Our Song of the Day comes via chamber pop band Modern Studies whose players hark from Glasgow-via-Yorkshire led by Glasgow songwriter Emily Scott and some old pals and collaborators: Pete Harvey (King Creosote, The Leg), Joe Smillie (boss of Glasgow’s The Glad Cafe) and Rob St. John. Listen to Dive Bombing above, taken from their forthcoming album Swell to Great, released via Song, by Toad Records on the 12th September 2016.
Their quietly experimental landscape songs are played on analogue synths, cello, double bass, drums, guitars, a wine-glass orchestra and, at the creaking centre of things, a Victorian pedal harmonium.
The band also began an ongoing collaboration with London-based label Earth Recordings in 2015, contributing a Shirley Collins cover ‘The Bold Fisherman’ to the ‘Shirley Inspired’ tribute LP (review here). More releases with Earth are planned for later in the year.
Modern Studies will play a selection of UK shows and festivals throughout 2016 including Port Eliot Festival (Cornwall) – July 28th on the Caught by the River Stage.
Available on Digital CD and Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl. Order it via Bandcamp: songbytoadrecords.bandcamp.com/album/swell-to-great