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Adam Stafford
Fire Behind The Curtain

Toad Records front this new record from the impressive Adam Stafford. Stafford claims influence from American minimalist composers as well as the likes of Meredith Monk and Michael Gordon for Fire Behind The Curtain. They come through on expertly crafted numbers such as...view item »

Siobhan Wilson
There Are No Saints

A Scottish singer-songwriter with some seriously gallic leanings, Siobhan Wilson has been honing her style for some time now. This is her second album and is a collection of eloquent and brave songs that deal with issues such as heartache and religious faith. Vulnerable and beautiful this is the sound of Wilson expanding her hor...view item »

Zed Penguin
A Ghost, A Beast

Debut LP from Edinburgh-based group Zed Penguin. Australian founder of the band Matthew Winter has been on the Edinburgh gig scene a while, but was knocked back after injuries from an attack. The strength and resilience of the recovery process is evident on A Ghost, A Beast, an emotional effort shot through with...view item »


Song, By Toad Split 12” V3

Independent Edinburgh label Song, By Toad’s latest vinyl release is a split featuring various artists alongside West Yorkshire’s very own David Thomas Broughton. Recorded at last year’s Insider Festival in Aviemore, the split features a diverse mix of talented musicians from the indi...view item »

Lush Purr
Cuckoo Waltz

If you, like me, were devastated when the Yawns split up then the related Lush Purr offer some hope for a better future. They make dreamy lo-fi pop that has an off kilter feel about it with nods to Cowtown, Bis and Urusei Yatsura. Why does so much good musi...view item »

Passion Pusher
Aquarium

Yay! Full on Beat Happening distorted lo-fi pop fun from this Edinburgh based sludge purveyor. What a bloody racket. He hollers through a distorted mic above the sort of two chord thrash made acceptable by Jonathan Richman and later fashioned into indie-pop by Scotland's own the Pastels. A ...view item »

Viking Moses / Sam Goodwill
Clown School / Oxygen

Two inventive songwriters share wax on this here split 7” single, recorded in Edinburgh last summer. Apart from their inquisitive approach to songcraft, the through-line connecting Viking Moses’ Clown School and Sam Goodwill’s Oxygen is folk artist Ceylan Hay,...view item »

The Kitchen Cynics / Micha P. Hinson / Tissø Lake / Willard Grant Conspiracy
Split 12" Vol. 6

Four-way split 12” of American and Scottish artists. This transatlantic partnership, recorded in Edinburgh brings out the best in everybody involved: Micah P. Hinson and Willard Grant Conspiracy’s deep Americana highlights certain qualities in Tissø Lake and The Kitche...view item »

Modern Studies
Swell to Great

Modern Studies take a while to get going but that is the folk tradition. We must be patient and not rush them. These people have cellos to tune. It takes ages.  Opener 'Supercool' is based around a circling revolving type 'riff' made out of wheezed harmonium and some churning cellos. The track builds in intensity but even at it's pe...view item »

DTHPDL
The Future

DTHPDL is Alastair J. Chivers doing his own thing, indulging his fondness for dark, hazy synth-pop vibes. The Future, which also features assistance from Humdrum Jetset and D. McDonald, is an atmospheric bundle of songcraft and no mistake. It is released as a cassette o...view item »

Jesus H Foxx
Endless Knocking

Jesus H. Foxx are a Scottish seven-piece who include three guitarists and a cornet/glockenspiel player within their ranks. This long-player here came together “almost immediately” over the course of two and a half years, apparently...view item »

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