Karine Polwart – Traces
The beautiful, poignant, evocative 5th solo album from one of Scotland’s most celebrated and loved singer-songwriters.
Produced by Iain Cook (one half of Glasgow band The Unwinding Hours, and an experienced composer for television) ‘Traces’ draws inspiration from the history and symbolism of St Paul’s Cathedral via The Occupy Movement (in the sweeping ‘King of Birds’), ponders the ways in which Charles Darwin’s family life might have impacted on him as a thinker (in the poignant ‘We’re All Leaving’) and recalls the childhood mystique of the BP petrochemical plant at Grangemouth on the River Forth (in the uplifting ‘Tinsel Show’).
A visceral connection to “the crimson towers of the city you were born in” underpins the hypnotic and percussive insistence of ‘Tears for Lots Wife’; whilst the elegiac harmonium and accordion duet of ‘Sticks N Stones’ conjures the leaving of a family home via “inch marks on door frames” and the imprint of “hopes in the plasterboard”.
“This album shimmers with poetry, humanity & what I can only describe as sheer wonder.” – Scotsman ✭✭✭✭✭
“A complex, thoughtful, engrossing and ultimately substantial album” – fRoots
“One of our most lyrically striking, and significant, artists.” – The List ✭✭✭✭
“One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain” – The Guardian ✭✭✭✭
“Bright vocals and an unflinching social eye” – The Observer ✭✭✭✭
“An impressively mature collection” – Independent ✭✭✭✭
“An understated yet remarkable album” – The Herald
“A carefully crafted delight” – The Sun ✭✭✭✭
“Intensely written and arresting” – FT ✭✭✭✭
Label: Hegri Music
Catalogue Number: HEGRICD08
Release Date: 13th August 2012