Having recently announced that his albums Secret Soundz Volumes 1 & 2 will be getting a full release through Moshi Moshi Records on June 9th, Johnny Lynch aka The Pictish Trail now confirms his next single.
‘Wait Until’ – taken from Secret Sounds Volume 2 and also to be released on June 9th – was the first song written after the passing of Lynch’s mother. Defined by persistent electronic pulses and Lynch’s hushed vocals, it is an ode and marks the sense of desolation underpinning Volume 2. Listen to ‘Wait Until’ here.
Elsewhere on the two compelling Secret Soundz albums, Lynch’s genre-defying approach gives us twenty eclectic tracks. Download another album track ‘I’ve Been Set Upon’ here.
The Pictish Trail’s eloquent songs are as wildly varied as his selection of brightly coloured bobble hats and have seen him get mentioned in the same breath as his heroes Beck, The Beta Band andHot Chip. His extraordinary vocals reveal hidden depths and have been accompanied by everything from acoustic guitar to a full-on four piece metal band to throbbing dance beats and samples, and often during the course of the same gig.
With two albums, numerous mini-albums, EPs, and singles under his belt as The Pictish Trail, Lynch has also moonlighted as one half of demented dance-pop duo Silver Columns with Adem (Fridge) for their 2010 album Yes and Dance.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Lynch is also busy running his own musical empire from the remote Hebridean island Eigg (56°54’N, 06°10’W) he calls home. Following ten years running Fife’s infamous Fence Records, last year, Lynch moved on to pastures new and founded Scotland’s new label Lost Map Records. He’s also putting on the inaugural Howlin’ Fling Festival on Eigg in July.
Known for his ability to subdue the most rowdy of audiences into a blissfully hypnotised silence, The Pictish Trail will head out on tour in May and will be hosting a Lost Map showcase in London on May 18th with Tuff Love, Monoganon, comedian Josie Long and Caught by the River. Full live dates below.
Upcoming The Pictish Trail dates
Sat 19th April – Vox Box, Edinburgh (Record Store Day performance)
Sat 19th April – Love Music, Glasgow (Record Store Day performance)
Sun 20th April – ‘Big Day In’ @ Electric Circus, Edinburgh
Fri 25th April – ‘O Bro: A musical celebation of the Coen Bros’ @ St George’s, Bristol
Fri 2nd May – Old Hairdressers, Glasgow (Pictish DJ set)
Sat 3rd May – Lost Map Showcase @ Brew At The Bog, Bogbain, Inverness
Sun 4th May – Lost Map Showcase @ The Big Beach Ball, Aberdeen
Mon 5th May – Lost Map Showcase @ Spirit of Speyside Festival, Elgin
Wed 7th May – Lost Map Showcase @ The Redd Suite, Dundee
Fri 9th May – Lost Map Showcase @ Night and Day Café, Manchester
Sat 10th May – Lost Map Showcase @ The Prince Albert, Stroud
Sun 11th May – Lost Map Showcase @ Retreat, St Dominic’s Social Club, Newcastle
Fri 16th May – Lost Map Showcase @ Old Bookshop, Bristol (evening show)
Sat 17th May – Lost Map Showcase @ Old Bookshop, Bristol (afternoon matinee)
Sat 17th May – Lost Map Showcase @ South Street Arts, Reading
Sun 18th May – Lost Map Showcase @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London £10+ Doors 3.30pm
Mon 19th May – Lost Map Showcase @ Junction 2, Cambridge
Wed 21st May – Tin Angel, Coventry
Thurs 22nd May – Lost Map Showcase @ Railway Inn, Winchester
Sat 24th May – Lost Map Showcase @ Old Continental, Preston
Sun 25th May – Bowler’s Bar, Glasgow
18th – 20th July – Howlin’ Fling! Festival, Eigg
Sat 2nd Aug – Cloudspotting Festival, Blackburn
Lost Map Showcases = The Pictish Trail (solo) + Tuff Love + Monoganon