Under the Radar: These Southern Lands

Inspired by the climate crisis, the new album from These Southern Lands draws on a range of different styles, write Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon
Duncan Sutherland of These Southern LandsDuncan Sutherland of These Southern Lands
Duncan Sutherland of These Southern Lands

These Southern Lands is the brainchild of Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Duncan Sutherland, working with producer Kim Moore (aka WOLF) and a cast of international musicians drawn from the ranks of the Nevis Ensemble.

Their forthcoming album, Midnight Oil, is released on 8 April and draws on a range of styles. The synth pop of debut track Hear Me scored single of the week on Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show, while follow-up Peace Vs Quit demonstrates a more cinematic feel and Fun In Pink (out on 25 March) is guaranteed to appeal to fans of the Lightning Seeds.

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Sutherland has a PhD in renewable energy and this collection of songs is inspired by the climate crisis, something which feels particularly evident on the track Lost In A Forest, which shifts from contemporary classical to trad and finishes with birdsong. It all makes for a compelling mix, which we look forward to experiencing live at the album launch, taking place on 3 April at Glasgow venue The Old Hairdressers. For more information visit www.facebook.com/thesesouthernlands

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night Born To Be Wide, www.borntobewide.co.uk

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