"I wasn’t prepared for how unexpectedly good this release is." Is This Music? 4.5/5
Included in the Is This Music? Kowalskiy, Jockrock, Scottish Fiction and Aye Tunes shortlists for Album of 2011.
Evil Hand is the project of Derek Bates from Carluke in Lanarkshire, Scotland. He also performs with Bottle of Evil (Nae Records), and previously Genaro (Benbecula Records). Two tracks here were included on the Benbecula Records mineral series boxset, and one on the Kowalskiy compilation EP No.2. Tracks range from shoegazey ambience to acoustic strangeness.
"Songs like Returned in Time have barely been bettered in Scotland this year, and it is not alone." Song By Toad
"Apparently the Huldra is a seductive, mythological Norwegian forest creature. Not quite sure how to relate that to the album, other than this too is a thing of mysterious beauty." Kowalskiy
"behind the innocent shuffle lurks something sinister"
"It’s introspective, almost folky singer-songwriter stuff for sure, yes, but there’s a languid quality to the songs, almost shoegazey – ‘Returned in Time’ could be a Ride / Beta Band hybrid, opener ‘Garmin’ is like Lone Pigeon fronting Joy Division. It is kind of 21st century psychedelia, like Pink Floyd had they been born in, well, Carluke and gone on Temazepam rather than LSD. You get the idea." Is This Music?
"Delicate, dark and haunting acoustic music." Flying With Anna
released February 7, 2011
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