ERLAND COOPER: “Solan Goose” LP
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ERLAND COOPER: “Solan Goose” LP (2019 re-press)
“It’s a beautiful record. Eleven pieces, each taking their title from the Orcadian name for some of the feathered residents of Orkney. I’ve never visited and my birdwatching knowledge is limited (sparrow!) but this is a record in which I can lose myself. I’m all for escaping from what I’ll call ‘all this’ and here’s an excellent way to do it. Wonderfully played and produced, it’s evocative, wistful, moving and comforting all at once. And it works as an album. I saw it played live this year and it was great, as was the session for Marc Riley.” – Gideon Coe 6music
‘Solan Goose’ is the first solo recording from multi-instrumentalist Erland
Cooper, also of The Magnetic North and previously Erland & The Carnival.
Having grown up on the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, he wrote this work
as a response to ease anxiety and claustrophobia working in a city.
Tracks: Whitemaa / Solan Goose / Maalie / Shalder / Cattie-face / Aak /
Kittiwaako / Whaup / Bonxie / Tammie Norie / Moosiehaak