DR!FTWOOD: The crux of the song comes from that first moment you meet someone

The three slightly maniacal but lovable lads who make up DR!FTWOOD, Hugh Aitchison, Nathan Walker and Marcus Maddox are back with another in their ever growing armoury of songs. IN2U may highlight their collective lack of spelling ability but that aside the track is an anthem, laden with more hooks than a trawler and a reason for The Fountain to catch up with the three lads to discuss their music in more depth.

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Keir Gibson: Hollow is about me finally building the courage to leave a controlling relationship

Hollow, the second single from Fort William based singer-songwriter, Keir Gibson, is coming from a very different place to his brilliantly received debut Eyes Wide. Where the latter showed vulnerability, Hollow demonstrates self-awareness and optimism crafted into a cathartic pop soundscape. With news of his single release and performing at Edinburgh Hogmanay, The Fountain caught up with Keir to dicuss his plans.

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Review: Richard Dawson Rating 100%

Review: Richard Dawson

The singer raises a cup of tea to his lips: ‘Go the extra mile, with chamomile…that wasn’t very funny was it?!’ Richard Dawson is taking care of his voice – which is just as well, given the melodic acrobatics it will be called upon to deliver tonight, in a genuinely life-affirming 90 odd minutes of music and chat.

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Paul Vickers and the Leg: We are always seen as been a fairly out-there experience

At the core of the The Leg’s musical boot-room are the long-term trio of mercurial vocalist and driving force Dan Mutch; cellist, producer and one-man scratch orchestra Pete Harvey; and percussive polymath Alun Scurlock (formerly Alun Thomas). The three have played together for the best part of twenty years, recently augmenting with guitarist and pedal doctor James Metcalfe and returning compadre John Mackie on bass, the swelling ranks making for a sound more fulsome and addictive than ever before. Paul Vickers joined The Leg, adding Peel sessions of experience to the band, and the band have just released their new album. The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss the album in more depth.

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Rura: From what we know it’s a massive event to celebrate the life of Robert Burns

The world’s biggest contemporary Burns celebration, Big Burns Supper, kicks off on 23 January 2020 in its home of Dumfries for its 9th edition. The festival will run across 11 jam-packed days, from 23 January to 2 February, with world class musicians and performers raising a wee dram to Scotland’s national bard, in the town he called home. This includes fourpiece Rura, who are heralded as one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene. Rura spoke with The Fountain about their plans for the Big Burns Supper.

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Lazybones: We’ve had some amazing radio support

Brighton up-comers Lazybones have just released their latest music video for Trash Talk, their single out on SaySomething Records. Recorded by Ben Hampson of Agricultural Audio (Noel Gallagher, Bloc Party), Trash Talk is about “that moment when you know you’re about to say something you’ll regret, when you’re right on the edge and you just can’t stop it,” vocalist Candi Underwood explains. We’ve all done it. The band spoke with The Fountain about the single in more depth as well as their plans for 2020.

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AKA Lonely Boy: I can’t wait for everyone to hear the album next year

Songwriter musician and producer AKA Lonely Boy locked himself away alone in his studio for most of 2018 to write and record what would become his first album 21st Century Loneliness, which is released next year. A focused commentary on today’s society and the human condition in the modern world set to the backdrop of driving beats, soaring melodies and anthemic choruses. AKA Lonely Boy has just released Repetition from the album we shall see next so The Fountain caught up with him to discuss the release in more depth.

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Review: Bjork Rating 98%

Review: Bjork

A much anticipated event in the gig calendar, Björk returned to Scotland for the first time in twelve years, playing the cavernous SSE Hydro. Her two-hour Cornucopia show is an immersive theatrical production based around her last album, Utopia; it’s her best album in years in my opinion, but its very particular and all-enveloping sound-world has apparently been a little too dense for some fans to penetrate – no worry, Björk is here to pull us in by our ears and eyes with her most ambitious stage show to date. For early arrivals, the auditorium is filled with the relaxing jungle insect and bird sounds that proliferate through the album, before the concert begins with the 17-strong Hamrahlíð Choir from Iceland, led by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir, its conductor for some fifty years. Amongst other things, they perform a deeply-moving Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu, a traditional song which Björk herself recorded with the late Hector Zazou, and may well have learnt whilst a member of the same choir. Their set is dramatic, emotive and fun, and establishes a feeling of community and warmth, no small feat in such a large space.

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Fever Joy: The songs examine the trials and tribulations that went on during the formation of this band

Regularly found singing into a tape recorder from the age of three, singer/songwriter Avery Robitaille grew up in the jungles of Indonesia as a missionary kid. Isolated from western and pop culture she spent most of her time writing lyrics and journaling about her dreams of touring the world. At the age of 18, Robitaille made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue that dream. While performing at an open mic night, Robitaille met Sean Baker and the two quickly realised their aligned visions and ability to translate each other’s experiences into music. The duo known as Fever Joy have just released their new EP, Reflections and spoke with The Fountain about the release in more depth.

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Ann Christine: The inspiration to Hocus Pocus came from dating stories in a bigger city

Danish electro-pop artist, Ann Christine has just dropped new single, Hocus Pocus. Born and raised on the countryside of Denmark, Ann Christine is a 26-year old singer and songwriter who has been based in Berlin for the past five years. Growing up with a father who worked as a producer and guitar player in the Danish pop-music scene Ann Christine has had music as part of her upbringing from a very early age. The Fountain caught up with her to discuss the new single and her further plans.

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