Absolutely beautiful, a great new talentEdith Bowman
Formed in 2007 by five Glasgow-based students of music, Admiral Fallow released their adored debut album, Boots Met My Face, in 2011 and its widely-acclaimed successor, Tree Bursts In Snow, the following year. Their extraordinary third record, Tiny Rewards, (“a contender for 2015’s most criminally overlooked album” – Sunday Times) has received many plaudits since its release in May 2015. Heartbreakingly beautiful, sonically audacious and lyrically bewitching, it’s an album that heralds a true progression in the band’s creative process.
Released in May 2015, Tiny Rewards, saw the band explore a brand new way of working together. Within a twelve month period the five core members gathered in a cottage in the north-west Highlands to flesh out a selection of instrumentals, with lyrics being added nearer the end of the process.
Musically it’s a much denser album than its predecessors, with textures as rich as the melodies are moving. Vintage synthesisers, organs and piano parts take the lead where guitars may have before; signature woodwind lines are often disguised within walls of reverb; Abbott and Hayes’ harmonic interplay is more finely nuanced. Dealing with such lyrical themes as self-doubt, parenthood, desire and guilt, the self-produced Tiny Rewards is the band’s most interesting output of their career to date.
In their nine years together, Admiral Fallow have taken their music around the world with tours in North America, Australia, and Europe. Recent highlights include curating and performing two special sold out shows at Celtic Connections festival, and an appearance at the internationally-renowned Visions Du Reel documentary film festival in Nyon, Switzerland. The band are currently writing a new album and playing a few select dates in 2016.