Like a fine wine the PeatbogFaeries seem to get better as they age. I dont know what goes on to build up their creative juices but by hell I want some. Its a big sound with a lot going on and when listening through headphones one firstly gets a distinctly Highland taste with psychedelic keys and strings and brass and …….. Yes folks there is a cornucopia of beautiful noise going on and with Peter Morrison and Ross Couper leading with tunes it remains for the rest of the band to accompany them. Leading the way on bass is Innes Hutton who really does a fantastic job not just flourishing the music with great riffs but is the heartbeat of the outfit. On drums Stewart Brown just simply keeping the beat but he almost seems to control the direction of the band and is metranomic in his steadiness. Innes Watson is a guitar genius turning his hand to any project and making his mark always. No one ever knows what goes through the mind of a keyboard player and Norman Willmore goes delightfully mad on some tracks. Tom Salter adds groove and funk check out his work on ‘The Jesster’
So what to make of ‘I See A World’ well it is a well crafted array of tunes that would get a stadium audience rocking. ‘The Clunie Road’ is an almost calypso beginning with snare drums and wandering bass lines with a fantastic overlay then bang into Rory Matheson / Graham Rorrie composition Winning Bid. Complete with sax this is a triumph. If your going to cover a great tune do it well. These guys do just that. Lot more vocals than before which is nice but its the genius of Peter Morrison on pipes and whistles and Ross Couper who ably showcase their talents.
If you get a chance to see so many talented musicians on one stage and they go by the name of the Peatbog Faeries can i politely suggest you treat yourself. ‘I See a World’ is an immediately satisfying listen which does not wain over time it actually gets better. If you want great Scottish music thats a wee bit different this is your chance to own a copy of a great album
Written by: Norrie Hunter
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