Starless is the project of ex-Love and Money founding member Paul McGeechan. He has been a prominent figure in the music industry since the early 1980’s. Best known for his work with homegrown artists; he has also worked with a diverse range of artists from Beyoncé Knowles to Pavarotti.
Starless allows him to fluently demonstrate his consummate skill as a composer, arranger and producer. The range of guests on the album also testify to Pauls standing in the music community at large.
Earthbound is the second Starless album after his eponymous debut. As ever, production levels are sky high. The first thing you notice is how beautifully mixed the album is. Every instrument and voice have their own space. The whole thing shines and you feel like you are there in the room with them.
Earthbound features more collaboration from top names in Scottish traditional music including recurring featured vocals from Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson, Chris Thomson and Marie Clare Lee, with new additions, Steven Lindsay (The Big Dish), Grahame Skinner (Hipsway), Emma Pollock (The Delgado’s) and Jerry Burns.
The track ‘Breakdown’ featuring Steven Lindsay is my album highlight. A slow burner with a nod to Massive Attack in its orchestration. Stevens voice really soars in the chorus reminding me of some of the best Big Dish songs like ‘European Rain’ or ‘Waiting on the Parade’.
If grand soundscapes and a pointed ear for musical detail are your thing then you will love this album.
Earthbound is available now via Last Night From Glasgow.