A few days ago Frightened Rabbit embarked on a supporting tour with Death Cab For Cutie across the U.S., and as they’re prone to do on a daily basis the band were posting updates about it on their Twitter/Facebook pages.
One such update said this: “Those of you at The Grog Shop tonight get the first chance to buy our new tour EP. Loook! New songs inside. http://lockerz.com/s/123909484“.
It seems to have gone largely unnoticed, mainly because it’s a tour-only EP that’s sold at shows in the U.S., which will obviously limit the exposure. There’s no word on whether it’ll be sold online or elsewhere in the world, but when you hear both of the new songs as well as a finished recording of “Scottish Winds” you’re going to wish that it does end up online to buy, because they’re fucking gorgeous.
When I first moved from Scotland to the U.S. I tried to keep up with Scottish music as best as I could but I ended up losing any connection I once had with it. The first time I heard Frightened Rabbit it not only reconnected me with said music scene, but made me miss the motherland all the more, and as I heard songs referencing places that I used to go to or live close to, my desire to return heightened. Although that hasn’t happened yet, bands like Frightened Rabbit and Camera Obscura make me feel just that little bit closer, especially when I hear some new jams by either.
“Fuck This Place” features the sultry and sullen vocals of Camera Obscura‘s Tracyanne Campbell against an almost militaristic-style rhythm that builds into a cacophony of sound as both she and lead singer Scott sing over the rousing signal being pumped out behind them. ”The Work” features Archie Fisher, a renowned Scottish folk singer who does alternate verses with Scott that hearken back to the Scottish folk songs of yore, all three of which you can hear below.