Skerryvore have reinvented and reignited Scottish roots music with a contemporary alt-pop flavour that has linked with an ever-expanding multicultural international viewers. However because the pandemic broke, the octet’s worldwide touring instantly ceased.
But, from problem got here alternative. Vocalist/guitarist Alec Dalglish had the time to develop his preliminary track concepts in additional depth, whereas subsequent full band periods in bagpiper/whistle participant Scott Wooden’s studio in Glasgow benefited from the liberty such an impartial setting offered them. And once they returned in 2021 with ‘You & I’, the monitor turned their first to be playlisted at Radio 2 buoyed by large help from Jeremy Vine.
Additional emboldened by the Celtic-tinged funk-rock follow-up ‘Collectively Once more’, Skerryvore targeted on broadening the core of their sound with a contemporary pop immediacy and wider stylistic adventures. The result’s ‘Tempus’, an album epic of melody, intimate of feeling and plugged into the roots of Scotland however blasting out to the world.
Alec Dalglish says, “We wished to get the manufacturing greater, extra absolutely shaped. We wished to make music on a a lot greater scale, to succeed in much more individuals. However in doing that, we additionally needed to write and document songs which can be nonetheless what make Skerryvore what we’re.”
Skerryvore exceeded that objective, which they now showcase by launching ‘Tempus’ with two new recordings. A remastered model of ‘You & I’ provides some contemporary sparkle to the end-of-the-night, jump-around celebration of communion and connection that made it such a fan favorite. It’s accompanied by ‘Vancouver Island’, an pressing, charging instrumental which speaks to the band’s need to make sure that their non-vocal tracks have the identical dynamic construction as their singalong moments. It paints an image of the combined atmosphere of its location: its placing pure surroundings and its wealthy bagpipe historical past, but additionally its shocking present ranges of poverty. Pay attention BELOW:
Elsewhere, ‘Tempus’ is wealthy with the top-tier musicianship that Skerryvore are famend for, in addition to an more and more numerous musical palette. They’ve taken a rip-it-up-and-start-again strategy to style, mixing anthemic highs, strident rock, stadium-ceilidh thrills and delicate dance beats right into a sound that immediately transports the listener to a famously good-time Skerryvore gig. And whereas the document is predominantly a homegrown assortment, it was accomplished with mastering courtesy of the 21-time Grammy Award winner Howie Weinberg (U2, Nirvana, PJ Harvey).
Skerryvore consists of eight musicians, every of that are both classically skilled or have mastered their expertise inside the world of reside trad music: founders Daniel Gillespie (accordion), his brother Martin (bagpipes), Alec Dalglish (vocals, guitar) and Fraser West (drums), together with Scott Wooden (bagpipes, whistles), Craig Espie (nicknamed The Indignant Fiddler), Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and Alan Scobie (piano, keys). Nearly all the pieces they’ve achieved thus far – six studio albums, a reside document and a ‘better of’ assortment celebrating their first decade collectively – has been completed completely independently. However ‘Tempus’ additionally represents a brand new starting as their first album below a brand new take care of Cooking Vinyl.
Skerryvore have additionally introduced a UK launch tour which commences in March 2023. Followers who pre-order ‘Tempus’ will obtain speedy entry to a ticket pre-sale which is now open and stays reside till tickets go on normal sale from 9 am this Friday, December 2nd. The band are presently finishing a winter headline tour; please see their web site for particulars of their remaining reveals.
‘Eye of the Storm’
‘You & I’
‘All the pieces You Want’
‘One other World’
‘Good Occasions By no means Die’
‘Legends of the Solar’
‘Collectively Once more’
‘The Beasts of Bone Lake’
seventeenth – Elgin City Corridor
18th – Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall
nineteenth – Strathpeffer Pavilion
twenty fourth – Queen’s Corridor, Dunoon
twenty fifth – Perth Live performance Corridor
twenty sixth – Centrestage, Kilmarnock
twelfth – Previous Fireplace Station, Carlisle
thirteenth – Gloucester, Guildhall
14th – Lighthouse, Poole
18th – Exeter Corn Change
nineteenth – Carnglaze Caverns
twentieth – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
twenty first – Victoria Corridor, Settle