Lost Map Records are celebrating their 5th birthday with a series of special shows over the summer – the first of which to be announced is a headline show from label-boss, and Isle of Eigg resident, Pictish Trail.
Throughout his career Pictish Trail has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records) while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth.
Something of a sonic hermit, Pictish Trail spent large parts of the past few years tucked away in his caravan on Eigg, feverishly working on the follow up to Secret Soundz Vol. 1&2, his critically-acclaimed double album of DIY electronic folk-tinged croft pop, released in 2014. Future Echoes is the mesmerising result. Written in remote seclusion but recorded in the bustling heart of London, it reunites PictishTrail with Adem Ilhan, who produces the majority of the record. Pictish and Adem previously wrote music together in 2010 under the name Silver Columns, releasing the hugely well received album Yes And Dance via London taste-makers Moshi Moshi. Future Echoes features additional production and mixing from Rob Jones (Sweet Baboo, Slow Club) and drumming from Alex Thomas (Fridge, Squarepusher, Air, Bat For Lashes). Initially self-released on his Lost Map, Future Echoes won the public vote for Scottish Album of the Year 2017, and led to Pictish Trail signing to Fire Records in London – who have reissued the album as a 2 x LP deluxe package. Initial copies of this deluxe edition were made available for Record Store Day 2018, and a wider release is scheduled for July 2018.
Support comes from London-based Firestations, whose new album The Year Dot, was released on Lost Map in April 2018. Firestations are a five-piece beast, who create lyrical alt-pop songs filtered through joyous surges of collective noise-making and bursts of electronic sound from synths and guitars. On The Year Dot, Firestations have refined and expanded on a shared obsession – sketching simple pop songs then painting over them with drones, vocal harmonies, electronica and unusual rhythms. The album is a true DIY effort, made over the best part of three years in a small home studio in Walthamstow, the north circular hissing in the near distance.
****Please note our kitchen will close for this event. Our last food orders will be taken at 6pm. Thank you****