14 | www.westendermagazine.com LIVE December Blue Rose Code Friday 1st December 7.30pm Milngavie Folk Club tickets.jmsconcerts.co.uk 'Imagine John Martyn meets a young Van Morrison shipwrecked with a crate of Chet Baker records'. That’s how Time Out described the sound of Edinburghborn singer/songwriter Ross Wilson who goes by the name Blue Rose Code. His latest studio album . . . And Lo! The Bird Is On The Wing has contributions from legendary bassist Danny Thompson (John Martyn), Hollywood A-lister Ewan McGregor as well as a role call of some of the finest musicians in Scotland. I’m not really a fan of the pursuance of jazz/folk fusions but Blue Rose Code seem to have the balance just right. This version works well, enough to convince me and maybe even enough to set the bar for the many others who attempt this type of mashup. He’s steadily growing his tribe on and off the stage. Check out his Live At The Queens Hall, Edinburgh documentary on YouTube, it’s a great little exposé of who he is and what he’s trying to do. Choice Track: Blue Rose Code ‘Grateful’ Moulettes Monday 4th December 7pm Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk Moulettes are an experimental five piece folk-rock band from Glastonbury. All are multi-instrumentalists and judging by the skill and execution of their vocal harmonies all are very capable singers too. Their music does not fit easily into any musical category but it is heavily influenced by the folk/prog sound of 70s bands like Pentangle and Gentle Giant. Progressive Rock is very difficult to pull off. There’s also not much payback for all the effort you have to put in as it does not attract the huge audiences it once did so you have to be committed and that should be admired. So with all this ability and commitment Moulettes have carved out a niche for themselves and are currently one of the most talked about bands on the Prog scene. They are out on tour promoting their new record Preternatural so with kaftans and tie-dye at the ready you should go see their elaborate octopus-chameleon inspired lovecraftian horror blend of progressive rock. I dare you. Choice Track: Moulettes ‘Songbird’ LANY Friday 8th December 7pm Queen Margaret Union, qmunion.org.uk It’s quite unsettling watching 30 year old men singing of teenage angst (They describe it as 'Make Out Music'). Cynical old songwriters usually hide behind petty popstars to punt their skilfully constructed hooks, but props to LANY (pronounced Lay-Nee) for coming out from the shadows to front this electro-pop trio. In my day our quirky named electro pop trios were spearheaded by the Norwegian boy band Aha, and Take On Me was and still is an iconic slice of
www.westendermagazine.com | 15 by Greg Kane pop. Can LANY get anywhere close to that yardstick? Only time will tell, but they are armed with the focus, enthusiasm, ambition and the deep pockets of Polydor Records required to succeed in the cut throat business of pop. For me the French band Phoenix do electro pop better, but LANY are pretty skilled at it too. Incidentally LANY stands for Los Angeles New York … clever eh? Choice track: LANY ‘ILYSB’ James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band Saturday 9th December 9pm The Bon Accord, bonaccordpub.com This Scottish band were formed in 2013, influenced by Gillian Welch, Woody Guthrie and Ryan Adams, their music is a mix of alt country folk rock roots orientated Americana. The whole thing is centred around the heavily bearded singer songwriter/ guitarist James Edwyn. He’s got a good voice has our James and the subject matter of his songs are personal day to day observations presented in a reflective mood, perfect for this type of music. They are out promoting their recently released 2nd album High Fences coming off the back of a successful album launch at the Glasgow Americana Festival last month. I’ve seen many alt country acts play at The Bon Accord and it’s a perfect setting for this kind of music, with a great sounding room and a bar with one of the most extensive Whisky collections anywhere in town. All makes for a good night. Incidentally, as I was researching this band I stumbled upon The Fallen Angels Club ... a kind of appreciation society/promoter for Americana in Glasgow. If this is your bag then you should definitely go have a look at their website. Choice Track: James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band ‘Pushing Statues’ King Krule Friday 15th December 7pm SWG3, swg3.tv I’ve always been a fan of the self indulgent – Krule is the King of selfindulgence, especially on his new record Ooz. Listening to the 23 year old Londoner, Archy Marshall aka King Krule can be quite an unnerving experience. It can sometimes be like listening to old school Bill Withers but after the consumption of some serious hallucinogenics. It’s sometimes like The Cure – there’s also some early Radiohead in there – and thanks to his musical parents he also draws on the likes of Talking Heads, The Pixies, The Damned, Weller and the inimitable Donny Hathaway for inspiration, but ultimately it’s all King Krule. After a very successful tour of the US in 2013 he decided not to come back home to Old Blighty so this tour at the end of 2017 is a bit of a homecoming for him. Be under no illusions this music is dark and demanding but if you can manage to commit to it then the rewards are well worth the effort. Choice track: King Krule ‘Czech One'
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