Hamish Hawk releases a new single, ‘Calls to Tiree’, as a digital download.
It follows up recent track ‘Caterpillar’ which was playlisted on 6music, Radio X, Amazing US and on Radio Eins in Germany, and is taken from forthcoming album ‘Heavy Elevator’.
The single, like the album’s ten tracks, was written with core band members Andrew Pearson (guitars) and Stefan Maurice (keys, drums), with the trio, as Hawk puts it, having “joined forces officially, each contributing to the songwriting process.”
Also part of the team is Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones, who recorded the new material at his Edinburgh-based Post Electric Studio over the space of a fortnight last autumn, with the band fleshed out by Alex Duthie (bass) and John Cashman (keyboards), as well as incorporating guest vocals from Katie Buchan (aka Best Girl Athlete) and Dan ‘Withered Hand’ Willson.
Jones previously recorded Hawk’s 2018 release ‘Laziest River’, a collection of piano ballads written with Maurice, and is now managing the act.
Previous releases have included ‘Mull’ – an EP featuring King Creosote and released on vinyl via the Fife songwriter’s Alter Ego Trading Company imprint.
Those four songs were recorded on Mull, produced by Gordon Maclean at An Tobar in Tobermory, as was Hawk’s first full-band album, 2016’s ‘From Zero to One’ (the band assembled primarily to support King Creosote at Perth Concert Hall.
Of the new single, the Edinburgh-born songwriter says: “‘Calls to Tiree’ was one of the older songs on the record, and when I hear it, I can hear that in my words. That said, it was given an entirely new lease of life by the band, most especially by Andrew’s early demo of it.
“It gave it rhythm, and the finger-pointing attitude that the lyrics were calling out for. It turned ‘d’you know what it’s like?’ into what it was always meant to be: a guilty man taking the stand, pointing fingers, blaming the jury for his wrongdoings.”