AMBY last saw Declan Welsh having “A Mixed Night” late last year. Since then he has clearly been having some good nights as he delivered his debut “Glasgow In The Sun” EP in the spring.
Declan’s vocals in the title track’s short two minute running time had me scratching my head as to who they reminded me of, and I surprised myself when in dawned on me it was Alex Turner, albeit with a distinctly Scottish lilt. Don’t believe me? – give it a listen and you’ll hear it. It’s an upbeat track that feels summery, although not entirely eschewing the political undercurrent that is Declan’s stock in trade as a songwriter and poet.
The politics is certainly there in other tracks, notably “The Day That Thatcher Died”. But it’s also a strong debut EP musically and lyrically across its five tracks. If you missed it at the time of its release the EP is certainly worth a visit now. And with a Commonwealth Games and an independence referendum coming up in Scotland we can expect more musical commentary from Declan in the months ahead.
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Review by Gavin Watson | @watsongc