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imp: Emma Pollock + Adrian Crowley @ The Tunnels, 27 Aug

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Friday, 27 August 2010

The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF. Phone (01224) 211121

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets 8+bf in adv / 10 on door

Available from One-Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Phone (01224) 642662 or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk





EMMA POLLOCK is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of The Delgados, one of the most interesting and influential bands to emerge from the mid-90s Glasgow music scene.

One of the most bewitching singers and natural songwriters around, Emma released her debut solo album Watch The Fireworks on 4AD in 2007 and returned to Chemikal Underground this year with the release of her second solo outing The Law Of Large Numbers . The album is crammed with unconventional arrangements and by Emmas own admission, was an almost entirely self-serving project. With taut, sparse production, hints of Dixieland jazz, abrasive pop songs; programmed drums and improvised vocal loops this record is, in short, and in the words of Emma herself, The truest representation of me as an individual - whatever that means.

As well as keeping busy with Chemikal Underground duties she is a member of the cross-genre musical collective The Burns Unit, who also counts Karine Polwart, King Creosote and Future Pilot AKA among its members.

The Law of Large Numbers takes a more deconstructive tack, gradually breaking down the standard rock band formation to experiment with texture and rhythm, and establish a more absorbing, nocturnal atmosphere. PITCHFORK [7.5/10]

a wonderfully simple, clever and loveable record initially masquerading as a complex and awkward one. DROWNED IN SOUND [8/10]

Pollock has rediscovered her former bands grandiose esoterica and stark, scratchy danger: Hug The Harbour is tribal alt.pop, Nine Lives sinister ragtime jazz and I Could Be A Saint sounds like the most tuneful slashings of a serial killer nicknamed The Xylophone. Think Flo and Regina stalking Nick Cave; the music box threat of Red Orange Green or Confessions sultry electro wouldnt be out of place on Bjrks Post. NME [8/10]



ADRIAN CROWLEY returns to Aberdeen for his SIXTH IMP SHOW! Is this a record? We must like him, or something.

Signed to Chemikal Underground in 2009, his latest album Season of the Sparks recently scooped Irelands prestigious Choice Music Award their version of the Mercury Music Prize. Here are a few snippets of nice words...

"...like Leonard Cohen narrating a Tim Burton fairytale. A true magical mystery tour. Q [4/5]

"A prolonged sigh for summers gone, Season Of The Sparks shimmers and hums with regret...something spare, ghostly and beautiful. A great album. SUNDAY TIMES [4/5]

From the hazy melancholy of the Beekeepers Wife to the Smiths-meets-Nick Drake stylings of the title track, Season of the Sparks is a treasure youll be happy to have melting out of your stereo as the throat of winter approaches. THE SKINNY [4/5]

celebrates the power and tranquility of nature with a collection of slow moving, hazy, yet oddly enchanting tales about the inner peace of the natural world. CLASH [7/10]

As a storyteller in thrall to nature, Crowley can have you hanging on every line and make you remember to appreciate all the small things which get lost in the noise of everyday life. An album for all seasons RTE Entertainment [4/5]


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Some words...

LORD CUT-GLASS is the solo incarnation of another ex-Delgado, Alun Woodward.

Sometimes bashful, occasionally imbued with curmudgeonly bluster, and yet always lifted by humorous life learned truisms, Lord Cut-Glass strikes a dashing figure of musically inventive bravado. Galloping percussion, waltzes and marches, promenades of male and female harmony, delicate and serene creations punctuated by casual profanity and shot through with brazenly hilarious words-to-the-wise.

His eponymous debut is an album comprising one mans refined grasp of the musical form, an idiosyncratic pursuit thats unmistakably in the lineage of independent Scottish music. With its beguiling application of eclectic even anachronistic styles, sharply recalled sense and scene, it is the product of a febrile mind At the start of recording I got Scarlet Fever and stayed in bed for ages, reading my girlfriends books. Explains Woodward of Lord Cut-Glass creation, I read Under Milk Wood in a feverish state and decided I would call myself after one of the characters.

Woodwards solo project has grown incrementally over the 4 years since The Delgados disbanded. In between non rock n roll spots of gardening on his allotment, doses of scarlet fever and work on Chemikal Underground releases including those of Aidan Moffat and The Phantom Band the moniker Lord Cut-Glass has made fleeting appearances on Chemikals own Ballads Of The Book project and the compilation Worried Noodles.

Musically I started writing songs with the idea of being in a band with a couple of other people. I asked them and they said they didn't want to, so I thought fuck it I'll do it all myself.

And so with typically casual defiance Lord Cut-Glass debut was recorded at the labels own studio Chem 19 with former Delgados drummer Paul Savage on the skins, and Woodward himself writing and arranging the parts for an integral band of classical musicians from across Glasgow.

If Lord Cut-Glass was a political leader hed be more dictator than democrat: more Charlemagne than Chirac explains Woodward.


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