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Out Lines

Indie supergroup Out Lines release a single, ‘Buried Guns’, via Rock Action Records.

Out Lines is a new collaborative project between Kathryn Joseph, the singer-songwriter behind 2015 SAY Award-winning album bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled; James Graham, frontman for Glaswegian indie treasures The Twilight Sad; and Marcus Mackay, critically-acclaimed producer, songwriter and percussionist, and founder of iconic recording studio The Diving Bell Lounge.

Joseph provides piano and harmonium, with Mackay contributing live and programmed percussion as well bass synth with Graham and Joseph taking turns at lead vocals.

The threesome got together following what was originally intended as a one-off performance at Platform in April 2016. The Easterhouse venue regularly hosts events programmed by former Delgado Alun Woodward and it was as part of the Outskirts Festival that Graham and Joseph translated stories heard through their conversations with locals into songs with Mackay, founder of the Diving Bell Lounge studio, steering the live sound.

An album ‘Conflats’ – recorded at Diving Bell, mixed by Tony Doogan at Mogwai’s Castle of Doom, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright – is due out on October 27th, with artwork by Scott Hutchinson out of Frightened Rabbit.

‘Buried Guns’ is taken from the album ‘Conflats’, out 27th October 2017 on Rock Action Records.



Earlier this year the competition for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY Awards). had a fair few great records to choose unfortunately the Twilight Sad record didn’t make the shortlist,  So I began paying much closer attention to those records that did. At first Kathryn Joseph’s album seemed like a pleasant Antony, Coco Rosie or Tori Amos-ish piano record, but then I started reading about it, and every listen became this intense and visceral experience. It’s an understated masterpiece that wears it heart, guts and those of everyone we’ve lost on its sleeve, torso, cheek, lips, hair, and you can probably see the entrails hanging from its belt, dripping blood on its feet. Its pain is vivid and stark, but it probably won’t pierce your skin on first listen.”

Prodigiously talented and criminally underrated; Kathryn Joseph is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. Her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Björk; but she is by no means of an ilk. Better compared with Anthony Heggarty; she is an artist in every way; unique and soulful, and at the core a beautiful unnerving truth.