Sitting here listening to what I (and many others) think was the best album of last year, I thought I’d better share it with you ib case you’ve missed it.
The album is ‘Traces’ by Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart. This is a wonderfully constructed, played and sung album. Karine is a bit of a radical but, hey, that’s OK around here!
The first track on the album, “Cover Your Eyes” is kind of dedicated to that lunatic Donald Trump. The song is Karine’s response to the famous golf course development. A section of lyric:
The tide still ebbs and flows
where the Ythan meets the ocean
And not even God himself
could can stop the northerlies from blowing
You can tear these dunes asunder
Pound this wonder into dust
with your cruel hands and crooked hearts
laden with lust and expensive lies
But the haar will stumble in to cover your eyes
The haar will stumble
Here’s a You Tube clip of this song being played during the Celtic Connections Festival.
As I said, this is my album of last year, achingly beautiful. You can get it here: