Caught by the River

Now playing: Lomond Campbell

21st September 2017

Lomond Campbell,
Every Florist in Every Town.
From the forthcoming album Black River Promise (on Heavenly Recordings).
Pre-order a copy here.

Black River Promise was originally released on Lomond Campbell’s own acclaimed Triassic Tusk label, which he runs DJ Stephen Marshall, at the end of 2016. Jeff Barrett (of this parish) was tipped of by a friend and fell in love with it on first listen. Heavenly Recordings (Jeff’s label) has subsequently re-mastered the record, updated the artwork and are set to give it a wider release.

Lomond says: I wrote this song in the middle of a particularly gnarly highland winter and deliberated a lot on whether it suited Black River Promise.  After adding strings and drums it became one of my favourites from the album.  Lyrically it follows the story of a tempestuous relationship; so much so that every florist in everytown the pair lived in know their names.

Originally hailing from the Scottish borders and a former long-time resident of Edinburgh, Campbell, eager to flee the clamour and turbulence of the city upped sticks a couple of years ago, setting up home, and studio, in a leaking, decrepit, asbestos-ridden school house in the shadow of Ben Nevis.

Black River Promise is very much a chronicle of this transition from the white noise of the city to the near-silence of his new highland home. Deep, rich, astonishing and lyrically engaging, the album effortlessly skips between melancholic introspection and joyful euphoria and includes a 10-piece string ensemble assembled by cellist / arranger Pete Harvey (King Creosote, Modern Studies, The Leg).

Amongst other things, Lomond Campbell is a regular musical sparring partner and comrade of King Creosote, BAFTA winning songwriter, Scottish Album Of The Year shortlister and FOUND collective member.