Randolph’s Leap release their fourth studio album, ‘Spirit Level’, via Fika Recordings.
Available on vinyl, CD and digitally, the 11 tracks include previous singles ‘Moment Passed‘, ‘BMH’, and ‘Up In Smoke‘ – the latter of which accidentally referencing the album’s close escape when Pete MacDonald’s house caught fire – the band’s keyboard player had been engineering, mixing and producing the sessions at home.
Fortunately the album – recorded over a period of a year in Glasgow – had already been sent off to mastering, although the inferno sadly consumed everything bar MacDonald and his pet hedgehog, Frida.
The titular ‘spirit level’ references the unsettled spell writing the album, frontman and singer/songwriter Adam Ross uprooting after a decade in Glasgow to a lopsided house in rural Aberdeenshire, as well as shifting phases in his well-being and happiness, and reflecting on the untimely death of two greatly admired acquaintances.
The eight-piece – named after a scenic location on the River Findhorn – was previously a front for the solo project of Adam Ross, but now including up to eight people in the full live band also including Adam Armour-Florence (drums), Ali Hendry (trumpet), Andrew MacLellan (guitar), Fraser Gibson (trombone) Heather Fox (violin), and Vicki Cole (bass).
The band released their debut long-player ‘Clumsy Knot’ in 2014, followed by another four live and studio albums and a handful of singles across Fence Records, Olive Grove and Lost Map.
In 2018 a touring theatre show called The Isle of Love was devised around the songs of the band, who have also recorded several Marc Riley sessions, performed at Green Man, T in the Park, Indietracks, and The Edinburgh Fringe, and have toured with The Burning Hell and James Yorkston.