New Scottish music: Modern Studies

The term supergroup tends to conjure up images of self-indulgent aging rockers, usually past their sell-by date.
Modern Studies. Picture: Jannica HoneyModern Studies. Picture: Jannica Honey
Modern Studies. Picture: Jannica Honey

However, Modern Studies are the exception, bringing together the combined talents of the amazing Emily Scott, the ubiquitous Rob St John, drummer/venue manager Joe Smillie and arguably Scotland’s most prolific cellist Pete Harvey. Carried by a piano melody and Scott’s captivating vocals,the band’s debut single Ten White Horses begins as an understated joy before building into a magical climax of quirky brilliance.

The single gives a taste of Modern Studies’ debut album, Swell To Great, which is released on Song, By Toad Records in September, and we predict it will be a contender for next year’s SAY Award.

Expect a bunch of dates to be announced soon and in the meantime listen at