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The Making Of You
Released: 26th June 2020
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First pressing on orange vinyl. CD version in digi-pack.
At a time when some of our tastes have been re-set by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs’ English Weather and Occasional Rain compilations along comes a record that feels like a spiritual descendant of these more optimistic, progressive times. Taking loose cues from touchstone late 60s, early 70s records by Fairport Convention, Caravan and Prelude, The Making Of You has a lovely, natural feel, of people playing together in a room, listening to each other. Not quite Vernon Elliott and pals jamming out Oliver Postgate themes in a village hall but it does come from what feels like a very nice place.
This is Snowgoose’s second record - the first, Harmony Springs, which was also excellent, being entirely written by co-founder, Jim McCulloch. The Making Of You marks the start of a different phase for the group, the songwriting being a collaboration between Jim and Anna Sheard, the group’s vocalist. These songs feel very much lived in, Sheard’s strong, earthy vocals sound better than ever. At a time when it's almost embarrassing to be British they feel very much part of a better tradition, unweighed down by patriotism but reflecting land and landscape.
Recorded in Red Kite Studio in Wales, and in Raymond McGinlay’s home studio, The Making Of You features a stellar cast of Glasgow musicians alongside McCulloch and Sheard. Sheard’s voice is rightly the centre-point but this is a great ensemble record with musicians drawn from Teenage Fanclub (McGinlay, Dave McGowan), Belle & Sebastian (Chris Geddes), Camera Obscura (Tim Davidson), The Wellgreen / Euros Childs' group (Stuart Kidd), The Bluebells (Ken McCluskey), Sound Of Yell (Stevie Jones), with Davie Scott on arrangements. The artwork, which is bold and printy is by Sheard.
The Making Of You is a complex and rewarding album, it will be on end of year lists for sure. The first pressing is on orange vinyl and will go quickly. On Dave Barker’s resurgent Glass Modern label.