Spirit Level

by Randolph's Leap

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1.
Moment Passed
2.
BMH
3.
Let This Lie
4.
Serious
5.
Ghost
6.
Up In Smoke 03:05
I’m really, really, really well adjusted I should know because my prison guard and I discussed it On second thoughts you know I can’t be trusted I write lines because they rhyme and now I think I’m busted Hail to the waves that crash and roar Hail to the sun we’ll see no more I should apologise for how I acted You poured your heart out but I was distracted All my anxieties have been compacted And I don’t blame you for how you reacted Hail to the seabird on the wing Hail to the songs we’ll never sing Cos it all went up in smoke…
7.
Punchbag
8.
Helluva Summer
9.
Lungs
10.
Too Good

about

DUE FOR RELEASE 26 FEB 2021. ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPING FROM MID-FEB.

Spirit Level is the new album from Scottish folk-pop collective Randolph’s Leap.

Spirit Level is an upbeat, melodic indie-pop album full of personality, catchy hooks and memorable lyrics, rich in textural, polyphonic arrangements, and capturing the infinite charm of Adam Ross, the leader of this 8-piece band.

As a core songwriter with a large ensemble, Adam Ross may draw comparison with Stephin Merritt or Neil Hannon, while mining the rich Scottish seam of Postcard Records and C86. And as with contemporaries King Creosote or Withered Hand, is unafraid of drawing on folk music’s story telling tradition, detailing the minutiae of life’s fluctuations, here packaged up in glorious, anthemic and energetic pop.

The titular ‘spirit level’ is a steady reference point over what had been an unsettled spell writing the album, with Adam Ross uprooting from a decade in Glasgow to a tauntingly lopsided house in rural Aberdeenshire, navigating his way through shifting phases in his well-being and happiness, and reflecting on the untimely death of two greatly admired acquaintances. That balancing act came in the form of music, in an optimistic, even celebratory, collection of songs.

The move to Aberdeenshire roots the album, with Let This Lie reflecting on mortality during a train journey along Scotland’s east coast, to the nostalgia of parts of a life left behind in Glasgow on Punchbag. “I also had a weirdly contradictory feeling of wanting to get even further away – like maybe we weren’t remote enough and we should move to an island or something. It was just a classic “grass is always greener” situation. A bit of existential boredom, maybe. Fantasising about a new life to distract myself from my current one.”

Recorded over a period of a year in Glasgow with keyboard player Pete MacDonald engineering, mixing and producing the sessions at home, the album went off to mastering in the nick of time: the following night Pete’s flat went Up In Smoke in a massive fire, taking everything bar Pete (and his pet hedgehog, Frida) with it.

Album opener, Moment Passed, sets the tone for the whole record, with Adam’s protagonist struggling to present a balanced outward appearance while disorder bubbles beneath the surface. Spirit Level, despite its carefully poised 10 tracks and balanced artwork, prefers to revel in life’s quirks and imperfections.


“The next generation of witty Scottish indie pop” The Quietus

“A band deserving of every shred of love and success which came Belle & Sebastian's way” The Scotsman

"The Jonathan Richman of Scottish indie" The Herald

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releases January 26, 2021

Adam Armour-Florence - drums
Adam Ross - songs, vocals, guitars, keyboards
Ali Hendry - trumpets & vocals
Andrew MacLellan - electric guitar & vocals
Fraser Gibson - trombone
Heather Fox - violin & vocals
Pete MacDonald - keyboards & vocals
Susan Appelbe - guest cello & vocals
Vicki Cole - bass

Recorded by Pete MacDonald & Marcus MacKay
Produced & mixed by Pete MacDonald
Mastered by Jon Huxtable
Photography by Greg Ryan
Design by Vicki Cole

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