C Duncan – Impossible – Audio

The Scottish alt-rock multi-instrumentalist C Duncan will be releasing the LP Health on the 29th of March.

C Duncan - Photo credit - Jordan Curtis Hughes
C Duncan – Photo credit – Jordan Curtis Hughes

With a step change from previous material, Health, the third album emerges away from a home studio to work with other producers, engineers and musicians, which paradoxically has allowed the LP to explore, to a far greater extent, more personal aspects of life and affords the music a more emotional tie to the audience as the songs contemplate, love, health and sexuality.

The first track to surface from the album, Impossible (released as a stand-alone single yesterday), which is the third of the dozen tracks is a contrast of jaunty, trotting, instrumentation that has a spaghetti western feel laid to a, melancholic, lyrical reflection of a long distance relationship with a former boyfriend.

Impossible – Single – C Duncan is available on iTunes.*

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North Sea Dialect – Dog Violet – Audio

North Sea Dialect is a doomwave project from Scotland.

North Sea Dialect

North Sea Dialect

A little late to this, apologies to everyone, the début LP (available on bandcampLocal Guide was released earlier in the month.

A roughly twenty eight minutes, ten track, album that takes the listener to the dark foreboding gabbro walls of The Cuillins looming overlooking the highland clearances of Allt Coire Lagan as the mystical, forlorn compositions fill the room with their gloomy noises-off.

Dog Violet is the third track.

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when its dark out – letting go is not a weakness – Audio

The Scottish alt-rock project when its dark out was introduced earlier in the year.

when its dark out - letting go is not a weakness

when its dark out

A new track surfaced yesterday which is of very different shading.

The eighty seven seconds of letting go is not a weakness are of a fuzzy guitar instrumental that spins around an axis that minds of the grinding wheels of a heavy freight train slowly gaining traction and velocity – an aural demonstration of Newton’s three laws of motion, if you will.

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Less Than – Selfish Gene – Single Review

Less Than is a Scotland / USA based alt-rock duo.

Less Than

Less Than

Their début single, Selfish Gene, was revealed last week – and what a joy it is to discover.

The grumbling, groaning bass and percussion threaten to cause their own mid-atlantic tsunami as they rumble through the speakers, to be joined by a disarticulated vocal that carries in and out of earshot as though dispersing on the wind while the scissoring guitar snaps through the ears akin to an irritated wasp – all the listener is required to do is turn up the volume and allow the washes of vocal and bustles of instrumentation in Selfish Gene to make their own way around the room.

I am already bemoaning there is only one track – so I am off to play it once again – while looking forward to new songs.

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Kev Howell – Distance – Video

The Scottish alt-rock creator Kev Howell revealed a live stripped back acoustic version of the song Distance a few days ago.

Kev Howell

Kev Howell

More usually found playing fully plugged-in ‘6os and ’70s influenced textured-rock, this acoustic version of the first track of the nine on the début LP Haunting Ambition demonstrates the tender roots from which the fuller sound is created.

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