One of 2008’s sleeper hits was the debut album from Edinburgh’s Meursault, released on the label offshoot of popular blog Song By Toad it was a flagship representation of the city’s burgeoning diy scene. Particularly given it’s very limited initial release the bands distinctive mixture of lo-fi acoustics, noisy electronics and heart wrenching vocals caused quite a stir,...
Pulled Apart By Horses - Pulled Apart By Horses
Pulled Apart By Horses’ rise to relative prominence is predicated largely on their reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts around. Sure they’ve had a few single releases but their chaotic live shows over the last few years (supporting the likes of Biffy Clyro, The Bronx and Rolo Tomassi) are what’s put them in a position where their debut album is now rather hotly...
Cats and Cats and Cats - If I'd Had An Atlas
Cats and Cats and Cats have released a multitude of EP’s, singles and splits in the years leading up to this, their debut album. Whilst this is undoubtedly good practice, many a promising artist has floundered hopelessly when it comes to the debut long player, finding themselves unable to maintain enough flair or variation in sound over the course of more than five or six tracks. There is...
French Wives - Me Vs Me
There is a veritable shit load of quality bands coming out of Scotland at the moment, so much so that trying to keep track of them can become an arduous task at times. Whilst many of them are worthy of attention there are a few bands whose name is being mentioned so incessantly that you know, to stand out in such a crowded and talented scene, must be a little bit special. French Wives are one of...
Glissando - The Long Lost/Of Silence
Leeds duo Glissando gathered quite a few admirers with their debut album With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea, a collection of wonderfully understated ambient ballads released on Gizeh Records in 2008. With a slew of stop gap releases in the interim though, most recently a free download EP of a mesmerising live performance at London’s Union Chapel, they’ve ensured...
The Kays Lavelle - Be Still This Gentle Morning
Be Still This Gentle Morning is a title which instantly conjures up a sense of calm, a feeling of idyllic stillness whereby the tiniest movements and gestures become significant. It is a very apt title for the debut album by Edinburgh’s The Kays Lavelle, a record which is both fragile and yet firm. It’s not one which will immediately reveal it’s charms, you’ll have to...