Brunswick Drive

Originally released on Andrew Weatherall’s 12″ vinyl only label Bird Scarer Black Merlin’s Brunswick Drive, from 2012, is twelve minutes of electronic sound, an interzone where ambient meets industrial. There’s something of the dystopian sci- fi soundtrack about Brunswick Drive so entirely fitting to our present situation. Lockdown, Britain, 2020. Stay in. Let’s hope for all our sake’s, it works. I can’t help but feel it’s happened too late, we’ve all seen what’s been going on in Italy for the last two weeks.

Brunswick Drive is available at Bandcamp for just £1.20 so you can download it and keep it forever.

Together More

Together More is the latest release on Andrew Weatherall’s Bird Scarer label- BS007 if you’re keeping a count- from Scott Fraser and vocals from Louise Quinn, a slow burning, deep house rumble, a track with a kind of dark energy. The flipside of the limited edition 12″ is an Andrew Weatherall remix and in a weird and unexpected turn of events I’m digging the original version more than the remix at the moment.

Back in 2012 Scott Fraser’s A Life Of Silence was the second Bird Scarer release, a 12″ that is one of the best releases of its kind of the last decade. That may sound like hyperbole but it’s a magnificent beast- nine minutes plus of juddering, synth led beauty with a bassline like prime mid 80s Peter Hook and a choppy guitar part.

A Life Of Silence (Timothy J. Fairplay’s ‘Fall Of Shame’ Remix)

Brunswick Drive

Brunswick Drive by Black Merlin was the third release on Weatherall’s Bird Scarer Records. I have this one and Bird Scarer 002 though missed out on Bird Scarer 001. Does that irk me? Yes it does. This is the B-side, remixed by Scott Fraser. High quality electronic sounds for Saturday morning. No dl, listen only- it’s a vinyl only series, part of the Bird Scarer aesthetic.

Life Of Silence

Timothy J Fairplay’s remix of Scott Fraser’s A Life Of Silence, second release on Weatherall’s Bird Scarer Records. No download, vinyl 12″ only. Also the visuals are rather good (if very retromaniac). Think New Order may be in here somewhere sonically.

Bird Scarer

Andrew Weatherall’s first release on his new vinyl-only record label has come and gone and I’ve missed out, mainly due to the release date, pay day and internet pre-order dates all being in slightly the wrong order for me. There were only 300 copies of the record- Timothy J Fairplay’s The Last Reel coupled with a Weatherall remix on the B-side- so the odds I suppose were always stacked against each individual who wanted one getting one. There must be more than 300 Weatherall collectors mustn’t there? Over at the Ripped In Glasgow Facebook page various messages come through- Weatherall himself seen going into Rough Trade with 10 copies under his arm, Juno having it back in stock- but no-one has it stock when I go clicking. It’s not keeping me awake at night but it is perturbing me and I’m spending too much time trying to find a copy on the internets. Sometimes you just don’t get what you want. When its release was first announced there were some 90 second samples put up online. Here’s one of them.

The Last Reel (Weatherall Remix [90 second sample])

Bird Scarer

Curse you Mr Weatherall. Why must you do these things?

Bird Scarer Records is Andrew Weatherall’s new vinyl only venture, releasing it’s first 12″ single in two weeks time- a track called The Last Reel by Timothy J Fairplay with a Weatherall remix on the B-side. Limited to 300 copies. First 20 copies come with an AW lino print. Curse you Mr Weatherall.