Review: Erasure Rating 90%

Review: Erasure

Erasure are my brother’s favourite band yet they’ve always been a take it or leave it band for myself. I know so many people consider Vince Clarke a musical genius but I just find the retro-shanty synths out of date with my own, more modern, tastes. Please don’t forget that that’s my opinion and I am mostly always wrong.

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Thomas McConnell: We’d love to come and play during the Edinburgh festival

This February TV ME release their new EP, A Broadcast from TV ME, which the band are presently touring to promote. Having supported Featherwest they performed in the Hug and Pint in Glasgow and the Leith Depot Bar in Edinburgh.
Thomas McConnell from the band spoke with The Fountain about his desire to play during Edinburgh’s Festival month and releasing the EP.

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Review: Fischerspooner – SIR Rating 98%

Review: Fischerspooner – SIR

Bathed as we are in easily digestible content across multiple streaming platforms, it’s easy to forget that some artists work best within entire albums. I’ve found Fischerspooner to be one of these bands. While their hit single Emerge back in 2001 (oh god I’m old) absolutely floored me and introduced me to the world of electroclash, I remember struggling to get much else out of the album #1. Years went by, Odyssey came out, and this time their sound clicked with me. I returned to #1 and found every song was a joy. I guess what I’m saying is Fischerspooner demand multiple listens and their latest album SIR is no different.

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Review: Outlines and Hamish Hawk, Celtic Connections 2018 Rating 68%

Review: Outlines and Hamish Hawk, Celtic Connections 2018

Out Lines, supported by the charismatic Hamish Hawk, took themselves to Glasgow’s stunning venue, St Luke’s, as part of Celtic Connections to highlight what the trio have been working away on. After the release of There Is A Saved Place, and then the acclaimed album Conflats it was a real privilege to witness James Graham, Marcus Mackay and Kathryn Joseph in action, live at this stunning venue, performing renditions of melancholic, soul-searching tracks.

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Review: The One Ensemble & Nerea Bello, Celtic Connections 2018 Rating 95%

Review: The One Ensemble & Nerea Bello, Celtic Connections 2018

Running late to The One Ensemble’s performance for Celtic Connections (due to snow-struck train delays) I realised taxi would be the only way I’d get to The Glad Cafe on time. As fortune had it, my taxi driver was from Rome, so our talk turned to the evocative peals of the differing strains of Italian folk songs from Sardinia, Calabria, Puglia and Sicily, known to modern ears through Alan Lomax and Diego Carpitella’s 1950s field recording trips. Much of this music is dying out, and few seem keen to continue the oral traditions.

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Review: Bright Light Bright Light Rating 88%

Review: Bright Light Bright Light

Having spent the last week listening to space rockers Monster Magnet I had completely forgotten that I had tickets to see both Bright Light Bright Light and Erasure at the Usher Hall on Saturday. I was a little concerned that being in a rock state of mind would in some way dampen my enjoyment of 80s-tinged pop. There was no need to worry.

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HANNIE: We’ve signed up to the Mars mission already

HANNIE, the song-writing duo of multi-instrumentalists Hannah Koppenburg and Annie Wagstaff have released their debut single Cosmic Bound, combining their talents to pair funk-driven guitars and keys with pop melodies.
Annie and Hannah spoke with The Fountain about their plans for touring and single releases later in the year.

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Review: The RSNO at the Movies – The Music of Star Wars Rating 100%

Review: The RSNO at the Movies – The Music of Star Wars

From the first resounding notes, it was obvious that this concert was something special. What better way to experience the famed music from the Star Wars than in the form in which it was created? The RSNO left no note untouched in their astounding performance of these rich suites. I could almost see the opening scene scrolling in front of my eyes as the main theme kicked us off before moving into the hopeful melody of Luke Skywaylker’s theme. The orchestra were impeccably timed; their bows pulsing in perfect rhythm to announce the arrival of the Imperial Star Destroyer. The conductor for this special evening, Richard Kaufman, lead us triumphantly through several of the best-known suites including Yoda’s Theme, March of the Resistance and Anakin’s Theme.

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Georgie: It was a great experience, really loved it

Georgie is not only hitting us with new three track EP, Too Much TV, on 16th February but is also presently touring with Jake Bugg, performing in the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on 20th of the same month.
The soulstress spoke with The Fountain about her busy year, working with Matthew E White and her love of a Glasgow crowds.

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Review: Words and Music by Willy Vlautin, Celtic Connections 2018 Rating 84%

Review: Words and Music by Willy Vlautin, Celtic Connections 2018

One of the first questions faced that evening when I asked if I was in the correct venue for the Celtic Connections Willy Vlautin gig, was, “how do you know him? As a musician or a writer?” In all honesty I was not aware of his music or his work with Richmond Fontaine, and was better aware of film-adapted novels such as The Motel Life. Discussing his new novel, Don’t Skip Out On Me, Willy Vlautin enriched the evening and his audience as a balladeer and storyteller immersing them into his written and musical worlds.

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