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Acoustic pop meets mild panic rock, soft and pleasant on the outside but strangely unstable, volatile and sticky inside.
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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1. Heartburst
4:09 $0.99
2. Butterfly on the moon
4:52 $0.99
3. All the vows
3:06 $0.99
4. Dancing
4:22 $0.99
5. Recurring theme (Martin's Mix)
3:21 $0.99
6. How I hate
2:17 $0.99
7. That's my baby
4:26 $0.99
8. Tokyo skyline
3:23 $0.99
9. She's a waitress
4:15 $0.99
10. Cold fish
2:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Heartburst is our third CD and is another product of John Barclay and Alison Hutton working along with Martin Freitag. Ali on vocals, John on guitars and Martin on all the studio trickery needed to bring it all together.

The track \"dancing\" was recently featured as \"download of the week\" (7th November 2004) in the Sunday Newspaper \"Scotland on Sunday\" via their provider AYE TUNES.

Did we say it\'s an emotional camera?
Did we say it\'s a masterpiece?
Did we say it\'s like being hit on the back of the head by a wet fish?
Did we whole heartedly recommend it to you?
Did we say it will change your life?
Did we say it has changed our lives?
Did you see us play live?
Did we ask you to write a review of it?
Did we ask you for money?
Did we record this under the influence of influences?
Did we scratch out itchy bits?
Did we explain string theory to you clearly?
Did we mention our special offer?
Did we do anything special on our holidays?
Did we do a little hoovering and dusting?
Didn\'t you say you\'d invite us around for a little supper?





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Ali very much meant the words of this song.
The edgy pop sound of Impossible Songs came into sound and vision next. They had played in Falkirk last weekend and seemed tighter than usual as a result. The dual vocal on “Cold Fish” a lyrically sad (‘are you ready to get all alone?’) but, perversely, musically light and up-tempo number worked very well and the chorus has stuck in my head ever since. “Pieces Of String” used a ‘cheesy pop’ drum machine and was a pop song with vengeance. I’m glad I wasn’t the subject of the lyric – ‘stuck in between a smile and a scream / pieces of string to choke you’. Ali meant the words of this song. “I Miss That Boy” was on the other side of the lyrical coin, reminiscing about a lost (first?) love. John’s guitar picking was immense on this.

Tommy Mack

Impossible Ludovico Botany
About the track "dancing" from Heartburst. Nice contrasting numbers today. Impossible Songs are a duo from the sultry shores of South Queensferry and here they pluck and croon their way through a gorgeous wee song.

Big Jim

Vocal Variation & Impressive Guitar Work
Finishing us up nicely for the night is Impossible Songs. We are informed that tonight’s songs are all about “domesticity”. The first was a song I haven’t heard before – I don’t think a title was given. In the year or so I’ve seen IS play at the Waverley I’ve noticed an enormous increase of confidence in their sets – particularly from lead chanteuse Ali. There was something almost avant-garde about this song … I was even put in mind of the likes of Sparks (“this stage ain’t big enough for the both of us”, perhaps?). But I could see what guitarist/backing vocalist John had meant when he mentioned the word “domesticity”: “For goodness sake, you’ve not cleaned the shower – there’s hair in there and it’s yours” squeals Ali. There’s a great deal of vocal variation in this song – sometimes speaking, sometimes singing and sometimes shouting. John also gives us lots to listen to with some impressive guitar playing – there’s a cool bassline riff and a few instrumental breaks that temporarily change the mood of the song in moments of brightness.

Big Jim

Great guitar c/w Ali's vocal
The final song of the night was “That’s my Baby”, and I guess this song, in contrast to the previous one, is about being a proud parent. More great guitar playing from John in this song – possibly some of the best I’ve seen from him. After his complex bass riff intro Ali sings “That’s my baby, that’s my baby boy, he’s walking and talking”. Definitely a cheerful way to finish the night, with plenty of percussion from an appreciative audience

Music News Scotland

New cd album "heartburst" out now from South Queensferry's (Scotland) intellectu
"Heartburst" is the latest cd album release from impossible songs (John Barclay & Alison Hutton) a rock/pop duo based in Scotland in the village of South Queensferry in the shadow of the Forth Bridges. It's the third impossible songs cd in three years following on from "early eurosongs" and "scapes". It's also a further mixture of the dark and disturbing and quirky and ironic rock style that has made "impossible songs" very popular in the Edinburgh area. It's clear now however that their work is reaching a higher level, the songs are stronger and more polished and this cd is deserving of a wider audience. The cover artwork (you must see the inside lyric page!) is a masterpiece.

Heartburst was recorded in May 2004 in Germany at Muffel Studios with the valuable assistance and input of Martin Freitag. The original wonder world soundscapes, wide open and bright guitar work and ethereal vocal styles are thanks to his studio disciplines and production work. The songs are all labours of love from John and Ali's seemingly never ending well of songwriting styles and musical imagination.

Ten great tracks are featured, the standouts being "dancing" a crazy sad lament over love gone wrong accompanied by an acoustic guitar swinging on a trapeze and booming fretless bass work and then "all the vows" a grinding metal riff battling with a housewife's frustrated rant. Another superb song is the gentle ballad "tokyo skyline" which masks a complexity of enigmatic meanings and themes as we are caught up in the heat of city life with its hope and ambitions. The final track "cold fish" is a ball-bursting rocker that's just good clean fun.

Out of the Bedroom - Scott R

Another passionate set of vocals from Ms Hutton.
Impossible Songs then stormed onstage for their first showing of the year; well, John sort of whinged his way up, saying he used to be able to sing, play and have hair like Rob's... He can still rock with the best of them, though, as he proved by kicking into ‘Cold Fish, IS's dual-vocal groove, and proclaimed "let's go and have an accident" (this song, and the cross-legged thousands, were actually the inspiration for the second break). Ali then, after a moment of making sure all was well in the voice department, took centre stage for the well-oiled 'Happy Like', introduced by John as 'a song about train-riding in Japan on Prozac". There's quite a chilling aspect to the sound of this track, which the “kamikaze”-based vocals bear out ( "liked the food, liked the trains, baby, turned really strange"), and John worked some nice wee showboating 'jelly' rolls into the chorus as well. Final song was 'Dancing', which can be obtained for free, if the Impossibles have promo discs with them; a song about insecurities and inter-relationship gamesmanship, Ali warns "the wolf in sheep's clothing", that she "might wear you down and out with my love" (wolves are in for a hard time tonight, as you'll discover...). Another passionate vocal from Ms Hutton. By Scott R.