Out of left-field for me and resonating personally comes the wonderful new album from State Broadcasters, Ghosts We Must Carry is the follow-up to their 2009 debut The Ship and the Iceberg which I intend to familiarize myself with ASAP, layered melancholic folk-pop of the highest order – you can listen to and download the PR approved track Trespassers below, it’s a fine song but only the tip of the proverbial iceberg in respect of the the quality – there much more to cherish and enjoy of the album including the beautiful opening track on the album “The Only Way Home” (a tribute to the late Mark Linkous and Vic Chesnutt) and the wonderful Takeshi, great album one to kick back to and wallow in it’s beautiful wistfulness highly recommend you get a listen to this album.
The bands Graeme Black (guitar, vocals) and Pete MacDonald (piano, trombone, vocals) first met in a Glasgow library in 2004, after chance encounters with each other at various gigs the pair bonded over their mutual adoration of the music of Lambchop and Clem Snide, after playing some songs together in Graeme’s kitchen State Broadcasters was born, the pair were soon joined by Pete’s brother Fergus (guitar, banjo, uke, accordian and then Gilian Fleetwood (harp, accordian, vocals), Cameron Maxwell (double bass, electric bass, vocals), Susan Appelbe (cello, vocals) and Andrew Samson (percussion). Much of the debut album The Ship and The Iceberg has featured in Scottish independent films and between that release and this upcoming one they’ve composed and recorded the soundtrack for the multi-award winning short Fixing Luka. which resulted in co-songwriter and producer Pete MacDonald taking home the BAFTA New Talent Award for ‘Best Original Score’.
Ghosts We Must Carry will be released via Olive Grove on 17th September 2012.