Lomond Campbell put together his debut album Black River Promise in the manner of several lonely-eyed young men before him: by decamping to somewhere remote (in this case, an abandoned school in the Scottish Highlands) to be alone with his thoughts and his music. The pop-folk results are deep and remarkable, augmented with a ten-piece string ensemble. Clear LP on Triassic Tusk.
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We've all thought about running away from it all haven't we? About 15 million times this year for me to be precise-ish. Well FOUND frontman the very Scottishly named Lomond Campbell actually did run off from the city and into a dilapidated hut to make this his first solo album.
What resulted is a string-laden thing which swirls like the sky above some bleak forsaken winters day. A moody album of folky songs and Eleanor Rigby-style strings. Campbell's delivery isn't far away from that of fellow Scottish man King Creosote but this is a more highly charged emotional album with an often sinister bent. 'Every Florist In Every Town' sums up what I'm finding affirming about the record. The arrangements are grand and ambitious pulling a lovely descending melody out of it's shell and reminding it what can happen to folky songwriting when an expert arrangement nous is added. In some respects this reminds me in parts of Nick Drake collaboration with Robert Kirkby on 'Five Leaves Left' but the music here has a more uplifting quality. Campbell has not lost all hope and has moments of upbeat clarity especially on 'The Lengths' which recalls fellow Scots Mull Historical Society.
But it's the lush autumnal textures of guitar and strings which hit emotional pay dirt. It has a rain lashed gritty feel that renders it perfect thoughtful music for bad weather.
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