Share new single “A Man of My Age”
Due out on 1 July via Kirkinriola Records
Listen to “A Man of My Age” below
2015 saw the release of “Twisted Arrow“, the debut single by ARBORIST, fronted by Mark McCambridge. A nonchalant and thoughtful piece of Americana, conceived in Belfast, it features the casual yet unmistakeable tones of KIM DEAL. It premiered on The Line of Best Fit and Stereogum, has had extensive play on BBC 6Music, and featured in The Guardian’s tracks of the week.
Having previously worked as a songwriter around France, London, Nashville and Dublin, Mark McCambridge played his first show as ARBORIST in early February 2013, opening for James Yorkston in Belfast. A solo tour of Ireland followed before impressive performances led to notable support slots alongside Low, Cat Power, Mark Mulcahy and Alasdair Roberts.
Now based out of Belfast and surrounded by a band of well-travelled musicians, Arborist’s music is measured and mature while remaining starkly modern. Centred around McCambridge’s soaring vocal and unique lyrical style, it speaks of bleak truths (Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Jason Molina) but delivers them with an assured soulfulness (Sam Cooke, Al Green).
Recent shows with luminaries such Guy Garvey and Echo and the Bunnymen have showcased the songs to an ever increasing audience. New single “A Man of My Age” is a confident, six-minute ramble through the day-to-day and a shameless crack at the pop charts.
Their debut album Home Burial is due for release later in the year.
“…not unlike a vexed, downcast version of The Breeders’ country chug on ‘Drivin on 9’.” The Guardian Guide
“It’s a sweetly lilting ditty, soaked in country-western hallmarks and nuanced flecks of The Decemberists.” The Line of Best Fit
“It’s a bit of the old country in more ways than one.” Stereogum