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Son of Everyone EP

by Calamateur

Chilled out acoustic loveliness with a light drizzling of understated electronics. Effectively a full length album, even though it's called an EP. Think of it as a single with a strong supporting cast of instrumentals and brand new tracks.
Genre: Electronic: Folktronic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Son of Everyone
4:18 album only
2. Here Beside (cheap and dirty version)
5:18 album only
3. Reply All
3:08 album only
4. Walk or Run
3:20 album only
5. Talitha K
5:06 album only
6. Hold Your Stare (acoustic version)
3:45 album only
7. Disappointed
3:13 album only
8. Shame
16:46 album only


Album Notes
Effectively a full length album, even though we're calling it an EP and selling it mid-price album rates. Think of it as a double EP on one disc, or a single with a bucketload of great b-sides. It's also 9 songs long, even though it claims to be only 8 tracks. The lead tracks are 'Son of Everyone' and 'Here Beside', which are both alternate versions of songs taken from the calamateur album The Old Fox of '45 (CLAVE008). The EP also has a strong supporting cast of instrumentals and brand new tracks that won't be appearing anywhere else.



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Logo Magazine

"...Ideal for late night listening, even at lunchtime. 4/5."
Not many EP’s clock in at forty-five minutes, that’s a whole album in old (vinyl) money, still fewer can fill each of those minutes with interest. More remarkable still is that Calamateur is the work of one pair of hands, those of Andrew Howie. He shares an outlook, if not a sound, with Ed Harcourt, and he shares a sound (if not an outlook) with the likes of Damien Rice and Josh Rouse. Confused? Don’t be, Howie is a simple man who writes as though guided by voices, massaging his words through a voice as swoonsome and melancholic as the finest American roots singers, yet his basic palette includes not just acoustic guitars but also a light drizzling of understated electronics. Ideal for late night listening, even at lunchtime. 4/5.

Is This Music?

"...nothing short of brilliantly absorbing..."
It's as if acoustic music in Scotland, once the preserve of wooly-pullovered real ale-quaffing beardies, has been liberated. Rejoice! because while actual folk music deon well is a rarity, alternative songs done on acoustic guitar are exploding around us. theonewhoflew, Ally Kerr and even Aereogramme can all captivate an audience with some spellbinding stripped-down songs. Joining this group are Calamateur, last spotted making atmospheric soundscapey samplefests, but the 8 tracks here are nothing short of brilliantly absorbing, indeed on 'Here Beside' you forget it's just one man and a guitar. With reverberant haunting vocals and occasional augmentation by keyboards, the stark production only adds to an impressive set of eerie 'folk' tunes.

The List

"...bloody good..."
...Fellow weegies Calamateur are bolder still. Their 'Son of Everyone' EP (Autoclave) (3/5) is not only ludicrously long at 45 minutes (OK, let's call it a mini album then, though a fair chunk of the running time is silence) but it still manages to be bloody good with it, coupling alt.country strumming with tortured lyrics.