Anna Rose Carter

There’s not much I can say about Anna Rose Carter that her music doesn’t say for me.  Stunning piano tales that sink deep into your soul with such warmth and beauty.  These tunes could dry up the rain this Saturday morning.   ‘Silver Lines’ is as beautiful a piano piece as I have heard for a long time, by anyone in the classical revival.  I want to turn it up full blast and let it echo around the whole of the flat.  I want it to disturb my neighbours, wake them up from their Friday night drunkenness and clear away their hangovers.  I want to climb on to the roof of my building with some very large speakers and blast this tune for the whole of Leith to hear.  Such is its beauty.  It’s Einaudi in influence, without a shadow of a doubt, but it speaks on its own terms as a stunning piece of piano composition.    This is not a review of her new record though, no, it’s merely an introduction to the work of a stunning up and coming young musician.  One who deserves a lot more attention.

I cannot really take credit for this find though.  I found her myself through Sonic Reverie, a wonderful blog written by a lovely chap called Chris.  I have become an avid reader of his blog and have found some amazing music thanks to him.  Its thanks to him that I found Anna Rose Carter and got in touch with her and that she will be contributing a track to the Ten Tracks bundle I am currently piecing together.  Please, please, please go here and check out her work.  It really is simply beautiful.  Her new EP ‘Silver Lines’ is available now here.  Enjoy.


Last Days

Did you know this guy was from Edinburgh?  Did you??  I bet you didn’t.  I bet nobody in the Edinburgh “scene” ever mentioned him to you did they?  I bet you’ve never seen his name mentioned anywhere around the city have you?  I bet if you tried to type in Last Days into google you’d find a smattering of posts but nothing of real note written about the man bar his labels biography.  Did you know he had 3 records out?  I bet you didn’t.  And you know what?  Either did I.  It took a man from Paisley to tell me about this man’s gorgeous music for me to do some digging.  And I am so glad I did because what I have found is music of real substance and beauty and reward.

Last Days is Graham Richardson.  He’s originally from Newcaslte but moved to Edinburgh in 2001.  His music, as his biography describes;

“explores personal themes of stasis and flux, escape and acceptance, security and upheaval. Drawing his moniker and ethos from the bittersweet emotions that often accompany periods of transition and loss, Last Days contrasts the intimacy of lonely field recordings and elementary instruments (a child’s accordion, a single repeated piano note) with cinematic shoegaze swells and complex, interlocking melodies created by the latest in digital technology. The resulting mixes are often melancholy, but ultimately hopeful, acting as musical elegies to the places we can no longer go.”

I love the phrase “often melancholy, but ultimately hopeful’ as it’s something I would attribute to all the music I write as well.  I can completely associate with and relate to that statement.  I hold my hands up and say the only thing I’ve heard so far by Graham is his second record ‘These Places Are Now Ruins’ and what a gorgeous piece of music, evoking thoughts of home.  The ruins of a place once known to you, but now unrecognisable.   I really am enjoying it more and more each time I listen and it is more and more rewarding with each play.

Last Days has two other records available as well.  His debut ‘Sea’ and his 2009, and most recent, release ‘The Safety Of The North’.

We always seem to talk about a place and it’s best kept secret.  Well for me, Last Days must be one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets.  Perhaps he wants to stay that way?  However, he needs to be heard and you can hear his stuff here.  I recommend that you do.  Enjoy.