Taking it to the Brink...

The Jezabels
The Jezabels

John Murray savours some stunning guitar work on new album

Hearing the stunning guitar power on a song called The Brink I did imagine it was The Edge but then again where was Bono?

Could it be a reborn Johnny Marr?

It was actually Sam Lockwood and the vocalist was Hayley Mary from The Jezabels.

The next few tracks were special too with Time To Dance equally energetic and Look Of Love becoming as polished as anything before it and with added strings but far enough down the mix as not to dominate.

The pace does not diminish until Psychotherapy and it still sound like an anthem.

The Brink (Play It Again Sam) is only their second album and they bring all this to a series of shows in the UK and Europe.

A flying visit to Glasgow Oran Mor on February 26 is our chance on this tour.

With no dates in Scotland Canadian folk rocker Basia Bulat lets her music do the talking and on her third album Tall Tall Shadow (Secret City) with even more crafted songs.

Known for her instrumentation of the autoharp tracks like It Can’t Be You has a charm of its own with a fragile voice (dare I say it) like the very early Joni Mitchell.

Closer to home Glasgow boys Gifted Kings release their first album this week.

Formed by the Murray brothers and the Smith brothers they were proud to record their video at the Barras but delighted to record the album at Rockfield Studios.

The result is the album Lose What Makes You a guitar driven rocker with riffs to die for.

After a series of EPs Breton release War Room Stories (Believe).

Electro and industrial the album has sampled sounds from the Funkhaus studio in Berlin a former communist propaganda broadcast unit.

Merge this with the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and you get a creative mix of pop and indie electro seldom heard these days but still with a following.