Not a lot to be said about this one apart from “it’s Burns Night tonight,” and Camera Obscura are perhaps the most prolific of indie acts doing Burns songs (well, they did a Peel Session with 4 in it… although this was, I’m fairly sure, recorded at some other time).
Anyway, enjoy your (veggie) haggis…
Vested interest alert: two thirds of this trio are from a band I used to manage – well, half-manage. Kev Lynch and Jamie Wishart were in Cruiser, an ever-changing Fife combo who were signed to Some Bizarre (Soft Cell’s label) and I became embroiled in a Faustian pact with showbiz legend Stevo Pearce as the band’s co-manager. The rest is, as they say, history, as are the tunes recorded for the label which never appeared on the legendary imprint.
Anyway, Kevin and Jamie – one half of Cruiser, which is ‘resting’ at present – teamed up with Mark Lange (Tiger, Tiger) for the band’s single from a couple of years ago, ‘A Gentle Press’, which was a Radio One Record of the Week, among other things. The collaboration has kind of grown new legs and got a fresh moniker for this, taken from a forthcoming album on Edinburgh’s KFM label.
Something up-to-date for a wee change – in fact, is this music?’s Album of the Year poll went online a few weeks ago.
The chart-toppers have already been covered as a Song of the Day, so instead, here’s the plucky runners-up, recorded in a shed…
A break from the usual retro stuff – this lot have cropped up on quite a few ‘tip for 2013’ lists, though the album this is from came out fairly late on last year. So this is ‘retro’ as well then – no change there!