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Fair Mothers: I’ve enjoyed hearing it screeching quietly out the radio

Of all the formative experiences Stonehaven-based musician Fair Mothers, AKA Kevin Allan, had while growing up, reading The Stranger stands out. “It was Camus that did for me,” he says. “After I finished that book and experiencing insomnia and hallucinations, I reached this total clarity where I knew that I was a separate entity from my body and this immediately blew quite a few fuses in me. I disappeared…and when I came back I knew that everything was connected, was really one thing, but at the same time was nothing and didn’t really exist separate from me. I didn’t know how this could be, or what I was, and above all, how could a boy from Fife possibly have this Zen experience?” With a new single and album out, Kevin spoke with The Fountain about the music in more detail.

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Deer Leader: The Four Deuces is the name of fictional bar in a Tennessee Williams play

Deer Leader is the moniker set up by Stuart McQuarrie, Ross Prentice and Robin Pringle, and currently releasing through Last Night From Glasgow. Having reworked their sound over the last few years with the help of revered producer Andy Miller, the boys have moved away from purely instrumental, strengthening their lyrics. They have just dropped new track Four Deuces, which they spoke with The Fountain about, as well as their plans for 2020.

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Paul Dickson: I plan to get the physical CD out soon

Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter Paul Dickson presents his heartfelt debut album, Belle, named after his wife Tracy and recorded for his daughter Daisy. The twelve tracks of original self-penned material showcase Paul’s flowing finger-style guitar playing alongside contemporary lyrics reflecting on his life in a new town in the west of Scotland. Paul spoke with The Fountain about the album as well his plans for the remainder of the year.

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Jane Blanchard: It’s 1995, sitting in your bedroom, playing over your last diary entry

Gerry Loves Records has released the Still, Again EP by Jane Blanchard, which is available digitally and on limited edition 12” vinyl.They originally intended to release this a little earlier this year with launch shows at Flourish Festival in New Brunswick and the mighty Leith Depot in Edinburgh…..obviously that was not meant to be. With this in mind, Jane spoke with The Fountain about the new EP and her desire to be on a stage gigging.

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Andrew Cushin: It’s a song I’ve had since I was 15 and no matter what the reaction it will always be a special song to me

Twenty-year-old newcomer Andrew Cushin is quickly building a reputation in an old school, word-of-mouth style. A strong following in his hometown of Newcastle saw him sell out The Cluny before officially releasing any music, while his debut single ‘It’s Gonna Get Better’ introduced his talents to a wider audience. He has just recently released new track, Waiting for the Rain, which he spoke with The Fountain about.

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Waiting for Smith: She wanted to use Long Life as an educational tool in her class

Waiting For Smith has just released new track and video, Long Life, a track that narrates the comforting message that everything is going to be ok. Waiting For Smith has garnered extensive radio play from the likes of Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Dermot O’Leary and Jo Whiley on Radio 2, Tom Robinson on 6 Music and Maz Tappuni on Radio X. We thought it was high time we had a chat with the singer Harry Lloyd, discussing the single in more detail.

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Suave Martyrs: Haha well the theme of Straight A’s is fairly obvious to see

Straight A’s is a prelude to the three singles for Suave Martyrs that are coming out later this year. Musically the song takes from UK Hip Hop and Dub as well as indie and funk, with bands such as Mouse Outfit, Fat Freddys Drop, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Streets being referenced. Manchester’s Suave Martyrs spoke with The Fountain about the track in more detail.

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