PICTISH TRAIL

 ‘AFTER LIFE’

THE NEW SINGLE, 

TAKEN FROM THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM FUTURE ECHOES

+ NEW LIVE DATES

 

“MYSTERIOUS CINEMATIC POP MELANCHOLIA” THE GUARDIAN

“GLAZED WITH FUN AND POP AND EXCITEMENT” ★★★★ – CLASH

“DELIGHTS IN ROVING ELECTRONICA” ★★★★ – UNCUT

“A DARK POP ALBUM, AS JOYFUL AS IT IS UNEXPECTED” ★★★★ – MOJO

A twisted polyrhythmic psychedelic disco opus reflecting on reincarnation and life lived on repeat with a chorus sung in a Jimmy Somerville-worthy falsetto, ‘After Life’ is the latest single to be taken from Pictish Trail AKA Scottish singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch’s critically-acclaimed third album Future Echoes. The track will impact on December 23, 2016. Released in September on Lost Map Records  with distribution courtesy of Caroline International, Future Echoes earned ★★★★ reviews from MOJO, Uncut, Clash and The Scotsman among others. Pictish Trail will play a couple of very special stripped back songwriters-circle headline shows in December, accompanied by his friends James Yorkston and Dan Willson AKA Withered Hand, ahead of a full-band headline date at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in January. See reverse for full dates and details.

 

Something of a sonic hermit, Pictish Trail has spent large parts of the past few years tucked away in his caravan on the Hebridean isle of Eigg, feverishly working on the follow up to Secret Soundz Vol. 1&2, his critically-acclaimed double album of DIY electronic folk-tinged croft pop, released in 2014. Future Echoes is the mesmerising result. Written in remote seclusion but recorded in the bustling heart of London, it reunites Pictish Trail with Adem Ilhan, who produces the majority of the record. Johnny and Adem previously wrote music together in 2010 under the name Silver Columns, releasing the hugely well received album Yes And Dance via London taste-makers Moshi Moshi. Future Echoes features additional production and mixing from Rob Jones (Sweet Baboo, Slow Club) and drumming from Alex Thomas (Fridge, Squarepusher, Air, Bat For Lashes) and was mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering.

Throughout his career Pictish Trail has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records) while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth.

A very personal musing on mortality, the death of friendships and the finality of things, Future Echoes represents the most confident, cohesive and pop-savvy collection of music Pictish Trail has written to date. The album’s opener and first single ‘Far Gone (Don’t Leave)’ takes its cues both musically and thematically from the Coen brothers’ Fargo, adding a tongue-in-cheek hip-hop beat, raspy Casio keyboard bassline and echo-slathered vocal over the top of a queasy sample based on that film’s theme tune. ‘Dead Connection’ is a dizzying and very danceable dispatch of ghostly electro all about attempted discourse with the dead and accepting that what is gone is gone. ‘Half Life’ slows things down at the album’s half way stage for a by-turns shuddering and twinkling take on decaying and yet somehow still interminable relationships. Its companion-piece ‘After Life’ brings Future Echoes to a head-spinning conclusion.

 

pictishtrail.co.uk ///  lostmap.com

 

 

PICTISH TRAIL LIVE:

 

TUE, DEC 20 @ UNION CHAPEL, LONDON (ACOUSTIC) [TICKETS]
WED, JAN 18 @ BBC 6MUSIC SESSION, W/ MARC RILEY
FRI, JAN 20 @ CELTIC CONNECTIONS, ORAN MOR, GLASGOW [TICKETS]

THU, APR 6 @ GULLIVERS, MANCHESTER [TICKETS]
FRI, APR 7 @ OSLO, LONDON [ON SALE SOON]
FRI, APR 14 @ BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, LEEDS [ON SALE TOMORROW]

 

SELECT MEDIA PRAISE FOR FUTURE ECHOES:

 

“GLAZED WITH FUN AND POP AND EXCITEMENT” ★★★★CLASH

“DELIGHTS IN ROVING ELECTRONICA” ★★★★UNCUT

“A DARK POP ALBUM, AS JOYFUL AS IT IS UNEXPECTED” ★★★★MOJO

“PURVEYOR OF THE FINEST SPACE-AGE DISCO-WONK-POP” ★★★★THE ARTS DESK

“HIS VOICE HAS NEVER SOUNDED BETTER” ★★★★THE SCOTSMAN

“UNDOUBTEDLY HIS ALBUM BEST YET” ★★★★GOD IS IN THE TV

“LYNCH’S VOICE IS CONSISTENT, STRONG AND ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL”THE QUIETUS

“MYSTERIOUS CINEMATIC POP MELANCHOLIA”THE GUARDIAN

“A WELL-CRAFTED COLLECTION OF SONGS”RECORD COLLECTOR

“CONFIDENT, SPANGLY POP MUSIC”Q

“OUT GOES THE HOMESPUN, LO-FI FEEL, IN COMES A BIGGER, SHINIER, POPPIER SENSIBILITY” – THE HERALD

“BY FAR THE MOST BONZO POP RECORD JOHNNY HAS EVER DONE” – THE 405

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:
LOST MAP RECORDS was established in 2013, from founder and director Johnny Lynch’s caravan home on the Planet Eigg (56°54’N, 06°10’W). A brand new micro-label and collective unshackled by style or genre, it was formed with a pioneering spirit to reassess how we discover and explore music amid the disorientating digital geography of the 21st century, through physical and digital releases, events, festivals and all destinations in between. The Lost Map roster currently includes Rozi Plain, Kid Canaveral, Seamus Fogarty, Randolph’s Leap, eagleowl, Monoganon, The Pictish Trail, Tuff Love, Insect Heroes, Victoria Hume, ICHI and Lazy Day. Critically-lauded and sold-out large-scale Lost Map events to date have included the Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles seasonal all-dayers in Edinburgh in December 2013, 2014 and 2015, Howlin’ Fringe all-dayers at Penicuik Town Hall in August 2015 and Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre in October 2016, and the epic Howlin’ Fling festivals on the isle of Eigg in July 2014 and July 2016.
JOHNNY LYNCH, AKA THE PICTISH TRAIL is Director of Lost Map Records. A singer-songwriter in his own right, Johnny has released a number of LPs, mini-albums, EPs, and singles under his Pictish moniker. Critically-acclaimed 2008 debut album, Secret Soundz Vol. 1, was a gloriously eclectic slice of lo-fi folk-pop that saw Pictish tour the globe. January 2013 saw the release of the equally well-received Secret Soundz Vol. 2. Johnny also performs as Silver Columns, an electro-pop collaboration with Adem (Fridge) – whose album YES AND DANCE was released through London-based tastemakers Moshi Moshi. In June 2014 Moshi Moshi released both of The Pictish Trail’s Secret Soundz albums as a special double-disc package in cooperation with Lost Map. His new album Future Echoes was released to further critical-acclaim in September 2016.