We Sink Ships Exhibitions

By now you all know my love of the work of photographers We Sink Ships.  Well they have 2 wonderful online exhibitions over at their website at the moment.  One is entitled ‘Beyond Words’ and documents the works of a number of different photographers.  Photos inspired by books.  The second exhibition is entitled ‘Elements. Water’ and the photos in this, by Neil and Heidi, are pretty self explanatory.  Two excellent exhibitions that you should not hesitate in checking out.  Enjoy


Artist Profile: The Lotus Project

I am very aware that this week this blog has turned into a Kays Lavelle fest due to the release of ‘the hours’ and all the nice press that we’ve received.  I’m sure people who read this blog regularly probably quite enjoy the fact that it’s not all about me!  So I apologise for getting a little caught up in the Kays this week.

As way of an apology, I thought it would be nice to do a little artist profile on a group I recently stumbled upon.  Running Trampoline, I get a hell of a lot of messages asking for gigs.  I’m not sure if the bands realise that we only have a monthly slot, or even bother to read the blurb on our myspace page about “we’ll contact you” but more often than not we have our nights planned well in advance and we know who we want to play.  Also, quite often, the stuff I get sent is not stuff I’m going to be interested in putting on.  However, now and again an artist e-mails me asking for a show and they really do make an impression on me.  The Lotus Project are one of these artists.  These guys randomly e-mailed me the other week about getting a show and when I listened to them I really liked what I heard.  I asked them for some more tracks and the tracks they sent me were even better.  Really lovely stuff.  They appear to be a 2 piece and they appear to have only recently moved to Edinburgh and are slowly finding their feet in the Edinburgh scene.  So I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce them.  The stuff I’ve heard varies from the full on to the sublimely delicate.  One track in particular called ‘walk the water’ sounds absolutely stunning.  Marie Claire Lee has a beautiful voice and the early indications for me are that these guys are one to keep an eye on.  You can check them out here.  Enjoy.

Last Year’s Girl and Hinterland 2010

Lisa Marie Ferla is a lovely girl.  Not only did she write a lovely review of my solo show at 13th Note in January, she’s now followed it up on her blog here with some more quite lovely words about the hours.  This has been a really amazing week Kays wise.  I never for the life of me expected the reaction that the song has received so far in the blogosphere.  It’s been pretty humbling.  I’m delighted people like it though.  Makes it feel like all the hard work and slog has been worth it.

The other great thing that happened this week was that The Kays have been confirmed for the Hinterland Festival in Glasgow which features some magic artists like Jeffrey Lewis, The Wave Pictures and British Sea Power as well as a great collection of local artists.  And I believe it’s all condensed into the 1 day this year and the venues are in close proximity to each other to make it easier to catch all the bands you want to see.  Anyways, there’s an early bird scheme running so if you are keen to get your ticket cheaper then you can go here and buy it now.  We’re really looking forward to playing and being part of it all, that’s for sure.