Category Archives: record review

Belle and Sebastian – ‘We Were Beautiful’ [Matador]

New Belle and Sebastian single ‘We Were Beautiful’ conducts a tranquil essence, conveying sparse synths and a 90s air – provoking an indispensable nostalgia. Commencing with a D&B loop, swamp bass line and a stock-sounding synth that genuinely flatters the punctual vocal, majestically embracing the motion. The satisfying pedal-steel effect adds some class to the already unblemished … Continue Reading ››

Adam Holmes and the Embers – Midnight Milk [Gogar]

Being more familiar with Adam Holmes’ work as part of the excellent hip-hop outfit Bang Dirty, this album was approached with an entirely open mind. As it transpires, Holmes is just as compelling minus the backdrop of thumping ZA beats and sizzling Mog bars. Midnight Milk is the Edinburgh musician’s third album with the Embers, following 2014’s … Continue Reading ››

The Insomniac Project – ‘Give U’

Electronic pop band The Insomniac Project’s latest single, ‘Give U’, is an upbeat pop track with influences of disco and also indie clearly shining through. The track features impressive vocals alongside prominent rhythm guitar and drums, creating an eclectic song with lyrics that compliment the overall relaxed feel. The Glasgow six-piece has released a selection of impressive … Continue Reading ››

Rhona MacFarlane – The Tide

An already accomplished violinist, playing in the National Youth Orchestra for Scotland, and taking her solo career as a singer songwriter to many well-known venues and events such as Celtic Connections, The Tide is the new EP release from Rhona MacFarlane. ‘Golden Leaves’ glitters like the autumn rising sun, the melodies sweep like a soft breeze, … Continue Reading ››

BDY_PRTS – ‘Rooftops’ [Aggrocat]

The cumbersomely named BDY_PRTS are Chicago-born Jill O’Sullivan (of cult band Sparrow And The Workshop) and Jenny Reeve (of Strike The Colours and frequent Malcolm Middleton collaborator) - alongside drummer/producer Jonny Scott (The Kills, CHVRCHES) and ‘Rooftops’ is their third single, though the first they’ve released in over two years. ‘Rooftops’ is an upbeat slice of electronic … Continue Reading ››

Meursault – I Will Kill Again [Song, By Toad]

Essentially now the solo project of Neil Pennycook, despite an impressive cast list flitting through the revolving doors, Meursault return with a really rather triumphant album. Usually a more interesting live proposition than on record - an appearance at the BBC 6 Music festival in Glasgow this year was just spectacular and seductively intense - it … Continue Reading ››