Monday 2 January 2012

2012 on Kowalskiy!

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to anyone out there reading this.  Hope it's a good 'un for you!  Now that Old Grandfather Time has counted down to the end of 2011 and welcomed in the new one, I thought I'd kick off 2012 with a few things you can expect from Kowalskiy in the next twelve months. 

Given one of my last posts was my top albums of last year, it feels a bit weird to start 2012 with me listing three early contenders for this years accolade.  But all three are fairly amazing!  Besides, it wouldn't be right not to give you the heads up on a few of the albums that'll be hitting the shelves in the not-so-distant future.  One that's been burning itself into my subconscious for the last six months is Lo-fi Disgrace, the debut from Laurence & the Slab BoysWord has it that it'll finally see the light of day in 2012 with an outside chance of a "splendid and uplifting" follow-up too.

If Larry doesn't end up with a mention in my Top 5 of 2012 then this year is gonna be pretty f**king special!

What else.. well, did you download my last free EP of 2011?  If so, you'll have been treated to the opening track from Now Wakes The Sea's debut album Fluoxetine Morning.  I introduced Glasgow instrumentalists Redwings a while back.  NWTS is guitarist-gone-solo Alan McCormack.  There's a bunch of releases on his bandcamp already, but you can think of this lo-fi Middletonesque one as an unexpected late Christmas pressie. 

Last one is the triumphant return of... wait for it... Mull Historical Society.  When I interviewed Colin back in July he was signed up to PledgeMusic to help fund his follow-up to The Island.  It's now got over the 100% mark and all us lucky pledgers have received our download of City Awakenings.  It's vintage MHS and it is absolutely superb!  It'll be out soon, but I'm sure you can still pledge and get it right away.  Keep your eyes peeled for all three albums!

As for on Kowalskiy.  Cancel The Astronauts have passed the Takeover! baton on to one of my favourite artists on these fair shores.  So you can expect some madness to ensue in the not-so-distant-future.  As well as that, I'll be foregoing the usual 'XX Tips for 20XX'.  Instead, my 5 hotly-tipped bands for all-round-musical greatness in 2012 have all (thankfully) agreed to appear on January's free Kowalskiy EP.  So, until the 16th, you'll just need to be patient, though you do get a sneak preview of the cover art opposite!

Other than that, after a short two-post foray into the best that Canadian music has to offer, you can expect more of the same from me with one wee twist.  As an experiment of sorts, I've decided to keep track of where in Scotland each and every band I feature in 2012 is from in my Grand (Musical) Tour of Scotland.  That first one... that's me!

All the best for 2012 folks!

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