Scottish Trio Fatherson deliver on Third Album
The Rain The Introduction of minor notes played simply on the piano begs the only question, Where are you going fatherson? The notes are however lovely, and they hold its own, as the opening lyrics “You sleep in the exit rows” sits you down on a train, hood up, and forgetting the world around you. Then out of no where, symphonic violins in harmony announce their presence, as the vocalist almost demands it. They fade out, leaving a hope for more.
90 seconds in those notes on piano change to a more leadership role, symbols shimmer, plectrums are out of pockets, a sense of impatience by the guitarist like he’s been waiting his whole life to play this stratospheric riff. Or was the impatience my own? Because at that very moment, I was in total awe of this song.
A relief, It was magical. I could only pray that ‘Making waves’ would deliver me the same level of class, and to be honest I doubted it. A minor chord progression with obvious palm muting, seemed like a typical Xfactor Audition. But I hate saying this, I was wrong again! Why does that keep happening? A powerful crash of percussion and relentless guitars were rock and roll gold.
His singing abilities in this song were a danceable range. It’s important to note his voice seems capable of anything at this moment as he really opens it up in the chorus. And it was the most important instrument in this song! That got the ball rolling for the song ‘Gratitude’, there was no anticipation. It was free from reluctancy. It’s showered with finely-calibrated electric guitars and percussion.
When the storm settles, there’s inviting lyrics with ‘I think I think too much’, with the vocals being unpredictable considering the intro. The same goes for the backing vocals, they added more flavour. This song had foundations of Biffy Clyro. I can imagine a jam session for the birth of this song, with Biffy and Fatherson have had a few beers on the Tour bus. Fatherson saying “check this melody out Biffy”, and there’s a real moment there. All band members join in the chaos. Forever in ‘Gratitude’ of that occasion. Probably didn’t happen, but who knows.
‘Nothing to no one’ is a visionary, percussion-soaked song, which led the way on the track. Like a lantern down a dark cave. Low but satisfying plucks of guitar gave hope, and light at the end of the tunnel. This song features Welsh singer Sarah Howells, aka Bryde, formerly of indie duo Paper Aeroplanes. She added a brilliant touch to the song, and the harmonies and lyrics were sculptural.
The song ‘oh yes’ is a slow burner, and 5 minutes long. 2 minutes too long for me, but It’s an exceptional piece of music. The song is emotionally-rich and shows off his lyrical skills. It’s cleverly-written, and the instruments make their entrance at the perfect time to really lift that song into the sky!
I believe this album will stand the test of time. Even if they’re from Scotland as I am too, it didn’t cloud my judgment. It’s saturated with highly-listenable tracks, that are packed with masterful lyrics. It’s got Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic as siblings, and absent of any musical cliches.
Words by Captain Sound