Tuesday, August 23, 2011
New Sounds of Scotland-Part 25: Adam Stafford; The Deportees; Happy Vandals
Adam Stafford is a Glasgow-based musician and film maker. His album, Build A Better Harbour Immediately, was released yesterday on the new Wise Blood Industries label. A previous project of Stafford's was called Ya'll Is Fantasy Island. His film making credits include a short documentary, The Shutdown, made in collaboration with Alan Bissett and a music video for The Twilight Sad’s single "Seven Years of Letters" (which was nominated for Best Video in the New Scottish Music Awards 2011).
Build A Better Harbour Immediately is an indie rock album which finds Stafford deftly employing several different styles, echoing dream pop, doo wop, gospel and others. Because he is a mature songwriter and confident performer, he manages to deliver at each stage. The entire album can be streamed below, but if you only have the time or inclination for one track, I recommend "Shot-down You Summer Wannabes", which is Scottish Doo Wop. Honest.
Shot-down You Summer Wannabes by Adam Stafford
Build a Harbour Immediately
Stafford's Page at Wise Blood Industries
Wise Blood link for album
The Deportees are from Aberdeen, Scotland. Their music touches on rock, pop, country and folk, with a lot of vocal harmony, giving it a Celtic folk/rock sound. The members are Adam Keenan, Christy Keenan, Adam Morrice, Diarmaid O'Gallagher, and Ricky Osborne
The just released two-track EP I Lost Her to the Sea
Happy Vandals are Marc, Lam & Lew, from Perth, Scotland. They play indie surf pop with a touch of Calypso rhythm. Their music is on PoltergeistRecords, but the tracks below are available free at Bandcamp or from their website.
The delightful "In the Sun"