Pictish Trail, aka Scottish singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch, has revealed his first new music in three years with new single Far Gone (Don’t Leave) which you can hear above.
It will be released by Lost Map Records as an audio-postcard as part of the label’s PostMap singles series, as well as be made available through all digital channels via Caroline International.
It is the first taste of Pictish Trail’s new album, due later this year, details TBA. He’s touring throughout the spring and summer, beginning with a round of dates in May and June opening for Malcolm Middleton (Arab Strap), whose live band he will also perform as a member of. Pictish Trail will play various summer festivals including a headline slot at Green Man in Wales (at which he has appeared every year since it began in 2003). He has also just announced a special headline show at the Moth Club in London on October 4.
Something of a sonic hermit, Pictish Trail has spent the past few years tucked away in his caravan on the Hebridean isle of Eigg, feverishly working on the follow up to Secret Soundz Vol. 1&2, his critically-acclaimed double album of DIY electronic folk-tinged croft pop, released in 2014. Now Spring has sprung, Pictish has emerged with a new clutch of songs, his most confident and accomplished sounding yet.
“This track is a tip of the hat to Fargo, my favourite film (and favourite telly series now),” says Johnny. “The song is about paranoia, the fear of being caught, and how that pushes people into desperate situations. I started writing it for a Coen Brothers tribute show that I took part in a few years ago. I think the organisers expected me to cover a song from a Coen Brothers soundtrack, but instead I decided to use a sample inspired by the theme tune from the Fargo film and add a hip hop beat, a raspy Casio keyboard bassline and a reverb-soaked melody.”
‘Far Gone’ was produced by the Trail’s old friend Adem Ilhan, making it a reunion of sorts. In 2010, Adem and Pictish Trail wrote music together under the name Silver Columns, releasing the critically-acclaimed album Yes And Dance via London taste-makers Moshi Moshi. Throughout his career Pictish Trail has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating an unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records), eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens; where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles, and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth
UK TOUR DATES AND FESTIVAL DATES:
* w/ Malcolm Middleton
WED, MAY 25 @ LEMON TREE, ABERDEEN*
THU, MAY 26 @ BEAT GENERATOR LIVE, DUNDEE*
FRI, MAY 27 @ THE ART SCHOOL, GLASGOW*
SAT, MAY 28 @ ELECTRIC CIRCUS, EDINBURGH*
TUE, MAY 31 @ SAGE, GATESHEAD*
WED, JUN 1 @ THE BULLINGDON, OXFORD*
THU, JUN 2 @ THE LEXINGTON, LONDON*
FRI, JUN 3 @ LEAF, LIVERPOOL*
SAT, JUN 4 @ DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER*
JUN 10-12 @ LONG DIVISION FESTIVAL, WAKEFIELD
JULY 1-2 @ LOST MAP’S HOWLIN’ FLING, ISLE OF EIGG [SOLD OUT]
FRI, JUL 15 @ LARMER TREE FESTIVAL, DORSET
SAT, AUG 20 @ GREEN MAN FESTIVAL, WALES
TUE, OCT 4 @ MOTH CLUB, LONDON