In the latest podcast Ali and Ian are joined by musicians Ross and Alasdair Whyte who, under the moniker WHYTE, have collaborated on the excellent album Fairich. What’s it like? It’s brilliant, but for a more considered explanation you’ll have to listen to the podcast, which not only has the word from the horses’ mouths, but also features an exclusive play of two tracks…at least we’re claiming it as such.
For regular listeners Ross will be a familiar voice as he has been a guest previously, appearing alongside Alasdair Roberts live from Braemar. It seems he finds collaborating with Alasdairs fulfilling, and Fairich suggests this is a strategy which works as it is a wonderfully evocative collection of Gaelic traditional songs sung by singer/songwriter Alasdair and backed by Ross’s ambient electronica. The term ‘Gaelictronica’ is mentioned, to a mixed reception, but in this case I think it works as a useful description of the music they have made. The two also discuss how, as well as the what and why, and for anyone interested in the making of music and the nature of collaboration this podcast is a must. Continue reading
The nights are fair drawing in, with SAD lights being switched on across the land, and this seems to be reflected in the first new music of Autumn. The pure pop which dominated the summer months has mostly been replaced by more reflective fare with some angular electronica, plaintive acoustics and evocative ambience all featuring below.
There’s a lot of grand visions and big ideas on show, but what else are you going to do at this time of year? It all adds up to the perfect soundtrack for autumnal stravaiging, so tune in, wrap up and get out there.
Last year we recorded a podcast with Ross Whyte alongside Alasdair Roberts as they collaborated in residence in Braemar for the project ‘New Approaches To Traditional Music’, and it’s a fascinating insight into the working methods of two very different musicians. Ross Whyte’s latest album, Kaidan, is now with us and it is a thing of great beauty and intrigue which gives you something new on each listen (and I should know; it’s been in my ears regularly over the last few days). It seems a little perverse to pick just one track as Kaidan is a complete piece of music designed to be listened from beginning to end, and that’s how it works best. Having said that, here’s a taster. This is ‘Carnival’:
Originally from Ross Whyte’s home town of Aberdeen, but now making music in Brighton, next up we have the eclectic music of Lockah, which can range from early ’80s electronica reminiscent of The Human League and Heaven 17 to the more expansive sounds of Harold Budd and even John Carpenter. Released earlier in the year, but too good not to mention, Lockah’s album It Gets More Cloudy is wonderfully rich, packed with unusual melodies and taking a wicked delight in surprising the listener at every tune. Like Kaidan, It Gets More Cloudy should be listened to as a whole to get the most from it, but you can get a taste of the whole in the first track ‘Important 2/ Hate, Meet Fate’: