Almost Scottish Fiction Volume 4
Posted by Neil Wilson
Continuing our EP series, Almost Scottish Fiction, this month we’ve pushed the musical genres featured out a little bit. There’s some noisy, garage alt-rock courtesy of Wendell Borton, a rather expansive instrumental track from Ubre Blanca, left-field experimental music from Bunny & The Invalid Singers, plus a heartwarming acoustic number from Dec ’91, and two great electronica based songs from Aquafaux and Shona Brown rounding out the collection. A special thanks to the ever dedicated Findlay for another excellent artwork to go along with the EP. It represents the whole thing quite well I think – swirling, a little disorientating, but ultimately aesthetically – or audibly – pleasing!
As always the EP is curated by myself on behalf of Scottish Fiction, and David McElroy from Almost Predictable, Almost and features tracks from our favourite artists. A regular snapshot of Scottish music each month. To grab your copy head along to the Scottish Fiction Bandcamp, or the Almost Predictable, Almost Bandcamp and download for free.
Aquafaux – See The Rain
Edinburgh’s Aquafaux produce driving synthpop and See The Rain, from their recent Spellbound EP is a prime example of that. Combining the band’s trademark electronics with a Garbage-like chorus, See The Rain is a wonderful example of electropop.
Ubre Blanca – Taxed
Every now and again there comes along music that your brain can’t quite immediately process. Ubre Blanca are a band like that – with experimental electronica verging on out-of-this world prog. Taxed is a track from their 2013 release Polygon Mountain, and is a excellent introduction to the band.
Shona Brown – All I Have
Shona Brown‘s ambitious ’10in10’ project which has seen her release a single a month since November 2014 has been one of the most interesting and enjoyable events in Scottish music this year. All I Have perfectly demonstrates all her skills with looped electronics and flute combining to quite wonderful effect.
Bunny & The Invalid Singers – Ask The Man Inside Your Head
Edinburgh based musician/artist Bunny has just released his second album The Invalid Singers and this track is one of the standout tracks on what is a superb album.
Dec ’91 – When You Come
Playing under the pseudonym of Dec ’91, Craig Ferrie uses the simplest of ingredients – a guitar and his voice – to craft encapsulating stories of meloncholia. He’s an artist who has been on our radar for a while, with a series of home releases and more recently hooking up with Gold Mold Records for the album Quebec. The track featured here is a brand new one.
Wendell Borton – Adjusting
Naming your band after an obscure character from The Simpsons is always a winner in my book. Luckily Aberdeen’s Wendell Borton have the music to back it up. Raw, loud and slightly slacker alt-rock. What’s not to love?