We’re delighted to be working with Celtic Connections shows at The Glad Cafe again this year and excited to bring you two fantastic Scottish acts.
Modern Studies are a chamber pop band from Glasgow-via-Yorkshire. Their quietly experimental landscape songs are played on analogue synths, cello, double bass, drums, guitars, a wine-glass orchestra and, at the creaking centre of things, a Victorian pedal harmonium.
The band came together in early 2015, when Glasgow songwriter Emily Scott recruited old pals and collaborators Pete Harvey (King Creosote, The Leg), Joe Smillie (Call to Mind, boss of Glasgow’s The Glad Cafe) and Rob St. John.
Working throughout the year at Pumpkinfield – Pete’s rural Perthshire studio – the band shaped a set of Emily’s skeleton songs, drawing largely from the salt and spray of the sea. This communal arts-und-crafts-werk resulted in their debut LP ‘Swell to Great’ (named after an organ stop), which was released on Song, by Toad Records of Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2016.
Praise for Swell to Great by Modern Studies:
“There is a calmness in its melancholy, a beauty in its blues. These are songs that see the mystical beyond the material, abstracted folk ballads awash in memory.”
**** MOJO (Sept 2016)
“This is a treasure trove of songs that embrace, and transcend, place and time.”
**** The List
“An understated joy building into a magical climax of quirky brilliance… we predict it will be a contender for next year’s Scottish Album of the Year Award.”
Tissø Lake is a band and tape music project led by Ian Humberstone (Folklore Tapes) and supported by an ever-shifting cast of collaborators from Edinburgh and beyond. They play songs and sounds for the old, slow mysteries of the natural world; loops and delays, mists and mosses