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The Automatic Eye

by David Heavenor

Beautiful lyrical songs from Edinburgh singer songwriter with 'gorgeous production' BBC Radio Scotland
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sign in a Stranger
4:43 $0.99
2. Between the Eyes
2:41 $0.99
3. Boys With No Love
3:40 $0.99
4. Oxford Street in the Blackout
3:38 $0.99
5. Off to the War
3:07 $0.99
6. Cover Him
3:20 $0.99
7. The Automatic Eye
3:32 $0.99
8. Marmion Road
5:14 $0.99
9. Private
4:22 $0.99
10. Wandering
3:47 $0.99
11. Lime Green Room
4:38 $0.99
12. Linger and Go
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Edinburgh singer – songwriter David Heavenor’s long awaited third album features 12 songs recorded and produced in the studio at East Kilbride Arts Centre by David Scott. David is joined on keyboards, bass, guitar and multifarious other instruments by David Scott of Glasgow bands The Pearlfishers and Teenage Fanclub whose other member Stuart Kidd plays drums. Edinburgh musician Iain Barbour features on several tracks adding electric guitar and pedal steel.

On Sign in a Stranger ‘It’s fantastic… ‘ Bryan Burnettt BBC Radio Scotland

‘the production is gorgeous sounding as you would expect from the Pearlfishers’ David Scott...’ Mary Ann Kennedy BBC Radio Scotland

Edinburgh based singer songwriter David Heavenor has been called ‘ the mystery man of Scottish music’ by David Scott, Radio presenter and musician in Scottish Band The Pearlfishers. Journalist and broadcaster Tom Morton writing in The Scotsman called his song Linger and Go 'a masterpiece of songwriting.' Other plaudits for songs also appearing on his first album Private (The Night Visitors 1993) come from Ricky Ross who called Jenny and the Cold Caller 'One of the best songs ever written'. David's only other album Winter's Children appeared in August 2001 on the Glasgow based Sticky Music label.
In his Scotsman review Tom Morton described it: ' Songs made to last. Delicate and full of diffident power. The cool delivery remains somewhere between Al Stewart and Nick Drake, the unexpected guitar runs, the lyrics you can't quite pin down, but which echo round you brain, shifting meaning, ornate yet direct, complex and with an overwhelming sense of Edinburgh in winter.'
Senior BBC Music producer Stewart Cruickshank said: ’ A beautiful album in every respect…’
David's track I'm Watching Rosanna from his album Winter's Children was included in a 49 track, 2 disc compilation showcasing the best in contemporary Scottish Music. The CD, Seriously Scottish produced in 2004 by The Scottish Music Centre in Glasgow, is not commercially available but acts as an educational tool and industry shop window.
A live solo version of his song Candide was also included in a CD marking the 25th Anniversary of Radio Scotland.

‘Support came from the hugely talented David Heavenor. His songs about space and religion could warm up any gig …’ Sunday Mail



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Lewis David

Absolutely gobsmacked by this guy's lyricism
First came across David Heavenor on The Iain Anderson Show on BBC Radio Scotland - a must listen for anyone who just likes great songs by all kinds of artists by the way - and as I'd never heard of him ordered his albums and this latest one surpasses the rest. The guy is just a brilliant songwriter with an amazing way with words. Some of the finest lyrics I've ever read.


A tremendously fresh and unique piece of work in this genre, with an excellent v

David Heavenor, singer-songwiter from Edinburgh, a.k.a. "The Mystery Man of Scottish Music" received a fabulous review of his second CD "Winter's Children" only two years ago. 10 years earlier he released his first album "Private (The Night Visitors)". His incomparable lyrics and extraordinary guitar playing get stuck in your mind and can also be found on "The Automatic Eye" with typical Scottish sound. Just listen to the beautiful "Boys With No Love" or "Oxford Street In The Blackout", which gives you the feeling you're walking through this street with the singer and you can actually see the girls (of joy) in the door openings. The beginning of the titletrack "The Automatic Eye" is very original and sets the pace throughout the song. The final song "Linger & Go" rightly receives the label "masterpiece of songwriting" from the Scottish press. Listening to this album you're in Edinburgh on a winter's night, close to the fire with David Heavenor as your personal entertainer. From time to time you wander off to comparable artists like Nick Drake and Al Stewart from "The Year Of The Cat". Two members of the Glasgow-bands The Pearlfishers and Teenage Fanclub assist David Heavenor: David Scott on f.i. keyboards, bass and piano and Stuart Kidd on drums. In some songs Iain Barbour adds pedal steel and electric guitar, which completes the atmosphere of the opening track "Sign In A Stranger". A tremendously fresh and unique piece of work in this genre, with an excellent vocals of home-made music and lyrics by a singer who is 100% into his work. A renowned BBC producer simply described The Automatic Eye as "a beautiful album in every respect…". We could not have described it any better. Enjoy the album.