We were thrilled to be able to have live music back at 44 King St again with Constant Follower celebrating the launch of their new album on the 1st of October, followed by an intimate gig the next day.
The album is co-produced by Scottish songwriter Stephen McAll and renowned producer and Shimmy-Disc founder Kramer.
Written following 10 years of isolation on the West Coast of Scotland; re-learning to write and play guitar following a violent gang attack in Glasgow that left McAll with a devastating head injury, semi-paralysed, and with all previous memories gone.
Kramer describing McAll’s music in his own words “…an interior force to be reckoned with. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. It weaves elements of the past around a future I was wholly unaware of before hearing these breath-taking songs, each one a kind of memorial to a memory that may or may not have merely been imagined or hoped into existence.”
Two tracks were released prior to the album’s launch with stunning videos to accompany them – The Merry Dancers on TV and What’s Left to Say.
In the words of director George Farrow-Hawkings, “It was a great privilege to be allowed complete autonomy to create a visual response to such an emotionally significant song. I was compelled, in hearing ‘What’s Left to Say’, to make a video that would convey something of the unspoken connection which is forged by time spent with another person. I wanted to create images that were as laden with memory and emotion as the track itself. In doing so, I wanted to reflect the way our memories of people become irrefutably tied to the spaces we associate with them. During 2020 and early 2021, like most others, I spend an unprecedented amount of time in my own home, repeatedly looking upon the same interior space and views out of the window. This restriction, more than ever before, made me notice the idiosyncrasies of the shifting light, and brief moments of movement, that punctuated the otherwise fixed surroundings.”
About the video in the filmmaker Fiona Burton’s words: “Making art together is something that transcends any distance and that was definitely confirmed over the period of making this film. Being able to work with a local band while being trusted with such a stunning song made any physical distance feel obsolete. Constant Follower’s choice to work with new and emerging artists for their videos meant that I, as an artist, was able to create something unlike anything I’ve had the ability to before. This is my second foray into stop motion and I have learned so much from this project alone- skills that would have taken me years to learn in any other setting. The film, at its core; is about connection and how easy it is to lose it if we start taking things for granted in life. I liked the idea that even the moon herself could tire of being taken for granted and head off on a holiday only for one child to notice it missing and go on a voyage to let it know how much it is loved and respected.”
You can order digital and physical copies of the album over at the band’s website or pop into our local music shop Europa Music to get yourself a copy on vinyl.