Adam Beattie has announced his new album Somewhere Round the Bend. Released November 27th, it comes fresh off the back of two collaborative albums – one as Pica Pica alongside folk musician of the year Josienne Clarke, Grammy-nominated producer Sonny Johns and singer/songwriter, Samantha Whates – the other as part of Scottish supergroup Band of Burns.
Somewhere Around the Bend is a reflection of all Beattie has loved and lost on his voyage to perfect his craft; one that has seen him invited to play alongside the likes of Bert Jansch, Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes. All the more pertinent now, the Aberdeenshire balladeer mourns long-loved venues gone forever, pre-Brexit freewheeling European tours and missed opportunities for romance. In the spirit of the best folklorists though, it’s a way of life he refuses to let die. More so than anything, Somewhere Round The Bend is an attestation of Beattie’s hardwearing belief in the human spirit to overcome all in its path.
Take a listen to the lead track, via the video, below…
“‘Somewhere Round The Bend’ refers to the imagination stretching back into the past and forth into the future. The songs are intended to all transport you into their own unique world, they are all set in a very different time and place”, says Beattie.
The rollercoaster of emotions he experiences along the way echoes through to the album’s diverse instrumentation. The title track, which also opens the album, is eerie and foreboding, Beattie unsure what will await him when his feet touch the ground.