Category Archives: Indie Pop

FRIGHTENED RABBIT-THE STORY SO FAR.

Frightened Rabbit-The Story So Far. It’s at this time of year, that the Scottish music industry’s thoughts turn to the Scottish Album Of The Year Award. It’s Scotland’s most prestigious music prize. Already many albums have been nominated. This includes Frightened Rabbit’s Picture Of Panic Attack, which is regarded as a contender for the  Scottish Album Of The Year Award. Picture Of Panic …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 4.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 4. Pink Floyd-Cre/ation: The Early Years 1967–1972. One box set that divided opinion during 2016, was Pink Floyd’s The Early Years 1965–1972. It featured eleven CDs, DVDs, blu-ray discs, vinyl, and memorabilia. There was everything from unreleased material to live recordings and non-album singles. The Early Years 1965–1972 was marketed …

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THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 1.

THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 1. Black Moon Circle-Sea Of Clouds. April 2016 saw Norwegian space rock pioneers Black Moon Circle make their debut at the prestigious  Roadburn Festival. This was prefect timing. That day, Black Moon Circle released their fourth album Sea Of Clouds via Crispin Glover Records. It was a much anticipated …

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THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 2.

THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 3. John Marty-Solid Air. During his long and illustrious career, John Martyn released two classic albums for Island Records, including Solid Air in 1973. It was reissued twice during 2016. In May, Island Records reissued Solid Air as part of their Half-Speed Mastering series. Then Universal-Island Records Ltd supplied …

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THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 3.

THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 3. Sun Ra-Spaceways. The third of the trio of Sun Ra albums released for Record Store Day 2016 was Spaceways. It was released by Org Music on blue vinyl as a limited edition of 2,500.  Originally, though, Spaceways could be found on disc two of Calling Planet Earth, a …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 1.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 1. Adam Holmes and The Embers-Better Still. Just two years after releasing his debut Heirs and Graces, Edinburgh based singer-songwriter returned with his much-anticipated sophomore album Better Still. This time around though, his backing band  The Embers receive equal billing. They play an important in the sound and success of …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 2.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 2. Ches Smith-The Bell. Up until the New York Winter Jazzfest in 2014, Ches Smith had always been a sideman. That night, he led his own trio. Two years later, Ches Smith’s move from sideman to bandleader was complete when he released The Bell on ECM.   He assumes the …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 3.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 3. Fire!-She Sleeps, She Sleeps. Back in Fenruary, Fire! released their fifth studio album She Sleeps, She Sleeps on Rune Grammofon. Just like previous albums by Fire! and the Fire! Orchestra the music on She Sleeps, She Sleeps was groundbreaking, influential and innovative. It was also captivating, progressive, genre-melting music. …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 4.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 4. Jóhann Jóhannsson-Ophee On Orphée, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s turned his attention to the beauty and the process of creation. Orphée features Jóhann Jóhannsson tracing a path from darkness into light. Inspiration for Orphée comes from the opéra bouffe Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld). It was written by Ludovic Halévy, …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 5.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 5. Martin Green-Flit Last year, when  Lau enjoying some downtime, accordionist and electronics guru Martin Green decided to release his sophomore album, Flit on Reveal Records. It was the followup to Crow’s Bones which was released in 2014 and found Martin accompanied by an-star cast of musicians. They play their …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 6.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 6. Qluster-Echtzei. Forty-seven years after he first co-founded Kluster, Hans-Joachim Roedelius keeps the memory of Kluster and Cluster alive with Qluster.  They released their sixth album Echtzeit on  Bureau B during 2016.    Echtzeit marks a stylistic departure from Qluster. It’s much more ambient sounding album.  Qluster combine elements of …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 7.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 7. Sunanna-Triangle. Triangle is Susanna’s eleventh album and first for four years. It was released on Susanna’s own SusannaSonata label, and is no ordinary album. Not by a long chalk. Instead, Triangle is a twenty-two song cerebral epic, where Susanna muses and meditates on mortality and religion.  It’s a powerful album, …

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BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 1.

BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 1. It’s at this time of year I usually say that Scottish music is in rude health. This year, I’m not so sure. There seems to be a dearth of up-and-coming artists and bands making a breakthrough. The only newcomers to this year’s  list are Starless, Adam Holmes and The …

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BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 2.

BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 2. RM Hubbert-Telling The Trees. For Telling The Trees, RM Hubbert joined by a stellar cast of guest artists. This includes Karine Palwart, Kathryn Williams, Martha Ffion and Anneliese Mackintosh. These multitalented songwriters, musicians and vocalists join RM Hubbert in creating another album of collaborations. Hubby’s first album of collaborations, …

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SUSANNA-TRIANGLE.

SUSANNA-TRIANGLE. Four years after the release of her previous solo album Wild Dog, Susanna recently returned with her much-anticipated, eleventh album Triangle. It was released on Susanna’s own SusannaSonata label, and is no ordinary album. Not by a long chalk.  Instead, Triangle is a twenty-two song cerebral epic, where Susanna muses and meditates on mortality …

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JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN AND BENJAMIN LAZUR DAVIS-LET IT BE YOU.

JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN AND BENJAMIN LAZUR DAVIS-LET IT BE YOU. Signing a distribution deal to Reveal Records in December 2005 was the turning point for Joan As Police Woman. Their new label rereleased their eponymous debut E.P. Meanwhile, Joan As Police Woman headed into the studio and recorded their debut album, Real Life. It …

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ARISE KING CREOSOTE.

ARISE KING CREOSOTE. Ever since the birth of modern music, Scotland has constant and consistently produced talented and innovative musicians. That’s been the case since the days of Donovan, John Martyn and Maggie Bell in the sixties, through to the Average White Band and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band in the seventies. Then in the eighties, Scotland produced The …

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VERONIQUE VINCENT AND ASKAK MABOUL-16 VISIONS OF EX-FUTUR.

VERONIQUE VINCENT AND ASKAK MABOUL-16 VISIONS OF EX-FUTUR.  After Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis left Aksak Maboul, many within Belgian music thought that would mark the end of the band. It didn’t though. The Aksak Maboul story was far from over. Instead, the remaining members of Aksak Maboul decided to continue, and record a new …

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION. In a space of thirteen years, Frightened Rabbit have come a long way. Back in 2003, Scott Hutchison dawned the Frightened Rabbit moniker, and started playing  small shows in his home town of Selkirk, in Scotland.  Thirteen years later, and Frightened Rabbit are now signed to a major label, Atlantic Records. It …

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THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION.

THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION. In 2002, Johnny Lynch was a student at the prestigious University of St. Andrews. He was approaching the end of his degree course. Most students would’ve been thinking about the life after University. Not Johnny Lynch.Instead,  Johnny Lynch began performing as The Pictish Trail in 2002. Later that …

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