From Dunfermline we present Foreignfox. If they’re new to you, imagine the pop-noir bombast of, say, The Twilight Sad or Glasvegas, doused with some towering choruses and gritty lyrics. Hearts are stirred, chests are beaten. You know how it goes. Discover for yourself with the Music Alliance Pact exclusive download below, along with the rest of the world’s offerings for this month.
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 24-track compilation through Dropbox here.
SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Foreignfox – Yoghurt
No matter how much you think you’re ready for it, the song Foreignfox introduced themselves to the world with, Yoghurt, still knocks you sideways. The raw, stomach-knotting emotion of Jonny Watt’s struggle to come to terms with his father’s cancer diagnosis is unravelled in lyrics of rare candour, backed with some sweeping guitar work and a suitably tear-inducing promo video. Foreignfox’s debut EP, We Float Like Sinking Ships, is available on Bandcamp.
July 26, The Wickerman Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
August 8, Belladrum, Inverness
August 15, PJ Molloys, Dunfermline
August 29, King Tut’s, Glasgow
Hello, you beautiful human. Welcome to The Pop Cop’s live blog from this year’s SAY Award ceremony at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, which celebrates Scottish albums which were released in 2013.
There are 10 contenders in the shortlist, each artist bidding to scoop the first prize of £20,000. Not sure whether you are required to declare those winnings on your self assessment tax return, must ask RM Hubbert about that later…
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First things first, let’s have your thoughts, please:
Which album do you want to win the 2014 SAY Award?
- Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe (31%, 19 Votes)
- Young Fathers - Tape Two (15%, 9 Votes)
- Hector Bizerk - Nobody Seen Nothing (13%, 8 Votes)
- not fussed (11%, 7 Votes)
- The Pastels - Slow Summits (8%, 5 Votes)
- Biffy Clyro - Opposites (5%, 3 Votes)
- Edwyn Collins - Understated (5%, 3 Votes)
- RM Hubbert - Breaks & Bone (3%, 2 Votes)
- Steve Mason - Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time (3%, 2 Votes)
- Mogwai - Les Revenants (3%, 2 Votes)
- Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (3%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 61
I don’t think Nieves have even played their first gig yet, but the duo comprising of the exotic-sounding Herre de Leur (piano, percussion) and Brendan Dafters (vocals, guitar) clearly have a gift for writing introspective alternative folk. The title of this month’s Music Alliance Pact song might be unseasonal, but that doesn’t stop it being one of the loveliest things you’re likely to hear all year.
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 27-track compilation through Dropbox here.
SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Nieves – Winter
Glasgow duo Nieves sure know how to make a stunning first impression. With a simple acoustic guitar/piano set-up they deliver debut song Winter with immaculate poise, an elegant sadness pervading as singer Brendan Dafters uses the changing of the seasons to tell the story of a relationship’s end. MAP exclusive download Winter and new single Symmetry (check it out on SoundCloud) are taken from Nieves’ debut EP, due out later this summer.