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Spiral Sounds is the first track taken from Algernon Doll’s debut album, Camomile, which is set for release on 26th November 2012 via Newtown Products.
The brainchild of Ewan Grant, Algernon Doll’s Camomile is a cathartic journey through a difficult year dealing with the mentally debilitating toils of extreme anxiety disorder and bipolar. The album documents the struggles Ewan endured in his own mind and his own world, a world confined very much to the four walls of his flat.
Ewan possesses a rare ability of writing off kilter alt-folk music that has depth and richness, which elevates him above the more mainstream folk artists that have arisen in recent years. Camomile is a record that undulates from track to track with a sense of unease and yet there is still an unmistakable strain of beauty coursing through each and every note.
On tracks like “Spiral Sounds”, we get a sense of Ewan’s expert acoustic guitar picking. The record is further enhanced by double tracked vocals, jolting time changes and in the case of “Strung Between”, post-rock style guitar that dreamily echoes into the distance. Lyrically, Algernon Doll paints a picture of weariness, loss and paranoia. The album blurs the line between fantasy and reality as Ewan wrestles with his own demons, both past and present.
Having come from a family of musicians and composers, Ewan Grant always seemed destined for a life in music. After initially making his way in the punk and hardcore scene, and relishing the aggression that can be expressed in such a format, Ewan felt he needed to progress his sound in order to express the complexity of his feelings.
Camomile was recorded at the tail end of 2011 by Tom Mitchell (Allegro, Black Channels, The Barents Sea) and is the first full offering of Algernon Doll’s unique talent. Having supported the likes of Franz Nicolay (Against Me), Chris T-T, Esperi and Willis Earl Beal and with Camomile out at the end of November, Algernon Doll look set to become an influential member of the Scottish music scene.
Camomile is out via Newtown Products on 26th November.