Into Music Reviews: More Music October 2022
We mentioned last time out that there has been an absolute deluge of great new music recently so here we are, over at Into Creative towers about to tell you about some more. The tunes at the moment really do just get better and better, so read on………
Artist: The Mary Wallopers
Single: Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice Label: BC Records
Think London 1982 when The Pogues burst on to the scene. Think of the 1960s smokey pubs where The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers started. Think of the folk punk of Shane MacGowan & The Popes in the 1990s. Fast forward to 2022 and finally we have the heir apparent in The Mary Wallopers.
The Dundalk trio of brothers Charles and Andrew Henny plus Sean McKenna have been making quite the name for themselves for some time with their infectious folk tunes and riotous gigs. With their self-titled debut album due to land on 13th October, the band have released the single Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice, a track which Scottish musician Hamish Imlach recorded in the 1960s. The Wallopers though make it their own and then some.
The band are due to tour extensively across the UK, Ireland and Europe including dates at Edinburgh Liquid Room (11th December) and Glasgow Garage (18th December) and you can check out the tour dates, album and all thing The Mary Wallopers via their website here.
Artist: Hamish Hawk
Single: Think Of Us Kissing Label: Post Electric
Things just get better and better for the Edinburgh based singer-songwriter. Last album Heavy Elevator is currently in the running for the Scottish Album of the Year Awards (SAY), a recent BBC6 session on the Steve Lamacq show. and a string of sold out gigs across the country has seen Hawk’s star substantially rise. Oh, and there is a new album in Angel Numbers which is set for release on 03rd February 2023.
Thinking Of Us is another belter, Hawk’s style taking elements of Scott Walker and Jarvis Cocker yet still ploughing a direction that is both angular, new and bursting with vitality. Have to say, the band behind the main man are evidently tight with the guitars adding depth to the thumping drums and atmospheric keys and, with Rod Jones of Idlewild on production duties, this really is a fantastically packed anthemic track.
To keep up to date with Hamish Hawk, tour details (dates include Dundee, Glasgow and Aberdeen) and more on the new album, head over to the website here.
Artist: The Filthy Tongues
Single: Hang My Head Label: Last Night From Glasgow
Exciting times in that The Filthy Tongues have a new album (In The Dark Places) on the horizon and if early single Hang My Head is a flavour of what’s to come, we are in for an almighty treat. The album will be released on the Last Night From Glasgow label and is the final part of the trilogy of albums preceded by Jacob’s Ladder and Back To Hell.
Hang My Head sees a typically assured vocal from singer Martin Metcalfe, jangling and jarring guitars and the track is an absolute earworm, classic Filthy Tongues.
If you’ve not happened to encounter The Filthy Tongues before, then trust me, you need to. One of the best and most original bands in Scotland right now, their music is enthralling and their live shows captivating. Go check them out.
To keep up to date with The Filthy Tongues, head to their website here to sign up to their newsletter.
Artist: Addie Brik
Single: Retromingent Label: Itza Music
Originally hailing from Savannah, Georgia, Addie Brik relocated to Scotland in the late 1990s. Coming from a poetic background, Brik was mentored by Allen Ginsberg and John Steinbeck Jr. before embarking on a career in music which has resulted in a number of collaborations and co-writes with artists such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sugarhill Gang and members of Funkadelic.
The single Retromingent is taken from the new album That Dog Don’t Hunt which also sees involvement from Robbie MacIntosh and members of both Deacon Blue and Simple Minds. The track is illuminated by an almost haunting, sparse vocal from Brik, understated yet truly powerful.
The singer said of the track:
Whatever people do or do not do to you along the way, if you can’t let go of that (a total tsunami of utter sh##e), you’ll never get to where you should be going. So, I have a responsibility to think correctly and hold myself to standards, my future, heaven or hell, depends on it. People do what they do and will get their comeuppance. There’s a natural working order here that fulfils itself.
The new album is released 25th November and to find out more, head over to Addie’s website here.
Artist: Terra Kin
Single: Flames Label: Universal Music
Hannah Findlay aka Terra Kin marks her arrival on the scene with the debut single Flames and it’s an achingly beautiful track, the vocal the stand out here against a minimal backdrop. You can actually hear Findlay’s breath, it is that quiet and sensuous, a song that is both mesmeric and enchanting.
Hailing from Glasgow, Terra Kin has hit the ground running with Flames included as a recent BBC Scotland “track of the week”.
Speaking about the track, the singer-songwriter said:
Flames is about facing the blunt reality of having to end a relationship. It’s that very fine line between feeling like the bad guy and allowing yourself to burn away and rise up from the ashes. In a state of self-deprecation but also liberation at the same time. I definitely feel like the villain a lot in my songwriting or at least depict myself in that way…it’s cathartic though. It allows me to accept that I will, and do, make mistakes.
Keep up to date with Terra Kin via her Facebook page here.