Alan Marshall::: Suilven Heights

When not penning his own ditties Scotsman Alan Marshall has been known to front a Stone Roses tribute act. Getting away from the music of Messrs Squire and Brown , Marshall has created a very interesting beast with his début ‘Suilven Heights’.

Opener Good time Girl is pure merseybeat, all jaunty guitars at the go weaving around a delightfully catchy melody. It’s a really catchy number and it’s easy to see why it was chosen as a single. Not one to be pigeonholed Marshall switches style quite easy. High Five is pure surf rock and wouldn’t be out-of-place in a hammock.

Winter Sun plays like the demented bastard lovechild of Belle & Sebastian gone on a rockabilly rampage.  While the excellent Crazy Diamond is reminiscent of the La’s more playful moments. The sweep of styles here highlight an accomplished songsmith who is comfortable in a variety of musical genres.

All in all, it’s a seriously likable début from a songwriter who has clearly been sitting on a treasure trove of material.  Some artists could disappear under the weight of the genre hopping on display but Marshall does it with a sense of bravado that is winning rather than excruciating. There’s a real confidence and vitality to this record that makes you reach for the play button again and again.



Indians::: Cakelakers

Søren Løkke Juul, who plays under the name Indians,has signed to hipster favourite 4AD, the label home to artists like BeirutThe National, and Grimes. Upon signing, he filmed a lovely and intimate 4AD session to celebrate. In much the same way, the Danish musician shares his very first guitar song called “Cakelakers” to celebrate the release date announcement of his forthcoming debut Somewhere Else, out January 29th. Written on his aunt’s porch just outside Copenhagen, it’s a charming and dreamy little jangler, and best of all… its free:::: cakelakers