocals.

‘I’m Glad You Kept Your Hair, John Travolta’ is a quirky wee ditty which may recall John Grant’s more downbeat moments while ‘Once We Were Golden’ is another little gem of understatement.

The title track fairly rips in with a big electric guitar riff and is quite bluesy, a previous single release and ‘For When it Hurts’, the closer, uses minimal guitar lines and a melancholy vocal to emote some regretfulness.

BM is not actually sure how many members this combo has (no-one is! – Ed.) but they are a worthy band of brothers indeed and this LP is a great addition to a slew of lockdown album releases this month.