History is full of acts that deserved far greater coverage and sales than they got. While Aberdeen’s Geneva scored four top 40 hits and a top 20 album in the 1990s, and were labelmates of Suede at Nude in London, they should have been far bigger than they were. The main reason they got noticed in the first place was the spellbinding voice of Andrew Montgomery.
It was a Suede connection that has brought the return of Andrew Montgomery to my attention. In 2012 I interviewed Artmagic, the duo which was Sean McGhee and Suede’s guitarist Richard Oakes. Sean has produced the debut solo album from Andrew Montgomery, Ruled By Dreams.
The album will be released on 5th October. It is described as being a mixture of torch songs, yearning modern pop and space-age gospel. It features Richard Oakes, Röyksopp collaborator Kate Havnevik and Jody & Simon from Autoheart.
The album’s opening track “After The Storm”, is the first to do the rounds along with ‘I Sing The Body Electric.’ Listen and be amazed. And believe me, comparisons with the great Antony Hegarty are deserved here. The album can be pre-ordered via his bandcamp.
‘After The Storm’ and ‘I Sing The Body Electric’ can be streamed over at his soundcloud page