Scots, who have a knack for making the most somber of words jump and dance off
the sheet, have returned with their 3rd LP, The Winter of Mixed Drinks. An equally impressive feat as their
last album Midnight Organ Fights, Winter not only introduces a new sound
but a new band member, Gordon Skene.
With this LP
more lush and orchestrated in sound, gone is the feeling that lead singer and
writer Scott Hutchinson sat in a dim room in a melancholy haze and hashed out
emotively raw gems such as Midnight’s “Backwards Walk.” But still ever present is Hutchinson’s great lyrics and raspy
voice that makes his words sincere. “Swim” and “The Wrestle” stand out for
their catchy riffs as “Foot Shooter” highlights how Hutchinson’s vocals
melodies can make a song. Winter is
yet another impressive release for the five gentlemen; let us hope that Hutchinson does not run
out of stories to tell anytime soon.
Standout Tracks: “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” “Foot
Shooter” APRIL S. ENGRAM