What with all of the various events that we’ve been involved with in 2014, it feels like we’ve been crazily busy since the start of the year. But then on the flip-side of that, our only release this year has been Call To Mind‘s album, ‘The Winter Is White‘ . That boys and girls is all set to change, as we have a number of new releases to share with you over the coming months, including releases from Skinny Dipper, Jo Mango, The Son(s) and Woodenbox.
Plus, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got a few special gigs to look forward to. Including our showcase at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh during October, plus a very special home coming show for Call To Mind (more of that later). So without further ado, here’s a quick round-up of what we have in store for you over the coming months…
SKINNY DIPPER EP
Kicking things off we have the debut release from the latest addition to the Olive Grove family, the amazing Skinny Dipper.
Dubbed as ‘almost a girl band‘ (there are 8 girls and 1 boy), , Skinny Dipper are made up of members from an array of Scottish groups including: Alex Kenzel (Blochestra), Vicki Cole (Randolph’s Leap) Heather Thikey (Randolph’s Leap, Kill The Waves), Gillian Higgins, Cat Calton (Aerials Up), (Aerials Up, Quickbeam), Ali Hendry (Randolph’s Leap), Monika Gromek (Quickbeam) and Iain Symes-Marshall (Trapped In Kansas).
If you head on over to The Pop Cop‘s website just now then you will be able to download one of the tracks from the EP, Hospital Bed, for free.
To celebrate the release of their EP, we’re having a wee shindig at Stereo in Glasgow on Friday 12 September. As well as Skinny Dipper, we’ve also got Call To Mind playing their first Glasgow show since April. In addition to this, we’ve got folk troubadour Chrissy Barnacle completing the bill. Tickets for the show are available now from Tickets Scotland.
We will be releasing the post-indie girl-pop stringcore outfit’s debut EP, ’Masks‘ on 8 September on 12″ vinyl and digital download.
JO MANGO REMIX ALBUM
I know we’ve talking about this for a while now, but we can finally tell you all about the forthcoming Jo Mango remix album. Jo has hand picked 9 international artists to remix all 10 tracks of her 2012 sophomore album Murmuration.
The result is Transformuration, which we will be releasing on limited edition tape as part of this year’s Cassette Store Day celebration on September 27th, followed by a digital release on 13th October.
If you fancy a wee sneaky peak of what to expect from the album, then you can download and stream album track ‘Evermore (The Cormorant Remix)‘ on SoundCloud, plus there’s even more info on the album here.
Jo is sharing a joint album launch with the fabulous Turning Plates at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow on Saturday 27 September.
THE SON(S) NEW ALBUM DUE IN OCTOBER
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Son(s), so we’re chuffed to announce the arrival of the follow up to their 2011 self-titled debut album.
We’ve pencilled the album in to be released on 27 October on 12″ vinyl and digital download. The album features collaborations with SAY Award winner, RM Hubbert and our very own Pete MacDonald (State Broadcasters/Randolph’s Leap). We will of course share songs with you as and when we can, for now though check out the amazing album artwork by Alastair Cook.
NEW WOODENBOX ALBUM COMING SOON
The Woodenbox boys are just putting the finishing touches to their new album, ‘Foreign Organ‘, which we’re hoping to have out some time in November.
We both reckon that it’s their finest work to date. Yes, I know we’re totally biased, but we’re sure you’ll agree when you finally hear it. The boys have also drafted in some of the Skinny Dipper girls too, the results of which are pretty spectacular.
CALL TO MIND TO PLAY THEIR BIGGEST HEADLINE SHOW TO DATE
Fresh from being playlisted on Radio 1, Call To Mind have announced their biggest headline show to date. On Saturday 25 October, they’re playing at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, not only that, but they’re also bringing the amazing Cairn String Quartet with them too. The all female quartet featured on Call To Mind’s debut album, ‘The Winter Is White‘, so it’s a safe bet that they’ll be collaborating at this show.
Completing the bill is lo-fi artist, Dr. Wook aka Kris Douglas, who some of you might know from Invernesian outfit, The Whiskys. Tickets for the show are on available now from the Eden Court.
OTHER BITS AND BOBS
Jo Mango was on the Riverside Show on STV Glasgow on Tuesday night, if you missed it or you just want to relive it all again, then just click this link (she’s on about and in 12 mins 20 secs and 1 hr 30 mins 20 secs).
Randolph’s Leap will be through at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh on Saturday 23rd with the fabulous Tuff Love. Tickets for the show are selling pretty damn fast, so if you’re planning on coming along we’d suggest you book in advance.
Woodenbox will be hitting up the Doune The Rabbit Hole on Sunday 24th August, here’s a wee animated video for the event that’s worth a watch.
Iain from Randolph’s Leap has been a busy boy as of late. As well as being the sticks man in the Leap, he has also been recording his own material as The Cormorant. Having recently created remixes for Finn LeMarinel and our very own Jo Mango (see above), he is shortly about to release his second EP, Kindly Treatments for Fragile Brains.
‘The EP is inspired in part by caffeine fuelled insomnia which is reflected in the jittery, glitchy beats and unusual soundscapes that scuttle across all six tracks. Kindly Treatments for Fragile Brains is due to be released on 1st September’, for now you though you can listen to preview track Caffeine Shakes (and other tales of sleep deprivation) over on Bandcamp right now.