PICTISH TRAIL will bring the critically acclaimed new album Future Echoes to Manchester next week, making a date with the Northern Quarter’s very own Gullivers on 6th April.
Released in September on Lost Map Records with distribution courtesy of Caroline International, Future Echoes earned ★★★★ reviews from MOJO, Uncut, Clash and The Scotsman among others.
A twisted polyrhythmic psychedelic disco opus reflecting on reincarnation and life lived on repeat with a chorus sung in a Jimmy Somerville-worthy falsetto, ‘After Life’ is the latest single to be taken from Pictish Trail AKA Scottish singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch’s third long player.
A very personal musing on mortality, the death of friendships and the finality of things, Future Echoes represents the most confident, cohesive and pop-savvy collection of music Pictish Trail has written to date. The album’s opener and first single ‘Far Gone (Don’t Leave)’ takes its cues both musically and thematically from the Coen brothers’ Fargo, adding a tongue-in-cheek hip-hop beat, raspy Casio keyboard bassline and echo-slathered vocal over the top of a queasy sample based on that film’s theme tune. ‘Dead Connection’ is a dizzying and very danceable dispatch of ghostly electro all about attempted discourse with the dead and accepting that what is gone is gone. ‘Half Life’ slows things down at the album’s half way stage for a by-turns shuddering and twinkling take on decaying and yet somehow still interminable relationships. Its companion-piece ‘After Life’ brings Future Echoes to a head-spinning conclusion.
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