The second single from critically (and Beat Surrender) acclaimed album ‘Rest And Be Thankful’ is an old school double A – ‘Broken Glass’ and brand new track ‘Bones’ featuring the lo-fi traditional skronk of young upstarts JR Green.
“Bones” was written one wintery morning from the window of Inver Cottage, an old fisherman’s croft on the shores of Loch Fyne, and two weeks ago Linden – Joe, Marco, Eric and Stuart – went to The Barne Studio with the wonderful JR Green, rehearsed, recorded and mixed the track on the same day… old skool! The day was beautifully captured by film-maker and Young Bafta winner Iain Henderson.
Rest & Be Thankful is the second solo LP outing for Argyll based singer-songwriter Joe McAlinden formally of the BMX Bandits and Creation Records act Superstar who were originally signed to the iconic label in 1992 by Alan McGee and went on to release half a dozen albums he’s also collaborated with, amongst others, Teenage Fanclub and Big Star/Alex Chilton.
Rest & Be Thankful takes it’s title from a inscription on a stone near the junction of the A83 and B828 , the original stone was placed there by the soldiers would built the road in 1753 and later replaced by a commemorative replica at the top of the long and steep climb out of Glen Crose and a traditional rest point for travellers – the beautiful location features in the video below. The album was recorded in a makeshift studio in a fisherman’s croft on the shores of Loch Fyne by McAlinden and members of his live band Stuart Kidd, Eric Lindsay and Marco Rea, then mixed and produced at West Heath Yard in London by Edwyn Collins & Seb Lewsley with guest performances from James Walbourne, Paul Cook and Bart Mosh.
The ten track release is a crafted collection of harmonic soulful songs with gorgeous melodies and embossed with great guitar work and flashes of brass, it’s out now on AED in the UK and available on vinyl as well as digital and CD, Slumberland are looking after the US release.