APARDION: Songs of Aberdeen

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

Listen here or if you feel saucy enough, buy it. Did I mention it can be bought on ‘granite’ grey vinyl? How ridiculously cool.Ap

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