ADMIRAL FALLOW+ C DUNCAN + OH! STOCKHOLM

Formed in 2007 by a group of Glasgow-based music student mates (Louis and Phil from Edinburgh; bassist Joe Rattray from Dundee; singer, flautist and keyboardist Sarah Hayes from Northumberland; clarinettist and keyboardist Kevin Brolly the only genuine Glaswegian) Admiral Fallow released their adored debut album, Boots Met My Face, in 2011 and its widely-acclaimed successor Tree Bursts In Snow the following year.

Admiral Fallow, a band once categorised as indie-folk (or nu-folk or folk-rock) are back after 3 years with their new album, Tiny Rewards, released on Nettwerk on 25 May.

Tiny Rewards, an album created largely on keyboards, on which acoustic instruments remain but are often unrecognisable, on which space matters as much as sound and with textures as rich as the melodies are moving. Key to that shift in sound was starting the album instrumentally as a five-piece, rather than coming together to work on songs already roughly written by front-man and lyricist Louis Abbott.

“On our first two albums, I wrote whole songs or sections of songs and we arranged them as a band,” explains Louis. “This time we did the exact opposite. Fragments of music came first, whether a piano part or drum beat or just a certain sound or atmosphere. Taking time off to kick ideas about was crucial. Because there was no framework and no lyrics, we could all pile in and be more experimental.” See the results at the show.

Admiral Fallow Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘Evangeline’ below:


Plus support from C DUNCAN

Glasgow’s C Duncan, born 1989, is the son of two classical musicians. Surrounded by music throughout his childhood, Christopher initially took up piano and viola. His teens led him to school bands – learning to play guitar, bass and drums – but did little to quell his fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. He eventually enrolled in Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) to study music composition, where his pieces were performed by various ensembles across the UK.

To hear C Duncan’s music now is to grasp those two common threads between his interests in classical and modern music. The pieces that make up his forthcoming debut LP are formed from lush choral harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, textured like contemporary dreampop and all recorded at home in Glasgow on his bedroom studio setup, gradually built up one layer and one instrument at a time. The results of this methodical and isolationist recording process give us charming lo-fi folk with the harmonic width of choral composition, the sweetness of barbershop and the rough eloquence that has so readily soundtracked Glasgow over the past decades.

C Duncan Links: Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Listen to ‘Garden’ below:


Plus opening support from OH! STOCKHOLM

Oh Stockholm! are a three piece hailing from Birmingham, who craft their own brand of indie-folk. Following the release of their debut album All That’s To Come at the tail end of 2013 and live outings alongside the likes of Sweet Baboo, Paper Aeroplanes and Lanterns On Lake – they built a strong reputation alongside their Midland folk contemporaries. But 2014 saw a steady evolution of their style, exploring grittier and bolder sounds whilst still retaining strong song-writing and simple melodies at heart. Having spent the early parts of 2015 recording Oh Stockholm! are keen to share the results of their labours.

Oh! Stockholm Links: Facebook | Bandcamp

 

 

Listen to ‘Sometimes I Forget’ below: