Monday, 10 August 2015

Almost Scottish Fiction Volume 5

Another month and another six tracks to indulge in courtesy of Scottish Fiction and our good pals Almost Predictable, Almost.  This month we've got the highest of high fashion as evidenced by our brilliant cover art - again provided by Findlay from burnhouse industries.  So dive in and strut your stuff with tracks from Earths, Poor Frisco, The Maybes, Gus Harrower, YuTaNi and Nothing Universe.

Once again the EP is curated by myself on behalf of Scottish Fiction, and David McElroy from Almost Predictable, Almost and features tracks from our favourite artists over the past four weeks.  To grab your copy head along to the Scottish Fiction Bandcamp, or the Almost Predictable, Almost Bandcamp and download for free.

Earths - Kangerlussuaq

Kangerlussuaq  demonstrates a new, previously unseen, side to Earths.  Stripped away from the fuzz and lo-fi elements, we see uplifting guitars, crisp percussion and haunting vocals.

Poor Frisco - What's Left of It

Taken from their forthcoming debut album, What's Left of It  showcases Poor Frisco at their best.  With shades of The Shins and Pixies at play, What's Left of It  is a great track from the East Kilbride five piece.

The Maybes - What You Can Remember

The Maybes are a Glasgow based duo whose recent EP Contra Todos  features this track, What You Can Remember,  which displays their melodic indie pop at its best.

Gus Harrower - Mystery

Mystery  is the lead and title track from the debut EP by Edinburgh's Gus Harrower.  At only 17, Gus is already a talented singer/songwriter who brings to mind the likes of Bon Iver.

YuTaNi - Mt. Minakami

YuTaNi is the solo project of Machines In Heaven's Connor Reid.   His album, At The End Of Day,  is a superb mix of downtempo and ambient elctronica.  Mt Minakami  is the album's centrepiece - a beautiful slice of electropop influenced electronica and one of this year's outstanding tracks.

Nothing Universe - Pyre

With a track taken from the band's live EP recorded at King Tut's, this track showcases the direction that Nothing Universe, previously known as Phases, have been taking with their music.  Layered, dense, and intriguing Pyre  builds things up only to tear it all down in an climatic frenzy.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Dec '91 - Scottish Fiction Session Videos

Playing under the pseudonym of Dec '91, Craig Ferrie uses the simplest of ingredients - a guitar, a keyboard and his voice - to craft encapsulating stories of melancholia.  An artist who it was a delight to welcome along for a Scottish Fiction Session, and who embodies real artistic values.

Below are videos for the tracks I'll Try To Let You Know,  Bad Man,  and Catherine  which were recorded at Pulse 98.4 as part of the band's Scottish Fiction Session.  To hear the full show, including interview, check out the Scottish Fiction Podcast for 30th July 2015.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Scottish Fiction Radio Show - 30th July 2015

There's something pretty special about live music on radio.  It's the aspect of doing this whole Scottish Fiction hoo-la that I enjoy the most.  So it was such a delight to get back to hosting Scottish Fiction Sessions as I welcomed Dec '91 into the studio for a chat and live music.  We spoke about music, travelling, our upcoming Scottish Fiction Presents gig, as well as all sorts of other nonsense.

Making up the rest of the show, there's a new Playlist addition from Tongues, music from Yutani, Turtle, and Holy Esque, and stunning Re-Mixing It Up track from Outblinker via Machines In Heaven. 

Turtle - The Floor
Be Charlotte - Face
Mt. Doubt - Asunder
Dec '91 - I'll Try To Let You Know (Live in Pulse 98.4 Studio)
Shona Brown - All I Have
Akela - Past Sunrise
Dec '91 - Bad Man (Live in Pulse 98.4 Studio)
AROUND THE WORLD - Girlpool - Before The World Was Big
PLAYLIST - CARBS - Life Drawing
PLAYLIST - Tongues - Religion
PLAYLIST - Womps - Live A Little Less
Rachel Sermanni - Everything Is OK
Dec '91 - Catherine (Live in Pulse 98.4 Studio)
Holy Esque - Strange
Damn Teeth - I.D.N.F.I.N.M.
RE-MIXING IT UP - Outblinker - Pink (Machines In Heaven Remix)
Yutani - Mt. Minakami

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

T in the Park Diaries - AmatrArt

It might be nearly all gone and forgotten by two weekends ago over 100 artists, 80,000 people, and our good selves descent upon Strathallan Castle for Scotland's biggest music festival; T in the Park!  Once again we recruited some of the finest talent playing across the T Break stage over the weekend to keep a T in the Park Diary for Scottish Fiction.

On Saturday in the T Break stage the job of opening up fell to Glasgow five piece AmatrArt.  The band grabbed the ear of the judges with their pop laced wavey synths, and we caught up with Josh from the band for their T Diary.

Friday 10th July

Our slot was at 12:10pm on the Saturday morning so if we were leaving from Glasgow that would have meant we’d have to leave ridiculously early.  Luckily enough for us Jonathan's folks live in Comrie - about half an hour from the new site - and there was a few acts we wanted to see on the Friday including Jessie Ware, Hot Chip and The War on Drugs.  So we decided to head up on the Friday stopping off there to drop off all the gear.

We sadly missed Jessie Ware as it took some time for us to work out where we were to go to get our artists accreditation.  The rest of the night was pretty good though.  We left before the headliners to get back to Comrie at a decent time where we sat up and had some beers before heading off in the morning.

Saturday 11th July

As we were the first on, and you were to arrive a few hours before your slot, we arrived super early.  The site looks quite bizarre at this time as there’s hardly anyone about.  A few security folk and stage crew.  It also confirmed that the new site was indeed much smaller which could mostly be considered a good thing except from the occasional crush we experienced.  We had a few hours to kill before we were scheduled to play so there was quite a lot of waiting around which we mostly filled by drinking the free beer!

The stage was very impressive and was by far the biggest we’ve played on.  At a lot of the gigs we play it’s unusual to have more than one monitor mix between the band but here we had a dedicated sound guy who's job it was to control the monitor mix for us as well as the guy who did the sound out front.  That was really sweet and the gig was the best sounding for us yet.

The boys from Catholic Action informed us that a bigger stage suits our sound which was nice of them.  The gig itself was super fun, we were all pretty much smiling the whole way through it and we hope it will be the first of many festival gigs.

After our set we watched Catholic Action and then headed over to the BBC Introducing tent to catch Pinact.  Both bands were really good and it was cool to see lots of folk at each of their gigs.

By this time we were all already pretty shattered so afterwards we sat behind had the BBC Introducing tent had some beers with the bands and chilled.  The weather was still pretty decent at this point so were able to utilise the fancy beach chairs they had outside.

Later on we went to see St Vincent who was very impressive.  Probably the best guitar player in the world just now and the choreographed dance moves were pretty captivating.  The sound was quite muffled though and there was probably less people there than were at her ABC show last year which was a bit of a let down but nothing to do with her actual performance which was probably the highlight of the day (except for playing of course!)

We then went to see Alt-J who sounded great but no one could really consider it a very energetic or exciting live performance.  We finished the night catching Ded Rabbit at T Break who in contrast to Alt-J were very exciting.  It was a really nice end to the weekend.

Then began the epic that was getting out of the car park.  We left before the majority of folk but were stuck in the car park for well over three hours.  It wasn’t until half 3 in the morning that we eventually got moving.  It wasn’t all bad though, we helped push cars through the mud, told ghost stories and had dance offs with fellow festival goers.  We’re looking forward to hopefully making a return at some point in the future!

That's My Jam #72 - dune witch trails - Goldenrod Cigar

The savvy advice to all guitar based bands in Glasgow (or further afield) must be to pop into Green Door studios.  The lauded studios in Glasgow's West End seem to be behind the desk for almost all of the promising sounds being made in the 'guitar-band' circle at the moment, and this track from Dune Witch Trails joins that bunch.

Goldenrod Cigar  sets its stall out with cranked up slack guitars which create the bedrock of the track.  Atop sit passionate laid back vocals, with delightful pop harmonies chiming in amidst neat little Dinosaur Jr. style guitar bursts.  The band release this track on their new tape EP being released via Draper Street Records.  Go buy it. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Scottish Fiction Radio Show - 23rd July 2015

his week's show sees the welcome return of our Cover Lover feature with Robert Smith covering a recently released single from The Twilight Sad.  Oh and there's an interview with James from the band on the show too.  See how everything links together!

Additionally we add a new track from WOMPS to our playlist, plus there's new music from CHVRCHES, Inspector Tapehead, Earths and dune witch trails.

C Duncan - Garden
CHVRCHES - Leave a Trace
Aquafaux - See The Rain
Stillhound - See The Unseen
Inspector Tapehead - Soldier Boy
Apache Sun - The Rain That Never Came
AROUND THE WORLD - Wavves & Cloud Nothings - Come Down
PLAYLIST - Womps - Live A Little Less
PLAYLIST - Pinact - Everybody Says
PLAYLIST - CARBS - Life Drawing
Rob St. John - Young Sun
Earths - Kangerlussuaq
Shambles Miller - Neil's Song
Poor Frisco - Take What You Want
The Deadline Shakes - Phonecalls In the Bath
The Twilight Sad - Sick
T in the Park Interview - The Twilight Sad
COVER LOVER - Robert Smith - There's A Girl In The Corner
dune witch trials - Goldenrod Cigar
ULTRAS - The Path To Getting Paid

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That's My Jam #71 - Tongues - Religion

The solo project of Kill The Waves frontman Tim Kwant, Tongues has had a 100% hit rate with the tracks released online so far.  And with new track Religion  dropping today he makes it three for three.

The lusciousness of the space in the track is the real standout, mixing Jamie xx production vibes with a cathedral chanting and organs; think of Hozier's Take Me To Church  but done well.  Religion  starts off sparse and works its way into a full blown audio masterpiece.  Like a musical paint by numbers, Tongues fills the canvas with bleeps, blips and drums.