By Toutatis are a non-Scottish favourite of Dauphin. They have a new single out on August 13, which is available as a free download or as a limited edition CD with fancy artwork.
I’ve been listening to it a lot over the last couple of days; my new flat has no broadband for the moment so I’ve been stocking up on sentences, as it were. They remind me a lot of Stornoway or Villagers (I don’t want to sound like some tabloid pop hack and say they sound just like Mumford & Sons because they have acoustic guitars, but they really do sound alike, in a good way). So they fit the ‘new folk’ mould pretty snuggly.
Sailor’s Church and High Gallows Tree are both brilliant folk tracks, and the confluence of electric instruments and string ones is really very fine. I found out about them via their Southern compatriots Tiny Birds, though the only time I’d group them is on the delicate final track The Good Lies.