Out of the blue ...

Heidi Talbot
Heidi Talbot

John Murray on the return of some great names

The 2013 Angels Without Wings album from Heidi Talbot was a huge success and with guests that ranged from Mark Knopfler, King Creosote, Julie Fowlis and Phil Cunningham the overall sound complimented her vocals to perfection.

Catch her tomorrow (Friday) in Carnegie Hall Dunfermline.

Frustrating as it is when your fave act lies dormant for years then out of the blue delivers a full album (almost) unannounced. Joy of expectation or fears of disappointment?

Mixed reviews of last year’s David Bowie album still saw him nominated for a BRIT Award and this year the sudden tour announcement from Kate Bush means 22 dates in one venue takes in the whole of September.

First dates in 35 years meant tickets sold out in minutes only to appear on auction sites for £1500 again, just minutes later.

Just who develops the software that gets you through to official ticket agencies so efficiently to buy these up when ordinary fans can’t get access by email, or phone to buy just two?

No Kate album announced yet though but this very week Pixies surprised everyone with a new album and their first since 1991.

Indie Candy (Pixiesmusic) even had a vinyl version in time for Record Store Day as a two-disc heavy vinyl gatefold.

On hearing the new track Bagboy what a refreshing piece of modern indie they have here yet they can still shock with Silver Snail which could have come from an AC/DC session.

Produced from sessions in October 2012 by Gil Norton who was behind their acclaimed Doolittle Bossanova and Trompe le Monde albums, several cuts have been leaked already from EPs issued in September last year and January 2014.

The album however is a collective of these and available together for the first time. With Snakes and (the title track) Indie Candy they still can deliver the innovative garage that endeared us to them two decades ago.