‘The Aphex Twin of piano balladry…. a post-glitch Elton.’ The Guardian
I’m a singer-songwriter whose music has variously found its way to daytime Radio One, a Hollywood movie, festivals, theatre shows and short films, but often just into my cupboard. I used to be in the band Swimmer One. I was co-creator of the award-winning multi-media project Whatever Gets You Through The Night. Between 2010 and 2015 I released three albums as Seafieldroad.
I now live on the Isle of Lewis where I’m recording a new album, Tourism, for Wee Studio Records. It’ll be my first proper release under my own name, following 2019’s After All Of The Days We Will Disappear, which was a kind of ‘best of’ collection consisting of re-recorded Swimmer One and Seafieldroad tracks, previously abandoned experiments, and one new song.
Since 2018 I’ve been writing All of the Days, a semi-regular diary in which I look back on every song I’ve ever released, mostly using them as a jumping off point to talk about more interesting things, such as Brian Wilson, Michael Jackson, political protest, national identity, Britpop and racism, dementia, Scottish independence, portrayals of death in children’s films, and gangster movies. I started writing All of the Days because I thought I didn’t know how to write songs anymore. Then I remembered again. The diary might have helped. Island life played a big part too.
Here are some nice things people have said about my music:
‘A lovely album. A late contender for one of the best of the year.’ Gideon Coe, 6 Music
‘It’s the sort of record that they – the Mark Eitzels and the Paddy McAloons – used to make… an adult pop record with heart and brains.’ The Guardian
‘He crafts songs that sound like minimalist classical composers working on adventurous ballads for REM. This album will either win the Mercury Prize or vanish into cherished cult obscurity. It’s so good it deserves no compromise in between.’ The Herald
‘As irresistible as a warm hearth on a snowy day, these songs do for Scotland’s east coast what the Blue Nile’s did for the city of Glasgow.’ Scotland on Sunday
‘Humane, witty, sumptuous.’ The National
‘The songs glow with a sense of sincere, melancholic wonderment… An album to get lost in.’ The List
‘A heartbreaking and delicate album… a great piece of work.’ Sunday Mail