Recent content on Elsewhere by Graham Reid tagged as james yorkston.
The former voice of Scotland's pop hitmakers Fairground Attraction has been a very credible solo act for many years now, but it's a fair bet not too many signed on for her album of songs by the great people's poet Rabbie Burns, wonderful though it was.
This collection of traditional songs rearranged, some adaptations of Burns' poems, and...
I received a preview copy of this wonderful instrumental album almost six months ago and have been waiting ever since to post it. And in that time I kept changing my mind about which track to post: in the end I have just stabbed my finger at the list and gone with that one.
"S'all good", as the hip-hop kids say.
You probably won't hear a quieter, more surreptitiously beguiling album this year than The Year of the Leopard, an exceedingly understated collection by this Scottish alt.folk singer/songwriter who moves in the same circles as Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch and the like. Nick Drake and the Incredible String Band are also reference points.
If there was a band name attached to this rather than Middleton's you'd be talking a Scottish supergroup. The line-up of players includes members of Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian, Reindeer Section and Delgadoes -- and Middleton was in the duo Arab Strap, a band which (like most of those mentioned) never quite gained a decent foothold in New...
This Anglofolk-cum-indie altpop outfit were a previous Elsewhere pick with their beguiling and sometimes baffling Comments of the Inner Chorus.
At time they sound like the Incredible String Band without the fey folksiness, at others like the Beta Band (a good thing) or the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, or evoke hot Hawaiian beaches beside a dark...
Auckland singer-songwriter and sometime member of Don McGlashan's band Matthew Bannister made some of the most charming, slightly unnerving and genuinely lovely music with his Flying Nun bands Sneaky Feelings and Dribbling Darts of Love, and in my opinion never really got his dues.
He thought the same and wrote about his music and life in...
I know nothing of this LA-based Canadian singer-songwriter other than he turned up on that pretty good tribute to the Band, Endless Highway, that came out last year. (He did a fine version of Stage Fright)
But this rollicking, often urgent-sounding acoustic driven folk-rock is an excellent showcase of his many talents, from finger-picking to...
This astringent Scottish singer-songwriter and former Arab Strap member appeared at Elsewhere previously with his excellent album A Brighter Beat, the opening track of which was the brittle but bouncy We're All Going To Die.
That song was released as a UK single before Christmas last year and started at odds of 1000-1 against becoming Radio...
In equal parts drawing from early acoustic Neil Young, ambient Brian Eno and a touch of the Jackson Browne singer-songwriter tradition, this album by the guitarist in Band of Horses (an Elsewhere favourite) redefines understatement.With a small and often barely present band (upright bass, drums, violin, cello, pedal steel etc) he eases his way...
This three-piece from Glasgow have an urgent delivery which puts you in mind of the Waterboys at their best, but of course this is very Scottish. Tossed out with garage band energy and a rare passion, they sound like they could play local halls to mature audiences (the charming Old Old Fashioned) as well as post-punk clubs where a wee bit o'...
This somewhat eccentric Scottish singer-songwriter Middleton is not "an acquired taste" (which has a pejorative meaning) rather a taste that few in this country have acquired: despite being in Arab Strap and widely hailed by UK critics for his solo albums (this is his fifth) he has barely made a ripple outside of Britain --...
At this point in their long and rather marvellous career I'm as sure as the various Tindersticks that they're never going to gatecrash into wider public consciousness, despite hypnotic and melodic music which insinuates into your consciousness rather than announces itself loudly.
The previous album The Hungry Saw was an absolute, if slightly...
Scotland's Orange Juice fronted by
singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins only had one persuasive album (You
Can't Hide Your Love Forever in '82) and one UK hit (Rip It Up
from the album of the same name, also in '82) but their arch, often
ironic and non-threatening pop has recently occasioned a 6CD/DVD collection, a
reflection of the high regard...
For his first album of originals in
five years – the follow-up to his gripping Ghost Repeater –
this beardy and rustic Americana singer/songwriter ups the stakes as
his strong, dark brown and assured voice takes on life, loss and love
in iron-hard images which bring to mind Leonard Cohen (“strange
birds on the fence line,...
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