Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Woodpigeon & Norman Blake - Brutish Birds

The delightful singles club wiaiwya-7777777 is releasing their next nugget, Brutish Birds, which brings together the Woodpigeon and Norman Blake.  Woodpigeon is Mark Andrew Hamilton, a Canadian who started out making music in Edinburgh, and also has recorded in Canada and Austria.  I believe he resides in Canada at this time.  Norman Blake is, of course, a founding member of Teenage Fanclub and has been involved with various other projects, including BMX Bandits, Boy Hairdressers.

The music resulting from this collaboration may best be described as '70s California pastoral guitar pop fused with UK folk rock.  The two songs are delicate and measured. with hushed vocals and spare acoustic instrumentation.  But they also have a dark emotional current and intriguing layers.  Both these artists frequently combine with others to create new and interesting music.  We can only hope that the results of this effort prompt them to continue to explore what the relationship can bring to our ears.

The Brutish Birds single is out now via WIAIWYA -- see the Bandcamp link below for details.

WIAIWYA website
Woodpigeon website
Woodpigeon on Facebook
Woodpigeon on Twitter
Teenage Fanclub website
Norman Blake on Twitter

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