Album Review: An Unforgiving Light by Annie Booth

Words: The Captain

Album Cover: Brian Sweeney
Album Cover Text: Colin McArthur

ANNIE BOOTH

 

I’ve been a fan of Annie ever since I saw her back in 2015 at Teviot Underground (Edinburgh), you can see my thoughts on that show here.

But anywaaaaay, we’re here to talk about…. HER TOTALLY AWESOME, SUPER DUPER, AMAZING NEW ALBUM! Sorry, not sorry, about all the caps, that’s what people do when they’re excited yeah?

She’s already had good press galore, check out what some other really excited people had to say:

“One to watch in the Scottish folk scene”  Rave Child

“Her songwriting talents belie her years, part Sandy Denny part Christine McVie – both fragile and commanding at once”Everything Flows

“A talented young lady”Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland

Now to add my own thoughts to the MANY people who have already praised this record.

To put it simply:
It is fabulous!

To put it in more detail:
When I saw Annie back in 2015 she commanded the stage with such grace and this is certainly carried across on record. Annie is so very talented and her voice floats so beautifully through my speakers and fills the room with her wonderful music and voice. Each song on this record captivates me and pulls me in. It’s the kind of music you can imagine selling out huge venues and I know it would sound so amazing.

They say that the people in charge of scouting artists will listen to the first 5-10 seconds of a song and if they like that first 5-10 seconds then you’re in with a good chance. ANY of the 9 songs on this album would lend itself to this process, as each song is so beautifully put together.

I know you’re not supposed to have favourites, it’s not fair on the other songs is it? But, I’m a total sucker for those kinda slow, swaying songs. For me, it’s the final song on this record “The Line” (featuring Mt. Doubt’s Leo Bargery). It is emotional, raw and exquisite.

I URGE you to go and buy this record and play it until your neighbours start to sing along they know the words so well.

CD/Vinyl // iTunes // Spotify 

Find her on Social Media too:

Facebook // Twitter // SoundCloud // YouTube

 

 

E.P Review: DO/RE by Blair Coron

Words: The Captain

Photo: Nicole Stapinski

blair coron pic

This is the debut E.P from Blair Coron and to cut a long story short, it’s bloody brilliant!

I grew up listening to A LOT of classical, jazz and folk music, so this E.P really spoke to me. Every single one of the five tracks is so exquisitely written and performed that it moves me to my very core. I can really feel the music flowing about the room I’m sitting in, bouncing off every object and filling the space with the beautiful sound. I almost feel like I’m in one of those movie scenes, where everything stops and goes into slow motion, then speeds up again and I am the only person there, running through the rain, spinning round and round on the teacups at the funfair or speeding down the motorway laughing.

Perhaps the track that stands out the MOST to me, purely because it differs so much to the others, is Track 4. Simply named “Abstract #32” it is a spoken word piece, with more music in the background. He is so softly spoken and the words seem to pitter patter across the keys with the fingers playing them.

Of course, I am only listening to this music on my very cheap speakers in my home, so I cannot begin to imagine so beautiful this must sound on a proper system or even live! I can really see this music being played in one of those empty/abandoned gasometers. I have heard music in one of those before and the acoustics are amazing.

Not to harp on, but this E.P is so, so, so amazing and beautiful and wonderful. Blair really is a very talented man (not only did he write all the music, but he also recorded it, mixed it, mastered it AND made the artwork). I am very excited to hear what he brings us next! I EMPLORE you to go and listen to his E.P and buy a copy! You will not be disappointed. You can find him on the platforms below.

Facebook // BandCamp