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The Pictish Trail | self-titled (Fence)
The work of John Lynch, The Pictish Trail is more stirringly subversive stuff from the Fence Collective. Lynch writes warm, welcoming, yet quite isolated, singer-songwriter tales of a life locked away somewhere near St. Andrews. With tiny keyboard patterns, acoustic neo-folk rumblings and all manner of unidentiable oddball noises, The Pictish Trail wrap generally ambiguous sentiments around an infectious mysterious x-factor somehow inheritant in all Fence output. Akin to Lou Barlow sobbing his tiny heart out while submerged in Loch Ness, this is the sound of Scotland quietly floating far, far out to some deep enchanting waters. And never dreaming of floating back.
CWAS #12 - Summer 2003