15

Dec

Music Alliance Pact – December 2014

New Year Memorial

The wilfully enigmatic New Year Memorial are eager to let their music hog the limelight, which might explain why (at the time of writing anyway) you’ll find no Facebook page for them, nor even any official acknowledgement of who is in the Glasgow band. The image above is the one they emailed when I asked them to send me a group photo.

All will be out in the open soon enough, with 2015 bringing their first gig and a debut album. For now, though, Noëlle really ought to be on your playlist.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 17-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
New Year MemorialNoëlle
What a thrilling way to end one year and usher in a new one. New Year Memorial sprang up in the last week of November with an intriguing pair of songs on SoundCloud: Lovers, with its introspective piano interlude making way for full-on bombast; and Noëlle, a lush head-turner bristling with warm strings and keys which we are privileged to offer as an exclusive MAP download. Until now, it has been the studio project of Iain Thomson, ably insisted by musician friends including singer Nicky McManus. However, New Year Memorial’s debut live appearance in January 2015 promises a full-band sound that’s punkier than what we’ve heard so far.
January 17, Glad Cafe, Glasgow

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15

Nov

Music Alliance Pact – November 2014

Billy Jeffrey Jnr

My first experience of hearing Billy Jeffrey Jnr was one of those happy accidents (or ‘twists of fate’, if you believe in such things) of stumbling across him playing in a bar while waiting for the act I was there to see come on stage.

Next time you’re going to a gig, turn up in good time to watch everyone that’s included in the ticket price… you might just discover your new hero.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 22-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Billy Jeffrey JnrEternal Blue
Billy Jeffrey Jnr’s debut album, Eternal Blue, received modest attention when it was released in early 2014 but – thanks to the power of word-of-mouth and mesmeric live performances – it continues to gain the Glasgow songwriter a host of new fans and followers with each passing week. Possessing the same otherworldly quality as Bon Iver, it is a record full of elegant moments, with title track Eternal Blue being a personal favourite.
December 20, Broadcast, Glasgow (Club Morsecode Xmas Party)

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15

Oct

Music Alliance Pact – October 2014

The Xcerts

The Xcerts first appeared in the Music Alliance Pact in September 2009 with Crisis In The Slow Lane from their debut album. I rarely pick the same Scottish act twice but when you hear this joyous three-minute comeback single you’ll realise why The Xcerts are worth making an exception for.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 21-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
The XcertsPop Song
The Xcerts have been my favourite Scottish rock band since their debut album In The Cold Wind We Smile was released in 2009, with its impassioned choruses and gripping moments of melancholy. It wasn’t difficult to fall under its spell. While the follow-up record was deliberately rougher around the edges, their imminent third album, There Is Only You, out on November 3, is an exhibition of The Xcerts’ songwriting strength. The melodic explosion of the aptly-named Pop Song, a MAP exclusive download, is a case in point. Check out the video for it here.
November 7, Oran Mor, Glasgow
November 8, Beat Generator Live!, Dundee

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