Updated: Nov 12, 2021
It is with great pleasure that we launch our new series of articles – Single of the Week – in which we review the latest releases by talented artists, as well as featuring them on our 'Friends of Ganbei' Spotify playlist.
Our first artist is VULIN – stage name for Fowlis-based Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Craig MacLeod – who just released his solo debut single "Distorted Silence", a song that perfectly encapsulates all of our conflicted feelings and oxymoronic emotions at the end of this atypical summer. MacLeod's musical career started back in 2001 and his songwriting has been praised as work which captures "emotional maturity and possesses anthemically charged moments, powerful melodic ideas and engaging lyrics" (The Daily Record).
Written, produced and mixed by MacLeod, "Distorted Silence" showcases the artist’s talent for songwriting and production, as well as, his very communicative lyricism. The song came alive during this past COVID-19 lockdown and has therefore been recorded remotely by all the musicians involved. It features musicians Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow) and Graeme Smillie (Arab Strap, Emma Pollock), alongside contributions from former Dante members, Stuart Hosking, Euan McLaughlin and Seán McLaughlin, and has been mastered by Guy Davie (The Smiths, Björk, Mogwai, The Shins, Sigur Rós, etc).
This is a dynamic song, which immediately starts with a soft, yet heartbreaking, acoustic guitar. As it progresses, every additional instrument enriches the sound and builds up the emotional journey of the song. Each string, percussion, and vocal adds another layer to the dramatic atmosphere, which culminates with the very emotional words "hold me fast".
When asked about his greatest inspirations for this solo project, MacLeod cited the Manchester Orchestra, Bon Iver, City and Colour, Pinegrove and Frightened Rabbit, and there is no doubt that "Distorted Silence" perfectly fits the long tradition of intimate lyrics and melancholic ambience, not forgetting VULIN's strong and poignant voice.
"Distorted Silence" was released on 4th September 2020 through all major digital and streaming music retailers and you can follow VULIN via these links:
If you have an upcoming release and would like it to be considered for our 'Friends of Ganbei' Spotify playlist, then feel free to contact us.