Insects

by Faith Eliott

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On 26th September 2016 Song, by Toad Records will release the debut EP by Edinburgh artist and songwriter Faith Eliott on cassette and download.

The majority of the songs on this release were written over the course of three months, whilst Faith was living in rural Nebraska. Much of the dense and often-surreal lyrical content reflects this landscape, which is pancake-flat and dotted with collapsing barns, rotting farm machinery and teeming with insects.

The EP consists of a diverse set of songs. The opening track ‘Pyrite Ammonite’ is poppy and dynamic, whilst the closer, ’Possum’, is a five minute spoken word track, awash with drones and the sound of screeching cicadas. The baritone guitars, mellotrons and vocal harmonies hint at something grandiose, but the songs retain a lo-fi quality.

At its most raw, the EP includes the song ‘So Do I’, which was recorded in a barn in Nebraska using a dictaphone, with howling wind audible in the background. The remaining tracks were recorded by Alan McCormack (of Now Wakes the Sea), who also plays on the record, and whose experimental approach to recording and composition brings unexpected layers and textures to Faith’s acoustic/folk sensibilities.

Faith grew up in Minnesota and moved to Edinburgh just over 10 years ago. Though they (Faith prefers gender-neutral pronouns) have taken part in numerous creative collaborations over the years (The Sea Is Salt, Withered Hand, Supermoon, etc.), this is the first time they have put together a release exclusively of their own songs. This has in part been down to the process of exploring outwards from visual art and poetry before fixating on songwriting three or four years ago.

These days, Faith continues to make visual art and exhibits regularly around the city. They are also part of Edinburgh’s Far Yella Collective, a loosely collaborative collection of visual artists, musicians and writers

Faith will be playing a launch night in September in the Happiness Hotel, our new warehouse recording space down in Leith, as well as at our annual label Christmas party on the 2nd December.

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released September 26, 2016

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