I recently shared some tracks from Glasgow's Father Sculptor, and they deservedly proved quite popular with the readers of these pages. For those of us with good taste, today is a happy day because the group has officially self-released the Ember / Blue single.
I think this is one of the more promising debut singles of the year. It is comprised of two tracks. "Ember", is an achingly beautiful song that begins as a chamber pop piece and ends as a soaring anthem. "Blue" is a taut, jangly song built on an insistent rhythm and commanding baritone vocals, and I expect that New Order would be proud to have it on their resume. And the generous Father Sculptor has made the single available for free download at their Bandcamp page, so it seems to me that there isn't much of a decision for you to make.
I'll also note that the cover art for this release, and the other recordings on the group's Bandcamp page, is really good as well.
For me, the main unresolved question is the identity of the players. I spend a lot of time listening to music from bands that are just finding their way and, despite not internet or live presence until recently, this band is well past the newborn stage. Yet their website shares no personal details apart for what you can glean from the photographs--a fondness for a bit of beverage and a spot of cross-dressing (their may be a link to the beverage consumption). I asked my friend Johnny, for whom I sometimes play my new music when he popped in last weekend if he could link Father Sculptor with any of the Scottish groups I'd covered in the past. But all Johnny wanted to do was talk about his year in Portugal. So, no solution from Johnny, and he drank my beer.