We are throwing an end of year party featuring two of the labels’ newly signed bands: psychedelic pop quintet Pictish Trail from the Isle of Eigg and Swedish indie /garage rockers Hater!
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“Mysterious, cinematic, pop melancholia” The Guardian
Throughout his career Pictish Trail – aka Johnny Lynch – has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records) while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth.
Something of a sonic hermit, Pictish Trail has spent large parts of the past few years tucked away in his caravan on the Hebridean isle of Eigg, feverishly working on the follow up to Secret Soundz Vol. 1&2, his critically-acclaimed double album of DIY electronic folk-tinged croft pop, released in 2014. Future Echoes is the mesmerising result. Written in remote seclusion but recorded in the bustling heart of London, it reunites Pictish Trail with Adem Ilhan, who produces the majority of the record. Johnny and Adem previously wrote music together in 2010 under the name Silver Columns, releasing the hugely well received album Yes And Dance via London taste-makers Moshi Moshi. Future Echoes features additional production and mixing from Rob Jones (Sweet Baboo, Slow Club) and drumming from Alex Thomas (Fridge, Squarepusher, Air, Bat For Lashes) and was mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering.
A very personal musing on mortality, the death of friendships and the finality of things, Future Echoes represents the most confident, cohesive and pop-savvy collection of music Pictish Trail has written to date. The album’s opener and first single ‘Far Gone (Don’t Leave)’ takes its cues both musically and thematically from the Coen brothers’ Fargo, adding a tongue-in-cheek hip-hop beat, raspy Casio keyboard bassline and echo-slathered vocal over the top of a queasy sample based on that film’s theme tune. ‘Dead Connection’ is a dizzying and very danceable dispatch of ghostly electro all about attempted discourse with the dead and accepting that what is gone is gone. ‘Half-Life’ slows things down at the album’s half way stage for a by-turns shuddering and twinkling take on decaying and yet somehow still interminable relationships, while closer ‘After-Life’ is a twisted polyrhythmic psychedelic disco opus, with a chorus sung in a Jimmy Somerville-worthy falsetto, reflecting on reincarnation and life lived on repeat. Which is exactly what you’ll be putting Future Echoes on by the time you get that far.
Now, in 2017 amongst an extensive UK tour, Pictish Trail signs to Fire Records. More news to be announced very soon…
Listen to ‘Lionhead’ here
“Hater’s stellar ‘You Tried LP’ is a raw and emotionally charged collection of nostalgic, lovesick jams that remains one of our favorite albums of 2017”Gorilla vs. Bear
It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. Formed last year by friends in Malmö, the band released an EP in July with PNKSLM Recordings, earning them comparisons ranging from The Pretenders to Alvvays. They then released their full length debut ‘You Tried’, proclaimed by Gorilla Vs. Bear to be their favourite album of 2017 so far, citing frontwoman Caroline Landahl’s “gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” An assured and consistent record, ‘You Tried’ blends jangle with grit.
Taking their musical cues from the likes of Alvvays, The Pretenders, Neil Young and The Radio Dept, all led by Landahl’s gorgeous vocals, Hater soon drew a lot of attention, including praise from international music publications such as The FADER, The Line of Best Fit and Stereogum.
Among those to declare themselves fans were the band’s heroes in The Radio Dept. who asked them to open for them on their first Scandinavian tour in five years. The band made their debut UK show in London earlier in 2017, and have since played at Roskilde Festival, with an extensive UK/EU tour on the horizon for 2018. With ‘You Tried’ Hater easily established themselves as Sweden’s most exciting new indie act, offering up a sound that’s both instantly accessible and grows with every listen.
Now, the band sign with Fire Records, joining Jane Weaver, Death And Vanilla, Rats on Rafts Virginia Wing, Noveller and Modern Studies at the forefront of the label’s new roster. The band are due to release a new EP ‘Red Blinders’ on December 1st!
Listen to ‘Blushing’ here