Album Review: Best Girl Athlete

Words: The Captain

Photo: George Mackie

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Following her debut album, “Carve Every Word” in 2015, Katie Buchan – aka Best Girl Athlete – has returned with her brand new album, the self-titled Best Girl Athlete, which she wrote prior to turning 18 with her father Charley.

Katie has already done a lot in her young years. Check it out!

She has:
– Toured Europe AND the U.S
– Released an album that was nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award.
– Carve Every Word was named the second best Scottish album of 2015 by Ravechild and received acclaim from people like The Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, Folk Radio, Artrocker, The Sunday Herald and BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Roddy Hart.

“…groove-riddled folk-pop…” – The Line of Best Fit

“… assured artistry…” – Clash

“…pretty amazing…” – Folk Radio

I was lucky enough to listen to this on vinyl as well as Spotify.
Big thanks to Charley for sending me the vinyl in the post and my mum for letting me use her record player!

The best thing about this album is that every song is different. You never know what to expect as each track ends and the next starts, it’s amazing! One song you have strings and eloquent vocals, the next you’re pleasantly surprised with some rap, then suddenly you feel like you’re at an accomplished pianist’s concert.

Katie is definitely an accomplished musician, her voice is strong and powerful and you feel as if she is singing directly to you. As each song is so different, it almost feels like both you, and your best mate who is TOTALLY different to you, could both identify with the music & lyrics on the album.
Each song can stand on its own, following the idea that these days it seems that most people like to consume music through individual songs and not whole albums.

Her music is different, it’s original and it’s certainly something for those with a very wide music taste, it’s definitely something you could play to your gran without worrying.

Having to pick a favourite is always so hard! In this case, I say… BUGGER THAT! I’m not picking a favourite, the entire album is my favourite!

The album is out NOW via Fitlike Records. It’s available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.

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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

 

 

Single Review: Space Junk by L-Space

Words: The Captain

Photo: Gail Watt (The Woozle)

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I first saw L-Space as a support for Eyre Llew back in March and I really liked them, so when I was approached by the band to review their new single, I was rather elated.

As I said when I reviewed them live: “Think if Doctor Who and Red Dwarf got together and made a band, this would be it”. I still stand by that statement. It helps that I am an avid Doctor Who fan and also think Red Dwarf is pretty cool (I’m gonna eat you little fishy, I’m gonna eat you little fissssssssh!).

Judging by the name of this track, the other tracks I’ve heard and their stage talk, they LOVE space and this certainly comes across in this track. “Space Junk” is all kinds of weird and wonderful, with the emphasis on the latter. When I listen to it, I feel like I’m floating about in some kind of disco bubble in space and I’m having a party with other people who bounce by in their own disco bubbles and everyone is having a great time.

The synths emanating from my speakers (alongside the sweet, yet ever so slightly and nicely distorted vocals) make my room feel like that bubble I mentioned just before. This track is super cool and I urge you to listen to it, along with their other stuff. If you like what you hear, or think “that sounds so utterly amazingly cool I have to hear it on stage NOWWWWW!”, then you don’t have to wait too long! Here is a list of their next few dates, they’re going to be very busy!

  • The Flying Duck, Glasgow – 27th July,
  • MugStock,  Mugdock Country Park – 29th July (Chameleon Stage @ 13:40 & Oxjam Stage @ 15:15)
  • Merchant City Festival @ Tron Theatre, Glasgow – 30th July (with Fox Star Records) 
  • Opium, Edinburgh – 13th of August. 

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E.P Review: DO/RE by Blair Coron

Words: The Captain

Photo: Nicole Stapinski

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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.

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Single Review: The Girl From Dundee by Amy Lou

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(Photo Credit: Hannah Findlay)

The new single from Amy Lou is simply fabulous! Amy’s vocals are soft and sweet, layered over beautiful flowing music, and what sounds like a Glockenspiel which is super awesome. Amy reminds me a bit of Lucy Spraggan with this single, armed with her acoustic guitar and a set of clever, charming lyrics. The song is perfect to sit down and listen to on repeat. I’ve been humming this song for days on end now, apologies to everyone on my floor, you know you love it!

The Girl From Dundee is out TODAY! Happy December! 🎄🎄🎄

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You can listen to/buy the single here:

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E.P Review: The Quiet Terror of Being Alive by Our Smallest Adventures

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Our Smallest Adventures are a Post-Rock band from Kirkcaldy. This is their second E.P.

First things first, I love and I mean LOVE instrumental music. When I was asked to review this E.P and I first listened to it, I immediately fell in love. The reason for this is that it’s so much easier to feel the music when no-one is singing over the top, trying to put their picture into your mind. With instrumental music, YOU are the writer for the story, no-one can tell you “that’s not what they want to convey” because you interpret it however you wish. The music from OSA makes you feel. It makes you close your eyes and feel the music surround you. With heavy guitars and bass, drums that sound like the waves are crashing in a storm (that’s good by the way) vs. the beautiful cello and piano layered over the top you can’t help but feel you are part of the music.

With instrumental music, it’s often quite hard to make sure that every song doesn’t sound exactly the same. OSA don’t have this problem, every single song on this E.P has its own image in my mind. Portrays and means something different.The audible range on these songs is so different, sometimes so loud that my windows rattle (sorry people who live on my floor) and sometimes are so quiet, I have to turn my speakers up even louder. This is, in my opinion, perfect/smashing/hell yeah amazing.

It’s incredibly hard to pick a favourite from the 5 tracks on the E.P, so I’m just going to say ALL OF THEM! Simply because every single song is beautiful, amazing  and mind-blowing. Check them out on the sites below and listen to this E.P, it’ll be the best thing you do today, believe me.