Posts Tagged ‘Emma Pollock’

The second Digital single to be released from the much anticipated and final studio album ‘Orkestra Digitalis’ by Future Pilot AKA , the brainchild of bassist Sushil K Dade. ‘The Art of Good Breathing’ features lead vocals by Emma Pollock (Delgados/ Chemikal Underground) and harmonies/backing vocals by Ron Sexsmith. The vocals were recorded in true ‘guerilla’ style in a few hours at a session fuelled by caffeine, at a studio built on the site of the former Headquarters of the Lipton Tea Company in Glasgow’s Southside, on a sound desk built by sonic legend Rupert Neve. Dade’s previous recordings have featured contributions from a range of artists including Philip Glass, Damo Suzuki, Mikey Dread, The Pastels, The Go-Betweens and the new album will feature contributions from Robert Wyatt, Mulatu Astatke, R M Hubbert, Leo Abrahams, Craig Armstrong and this single featuring Emma Pollock/Ron Sexsmith.

The Master tracks from the album were hidden in the elements (shorelines/ hills/ windfarms/ islands and lochs) as part of a #soniktreasurehunt and will all appear on the album ‘Orkestra Digitalis’. The first single was ‘Tutti Shruti’ featuring Robert Wyatt, received support from DJ’s Gideon Coe, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Mary Anne Hobbs, Vic Galloway & Shaun Keavney.

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Emma Pollock has such an assertive voice. She had it during her time in legendary Scottish indie band The Delgados, in her solo work, her time in Canadian/Scottish band The Burns Unit and when she guested on the Dry the River track Roman Candle in 2014.

Here on her first solo release in five years she sounds perhaps even bolder, as she tackles some weighty issues around the death of her mother, illness of her father and memories of her childhood.

Even the title In Search of Harperfield is deeply personal, referring to the name of her parents’ first home together. To be this open about your life and family takes the kind of courage she’s exhibited in her singing throughout her career. But while the deeply personal lyrics are a key strength of In Search of Harperfield it is the music itself that makes this such a fine album.

Parks and Recreation is a superb single, as it looks back to a teenage turf war from 1984 between the young Pollock and her friends with miners’ children who had been given a free holiday at a nearby caravan park.

The production is bold too, full of sweeping strings on tracks such as Cannot Keep a Secret and Don’t Make Me Wait, quirky electronica on Alabaster and the folk of Clemency, where almost, just almost, Pollock turns from indie pop singer to diva.

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It’s hard to fault this album so quite simply I won’t. It sounds great, the lyrics and attention to detail about family life and growing up are superb and the production perfectly shows off her vocals. Already a contender for our end of year best album list

thanks to Neonfiller for the words and  Info.