‘In Your Head’ is from the forthcoming new, self-titled Best Girl Athlete album. It’s a jaunty number written about the time Katie found beasties in her hair and I kept shouting ‘They are in your head Katie’ at her. Luckily, I still had my industrial hair clippers from my army days and put the wee flaichs to the sword. Katie was grateful but wondered how she’d pull off her Bowie, Goblin King outfit for the annual Gallowgate Labyrinth Festival with a shorn head. As luck would have it, The Haggis Horns were lodging on my balcony at the time and saved the day by pulling out this massive bouffant, Tina Turner wig. You should have seen Katie’s face! As a token of my gratitude, I let The Haggis Horns add some of their magic brass dust on the ‘In Your Head’ session. I hope it gives them the break they deserve. Those boys are the hardest working tooters on the Gallowgate. The Revue in Canada have kindly been streaming the track on their site and you can check it out here my lovelies.
This has got to be my favourite release ever. EVER! A wee while back, a liquid meeting with KITCHEN CYNICS aka Alan Davidson and Graeme from Interesting Music Promotions resulted in the idea of commissioning a Kitchen Cynics album that reflected the history of Aberdeen City. If anyone involved in music in the city could do this justice, Kitchen Cynics could. Alan is someone I admire and respect enormously and I was so thrilled when he first sent on the finished tracks, they drew me in immediately. The songs are so well written and the narrative within each track paints a vivid picture. Highly respected Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts offers a succinct and deserved summary of this wonderful collection of musical tales below:
Alan Davidson (aka Kitchen Cynics) surely seals his laureateship of the city of Aberdeen with the release of his new album Apardion, a loving homage to the city which made him. Taking its title from the old Norse name for the settlement at the mouth of the Don, Apardion offers a series of song-form episodes from the history of the sophisticated city of glittering granite – a turbulent and eventful history indeed. Listeners are led from the times of the early hunter-gatherers, through a mediaeval turmoil of fire, plague, skirmish and diablerie, to the contemporary glory of that much-loved Victorian thoroughfare, Union Street, all in inimitable Kitchen Cynics style. Apardion is a successful blend of the aesthetically appealing and the informative – edutainment, if you will – its gothic psych-folk arrangements framing oft-sombre narratives leavened by Alan’s dry and earthy Doric wit. Highly recommended for all music lovers, Aberdonian or otherwise! – Alasdair Roberts
It’s been a while since the last Best Girl Athlete album, but the wait is finally over for new material. First up is a track recorded for the U.S. Burst & Bloom Record label’s 50th release. Frayed is a devastatingly emotive and beautiful number written by Guy Capecelatero III that will make your heart break. Listen here.
The new album is also finished and we are about to start the campaign and will be showcasing some album tracks very soon with a release date slated for 2nd October. Katie’s song-writing has definitely come to the fore, with the album reflecting a more mature and driven sound. With numerous performance contributions including Iona Fyfe, Rick Redbeard, Jackill and The Haggis Horns, people may be surprised at the direction. What’s the point in putting out another album that sounds the same, eh? Keep your lugs open for more news.
‘The Way Which Can Be Named Is Not The Nameless Way’ is what it’s called. Get to know it. Those of you who are familiar with Tryptamines will know the classical inspired playing of Chemical Callum and the tripped-out beats of Tom the Noisemonger is unique and beautiful in such an original and often unsettling way that leaves an air of mystery and intrigue around the outfit. Settle down, switch off and tune in to the Tryptamines Experience. Album available here – https://fitlikerecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-way-which-can-be-named-is-not-the-nameless-way and you can catch a live performance of the release in its entirety here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFeavIReFZQ today! (20/04/17)
Such a wonderful array of North-East Scottish musician’s are rarely seen on the same stage but Old Roots, New Shoots is just that, performing both re-imagined traditional songs and original material, with Old Blind Dogs as house band. Other featured acts range from Rick Redbeard, solo alter ego of Phantom Band frontman Rick Anthony, to teenage bothy balladeer Iona Fyfe; folkloric singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon to indie-folk starlet Best Girl Athlete and hip-hop artist Jackill. Having seen the show as part of Celtic Connections last week at The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, I can vouch for it being an incredibly unique and special performance and one I would highly recommend you see on 12th February at Aberdeen Lemon Tree. Tickets are available here, you will not be disappointed.
Really pleased to share the latest work from Jenny Sturgeon. ‘The Wren And The Salt Air’ – a beautiful collection of songs and tunes for St Kilda, will be released on 17th February and celebrates 30 years of St Kilda’s World Heritage Site status for nature. The music was written by Jenny during a visit to St Kilda during a visit to St Kilda in September 2016 and features field recordings of island birds including the distinctive St Kilda Wren singing on a chimney stack on one of the abandoned houses as well as Leach’s Petrel and Black-Legged Kittiwake. You can check out a couple of the tracks and pre-order the EP here.
This is brilliant, just brilliant. I don’t know what else to say. Such an emotive, personal and accomplished piece from Callum Peterkin (Chemical Callum) where he really lays bare his musical soul. I know how hard Callum has been working on his music and art and things are surely beginning to bear fruit. Straight off the back of the international award winning Metropolis EP and with several solo albums recorded and waiting in the wings, this is a slight departure from Metropolis with a more ambient and piano-based affair that weaves a dream-laden landscape of fond memories and new friendships. As Callum is often heard to say, ‘there are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met yet’. Do yourself a favour and become a friend. The Emotive Underground EP is available here on all digital platforms along with CDs which contain an insert with some of Callum’s original Doric poetry.