Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Not Jackson but Emma

Oh, couldn't think of anything witty to call today's post. But, those of you who have read this blog regularly will know that I am a big fan of the Delgados, the seminal scottish band who for a decade from the mid-90s to the mid '00s delighted us with some of the best music ever, and on top of that, helped launch the careers of Mogwai, Arab Strap, Bis, Mother and the addicts, Aereogramme, Sluts Of Trust, and more recently, De Rosa and Sister Vanilla through the record label they set up, Chemikal Underground. They are my favourite scottish band of all time, yup, even above Orange Juice, Belle and Sebastian, Aberfeldy and Sons and Daughters.

Alas, all good things come to an end, and the Delgados called it a day in 2005. However, Emma Pollock has signed to 4ad as a solo artist. Her myspace site has a demo of a song called Fortune. The album is ready and has apparently has a sleeve done by Vaughan Oliver who used to do the sleeves for Cocteau Twins in the 80s when they were on 4ad. I cannot wait...

Drop by the myspace site and also her official site where if you sign up for the mailing list, you get an mp3 sent to you.

Oh, and go and buy The Delgados back catalogue. Every bit of it. I recommend The Great Eastern above all, which is my favourite scottish album of all time.

To see Delgados videos, click on the links below:

'Coming In From The Cold'

'Everything Goes Around The Water'

'American Trilogy'


Matthew said...

Emma is playing pretty much her first full band shows at the Versacoustic gigs, which will be in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen in a week or so I think. Tickets are free if you send them an email. Go to myspace and search for Versacoustic and you should find them.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ed

You're not wrong about the Delgados. A friend said at one point that people wouldn't realise what they were missing until they were gone and I guess that's true for many people.

Looking forward to Emma's LP (yet another LP purchase looming on the horizon) but didn't have the time to try and catch her show in Dundee a couple of weeks back. I haven't even managed to get far enough through Ballad of the Books to have heard her track on that yet! Alun's track is very folky though.


Matthew said...

She was excellent live - the new album sounds like it should be good. Did you make it last night?