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Radar weekly: The latest from the Scottish music scene

eagleowl have revealed plans for the debut album. Picture: Neil Crummock

eagleowl have revealed plans for the debut album. Picture: Neil Crummock

IN THIS week’s new music digest: eagleowl‘s debut album plans; Conquering Animal Sound‘s new video; Hobbes Music launches remix EP series; Three Blind Wolves announce May tour; plus this week’s gig picks.

eagleowl reveal debut album plans

Fence Records have announced that their newest signings, Edinburgh band eagleowl (Radar profile), will release their debut album in a few months’ time.

Titled this silent year, the album will be available on May 13, although anyone attending Fence’s Gnomegame festival in Anstruther over the weekend of April 6-7 will get an exclusive chance to buy it early.

As well as Gnomegame, eagleowl will also play two album launch shows at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh on May 10 and the Glad Café in Glasgow on May 12.

Watch the short, mysterious trailer for the album…

Video preview of new Conquering Animal Sound album

Experimental pop duo Conquering Animal Sound have offered fans a taster of their second album, On Floating Bodies, which is released on Chemikal Underground on March 15.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hoZF2v8N0G0|The psychedelic video|Link to video} for the first single from the LP, The Future Does Not Require, features singer Anneke Kampman and a kaleidoscopic, colourful montage of seas and boats.

The band are currently supporting CHVRCHES on their short UK tour this week. They play Thekla, Bristol tonight (25 Feb) and ICA, London tomorrow (27 Feb).

New label announces remix EP series

Word reached us this week of a brand new label which aims to set some of Scotland’s finest talent firmly in an international context. The endeavour is called Hobbes Music and is the brainchild of Hobbes, a well-known DJ, producer and promoter in Edinburgh, who is behind the Trouble and Limbo nights.

The first release on the new imprint, Midnight Thunder (Trouble Remixes Volume I), certainly lives up to the billing, with an iO Sounds remix of Conquering Animal Sound‘s Treehouses, Neil Landstrumm‘s take on Auntie Flo‘s Sun Ritual, JD Twitch‘s interpretation of HRH‘s Pinky Ring and the Nightwave remix of Heavy Weather from Leonidas & Hobbes himself.

It’s the first in a series of remix EPs and is available on limited edition 12″ vinyl, plus download, on March 18.

Three Blind Wolves hit the road

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Three Blind Wolves. The Glasgow country-rockers are currently supporting Frightened Rabbit up and down the UK, and last week they announced a new single, called In Here Somewhere. Now, as well as posting the video for that song, 3BW, as we like to call ‘em, have announced their own tour in May, in support of debut album Sing Hallelujah for the Old Machine, out May 6. Scottish dates in May as follows:

15 – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow

16 – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow

17 – 20 ROCKS, Dundee

18 – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline

• The Twilight Sad will play a semi-electric set at the closing party for the West End Festival at Oran Mor, Glasgow on June 23. Also playing will be Edinburgh alt-folk favourites Meursault, with more acts to be announced. Tickets are on sale now.

• Glasgow band LUCA have unveiled their second single, Summer, ahead of their debut album Sectioned, which is due for release in April. They play the Tenement Trail festival in Glasgow on Saturday 9 March.

Listen on SoundCloud

• Last week we reported the return of new music show RAPAL on BBC Alba, and you can watch the first episode, featuring Discopolis, John Wean, The Holy Ghosts and Paul McGranaghan on the iPlayer (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qq5xt/Rapal_Series_6_Episode_1/|RAPAL, Series 6 Episode 1|Link to iPlayer}).

Frightened Rabbit have posted the school prom-themed video for their new single ‘Backyard Skulls’…

On the Radar – No 221: Vladimir

Dundee doom-mongers Vladimir make sound engineers cry and are on good terms with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Read a Q&A with the band ahead of the release of their second EP in March

Gig picks…

Frightened Rabbit, Wintersleep, Three Blind Wolves

Tuesday @HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, 7pm (sold out)

Wednesday @ Aberdeen Music Hall, 7pm, £15

Thursday @ Glasgow Barrowland, 7pm (sold out)

The Joy Formidable

Tonight (Tuesday) @ Oran Mor, Glasgow, 7pm, £14.75

Camera Obscura

Wednesday @ CCA, Glasgow, 8pm, £12

Richard Thompson

Thursday @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 7.30pm, £20 – £25

The Hidden Orchestra

Thursday @ Oran Mor, Glasgow, 7pm, £12

Friday @ The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 7pm, £12

Loch Lomond

Thursday @ King Tut’s, Glasgow, 8pm, £10

Bastille

Friday @ Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 7.30pm, £12

Saturday @ Oran Mor, Glasgow, 7.30pm, £12

Neu! Reekie (BMX Bandits, Miriam Gamble, Scott Hutchison, Ron Butlin)

Friday @ Summerhall, Edinburgh, 7pm, £7

Kid Canaveral album launch

Friday and Saturday @ The Glad Café, Glasgow, 8pm, £8

Holy Esque + Father Sculptor (SXSW fundraiser)

Friday @ Broadcast, Glasgow, 8.30pm, £5

Tango In The Attic + Captains + Pronto Mama + Broken Boy

Friday @ Non-Zero’s, Dundee, 8pm, £5

Egyptian Hip-Hop

Friday @ Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow, 8pm, £7

Saturday @ Electric Circus, Edinburgh, 7pm, £7

CHVRCHES + Young Fathers

Saturday @ The Arches, Glasgow, 7pm, £8 (sold out)

Sigur Ros

Saturday @ SECC, Glasgow, 6.30pm, £27.50

 

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