Album review – The Scottish Enlightenment


The Scottish Enlightenment – ‘St. Thomas.’ (Armellodie)

Like the Guinness advertisements have long held, the best things come to those who wait.

In early 2007, The Scottish Enlightenment stunned with their debut EP, Eyes. It got a lot of good coverage, but the band seemed to disappear for a while. And then towards the end of last year, the whispering started that there were gigs. They’d signed to the excellent scottish indie Armellodie. Then this year, not one but TWO awesome EPs, entitled Pascal and Little Sleep, and people started to say that if the EPS were this good, and made up of stuff that hadn’t made the album, well…just how good was that debut album going to be once it arrived?

The answer is: very, very good indeed. Over the course of eleven tracks, the band release an album that not onnly features eleven amazing songs but hangs together extremely well as an album. It’s a brooding, majestic beautiful beast. It’s the perfect soundtrack to the Scottish autumn, which has well and truly arrived here, and is hinting that it’s about to get much, much nastier. From album opener ‘Gal Gal’ to the closing ‘Cogito’ the band just delievr an album that’s almost perfect, goddamit. The title tracks of those two aforementioned EPs are here, as well as one track ‘List Right’ which could be Stuart Staples fronting iLikeTrains. Yes. That Special.

I’ve played this album a lot over the last few weeks -and having born witness to them live, they’re pretty special in that field, too. This album will crop up in the end of year polls -and entirely on its’ own merits. With this release, Armellodie show themselves to be the equals of Chemikal Underground and The Scottish Enlightenment have both rewarded their listeners and delieverd on the promise they showed all those years ago.


St. Thomas will be released on November 15 on Armellodie.

The First Will Be Last by The Scottish Enlightenment by Armellodie

Little Sleep by The Scottish Enlightenment by Armellodie

Necromancer by The Scottish Enlightenment by Armellodie

Two awesome shows!


Two awesome shows involving our very own Last Battle which you should know about:


This Thursday (November 4), they headline at the Wee Red bar at Edinburgh’s College of Art, with support from The Scottish Enlightenment and Very Well.

And on December 18, they join the bill for Kid Canaveral’s Christmas Party at the Lot in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. The line-up for this is as follows:

“Kid Canaveral’s Christmas Baubles” will not include a Manger, probably no immaculate conceptions, but will include:

King Creosote (solo)
Kid Canaveral
Come On Gang!
Cancel The Astronauts
The Last Battle
Gummi Bako

+ Song, By Toad and Straight to Video DJs

very exciting and excited! the Last battle are in the process of finalising their first ever tour, more info when it’s official…

Last Battle -‘Cutlass.’ mp3

Kid Canaveral -‘Good Morning.’ mp3

The Scottish Enlightenment -‘All Homemade Things.’ mp3

The return of the Scottish Enlightenment


Three years ago, one of the acts I championed were Dunfermline’s The Scottish Enlightenment. They released a fine three track EP called Eyes -and whilst I would see occasional references to them in gig listings, I was left wondering whether they would follow that EP up.

Well, they have -and this five track EP is called the Pascal EP and it’s excellent (****). Also championed by Matthew over at Song, By Toad, (who played them on his show) this EP is five magnifiecently moody pieces of prime scots indie. Armellodie Records have done themselves proud yet again (and this having just released the debut from Kill The Captains and the latest Super Adventure Club album too, to say nothing of the fine Cuddly Shark album). The thought persists that if Biffy Clyro can go top five, why not the Scottish Enlightenment?

Reportedly these songs haven’t made the forthcoming album. My brain’s aching at the thought of just how good it might be…

Another EP and their debut album are to follow this year. In the meantime, enjoy this:

The Scottish Enlightenment -‘All Homemade Things.’ mp3

Get Enlightened

Flicking around on MySpace has lead to be becoming more aware of one band I had already heard, courtesy of the latest issue of Is This Music? Ladies and gentlemen, presenting…The Scottish Enlightenment.

Hailing from Dunfermline in Fife, they are reminiscent both of fellow scots Idlewild and Biffy Clyro, as well as the much-missed Pavement, and I hear a bit of Sebadoh and the Smashing Pumpkins too.

Their first single ‘Eyes’ is out on April 16 on Moojuice- in the UK , anyway, but head over to their MySpace page for a preview and also to hear three other tracks. If you like it, which you damn well should, make friends with them, buy the record, and if you live in Scotland, go and see them.

The Scottish Enlightenment MySpace page