It’s remarkable to see the many incarnations of those from the Scottish music scene, particularly when it comes to its folktronica landscape, as we witness many in the industry form bands, change names, become solo artists and create pseudos. On Wednesday night at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint, I was invited along to witness Edinburgh band, Found’s Ziggy Campbell perform as Lomond Campbell, and King Creosote, perhaps not inconspicuously, as Kwaing Creasite, “King Creosote with an eye patch,” and his more electronic nom de plume.
With a late beginning, it was inevitably not going to be an early finisher and the night had an authentically disorganised, and grassroots portfolio of great talent. Kwaing Creasite and Captain Geeko entertained the half-full venue prior to Lomond, or Ziggy, with their immense amount of technology and home grown electronic, almost bedroom project. However, certainly not without the varied and incredible range of vocals on Kenny Anderson.
An evening of music hosted, promoted and organised by Triassic Tusk, so-called after a line in a poem by Neu Reekie’s Michael Pedersen there is an experimental, improvised feel to this evening. Releasing the debut solo LP from Lomond Campbell, Black River Promise, they do more than events and certainly provide the opportunity for Campbell to enable the sales of this LP, with a notable collaboration of The Lengths with Kenny Anderson as King Creosote.
Initially asked by Campbell to “throw together a few chord swells”, Pete Harvey, cellist and arranger, found himself writing evocative, amplified arrangements that came to span the breadth of the album. During this performance Harvey’s complex string compositions mesh beautifully with Campbell’s Takoma Records inspired cyclical guitar depicting an impressionistic highland eerie atmos. However, there is something missing in this performance that I cannot quite pin point.
With his musical abilities deeply entrenched with pop melodies as we have seen whilst he was with band Found, this far-removed transformation and new alias is perhaps not quite anticipated unless aware of his bio. Having scuppered from his city life to the Highlands, there is an element of the stripped down to his new sound. Vocally strong, as we have come to expect, with some rather sharp and poetic lyrics, Ziggy or Lomond has hit onto something, and Harvey’s cello enhances that, but the structure (which may perhaps mimic more of the city life) seems absent.
Even Kenny Anderson and Andy Robertson’s folktronic noise is not quite there, with more of a penchant for gadgets and technology to witness. However, this may too evoke more of the rural life, with a suggested insular reclusiveness, and an infinite amount of experimental noise to make for an unforeseen bizarre gig.
Black River Promise is released on 25 Nov via Triassic Tusk
For more on Lomond Campbell do check out his Facebook page.
All photos by Nigel Deayton of Paisley Photoshop.