Category Archives: Reviews (Albums)

Album Review: Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat

This review originally ran in The List Magazine… Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat The Most Important Place In The World Chemikal Underground (Four Stars) There’s a lot to be said for the joys of winking. But it can also result … Continue reading

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The 2014 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award

The public vote for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award shortlist is now open – it closes at midnight on Wednesday May 28.  Here’s a guide to this year’s longlisted albums, which originally ran in The Herald Newspaper … Continue reading

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Interview: Chvrches

This article originally ran in The Herald Newspaper (Scotland) on 18 December, 2013. What a difference a “V” makes. Last year, a covert Glasgow trio called Churches released a thrilling synth-dirge, Lies. It sounded like Robyn, Tubeway Army and Erasure’s … Continue reading

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Interview: Sparrow and the Workshop

This article originally appeared in The Herald newspaper (Scotland) on May 2, 2013. There are myriad striking lyrics in the new record from Glasgow blues-punk heartbreakers Sparrow and the Workshop. “If I had a dime for every time you lied,” … Continue reading

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The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2013

The 20-strong long-list for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is announced this morning, and it looks bloody magic. I’ve written about it and spoken to some of the nominated artists for today’s Herald newspaper. I’ve also … Continue reading

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From The Archives: Randolph’s Leap Interview

This article originally ran in The Herald Newspaper (Scotland) on June 12, 2012, under the heading: A GIANT LEAP INTO THE UNKNOWN According to legend, Randolph’s Leap is a Highland locale that serves as a veil between the physical and … Continue reading

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Interview: Deacon Blue

This article appeared in The Herald Newspaper (Scotland) on September 19, 2012 under the headline, LOVE AND LONGING.  You would not wish rain upon the city. And yet, it seems wrong to meet Deacon Blue in Glasgow under a sunlit … Continue reading

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Interview: Karine Polwart

This article originally appeared in The Herald Newspaper (Scotland) on August 7, 2012 under the heading QUIET ELEGIES OF LOVE, LOSS AND LONGING… Perhaps you’ve heard Karine Polwart’s stunning protest psalm, Cover Your Eyes, on the radio. It’s the one … Continue reading

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Interview: James Yorkston

This feature originally ran in The Herald Newspaper (Scotland) on Thursday August 2, 2012, under the heading THE CAT IN THE HAT. There’s a lovely line in James Yorkston’s Woozy with Cider, a lucid 2006 post-party psalm. “The world is not exactly … Continue reading

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Interview: Meursault

This feature originally appeared in The Herald Newspaper (Scotland) on Thursday July 5th, 2012. We have basketball to thank for Edinburgh alt-rock heartbreakers Meursault. “I was into basketball, and only into basketball, until I was 21,” says singer-songwriter Neil Pennycook. … Continue reading

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