Scottish Fiction Records are proud to present 'Cord', the brand new, long awaited, single from Beerjacket.
'Cord' is the first track to be taken from Beerjacket's most ambitious project to date – album and correspondencing book 'Silver Cords'. Accompanying the 12 songs on the album are a collection of 12 short stories; intertwined with the music, intended for consumption alongside it. Of the project Kelly says, “At some point in the writing of 'Silver Cords', I decided the record would live in a book and that each song would be accompanied by a short story inspired by its lyrics.”
The tenderness of the music ebbs and flows, conveyed perfectly with lead single 'Cord'. Refreshing in its simplistic truth, the track is an elucidation of why Beerjacket has become the cult figure, despite his modesty, within Scottish music that he is. The accompanying short story, Shoots of Life, focuses on that one connection in your life that holds everything together. The cord that connects everything.
“I’ve always believed that as people, the threads that tie us together don't just connect us to each other, they connect us to ourselves and define the ‘selves’ that we claim as ours. The decisions we make are seldom made alone and we are seldom alone, even on our own.” – Excerpt from 'Shoots of Life'.
The combination of sound and print is something unique to 'Silver Cords'. Having released five albums in the traditional manner Kelly was keen to release something truly special. To make something physical that won't be cast adrift on a shelf in favour of its digital imprint. This pairing creates an ethereal tone which binds the stories with a dreamlike, magic realism quality, and certain recurring themes of isolation, now-ness, interconnectedness, loss, and fear. Kelly started writing the album in 2015 and its completion has taken 3 years. “Story by story, approximately once a month, the songs’ siblings entered the room. My imagination has superimposed details on the real-life buildings that inspired settings and, in some way, the stories play out there interminably now on three to five minute loops.”
- Folk & Singer-Songwriter