State Broadcasters release their second album, The Ghosts We Must Carry, tomorrow. It’s so good, I’ve been listening to it on repeat whilst playing Age of Empires II.
Randolph’s Leap are a Glasweigan folk act who are due release their EP, Battleships and Kettle Chips, on the 15th of November. The EP is also the first release of the fledgling record label Olive Grove Records. But Dauphin gets to listen to it before you do. Why? Because we have good manners, and because you’re a peasant.
Moving on from feudal hierarchies to new music; Randolph’s Leap are a folk-minimalist band with strong overtones of Neutral Milk Hotel and early Belle & Sebastian. Lead vocalist Adam Ross excels in his role as frontman/storyteller; showing a readiness to tackle both Celtic folk mysticism on Cassie O’Tone and simple cute pop on Back To Square One. Whereas the stripped-back acoustic melodies on Going Home reveal a leaning towards the anti-folk delicacy of Laura Marling, the a capella harmonies owe more to Fleet Foxes or Stornoway. The climbing, rousing chorus of As I Lie In The Mud will appeal to fans of Edinburgh-based Chasing Owls, whilst the quirky, chirpy charm of final tune Undergod is a palm-sized cocklewarmer.
Quite frankly, this is just a really good collection of songs.
Randolph’s Leap offer a hidden vein of folk-coloured precious stone on Battleships and Kettle Chips, and it’s a mine that might not stay hidden for long if they continue producing tracks as good as this. Keep on truckin’.