No really a bad thing to be wrong-footed, even panicked a little, all down to over-familiarly; as you regard Fatherson’s ‘I Am An Island’ album even now, as an old friend, while being blissfully unaware of the apparent release date. School-boy error aside, if you haven’t already snapped your copy i advise even early doors, to do so. You’d be joining sways of their native Scotland that the band have played it seems for an age. Come to think of it, Fatherson made no secret of when the album would be due at most recent outings for a while now, a casual aquittance is a dangerous relationship it seems in terms of attention.
Last week’s album release of ‘I Am An Island’ is audience tested for the most part, with the production and engineering by Bruce Rintoul, he also shared mixing duties with Lewis Gardiner, they’ve done a good job capturing the live vs studio equation with a natural touch, the Modern Way Recordings album is delivered with the core of Fatherson’s alternative sound intact. The title track that opens proceedings is the perfect first introduction, more acoustic guitar and tight lyrical dialogue lulls the listener in, before ‘I Am an island’ explodes into emotion and a blaze of electric guitar complete with a blur of blows crashing down with precise abandon on many a drum head, all together the song is some calling card. Followed by ‘Hometown’ another hook-friendly track with refrains like ‘”We had it all figured out” which gives you a king-sized clue that things may not have worked out too well for the focus of this lyrical narrative; immediately followed by ‘I Like Not Knowing’, a plea to ignorance, couples well. Leaving you musing that Fatherson’s world has evolved since witnessing them in 2013’s Rock Ness set that is unrecognisable, for the more sensitive of you, it’s been given a lot more welly basically, no bad thing.
Fatherson exhibit a healthy palette fo sounds in use. Impassioned and direct, from the attractive heavier sounding of ‘Cat Stevens’ to the troubled waters of ‘Mine Or Me’ the always welcome, ‘Lights’, and ‘Half The Things ’ there’s more than a handful to champion. Fatherson are very worthwhile, their ‘I Am Island’ album comes across very well. Another keeper. 8.2/10
‘Hometown’ (BBC Introducing Session)