The Making Of You

by Snowgoose

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    The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, “Harmony Springs”, sees the songwriting duo of guitarist Jim McCulloch and singer Anna Sheard supported by a who’s who of Scottish pop music, including members of Belle and Sebastian, The Pearlfishers, and Teenage Fanclub. Tracing a line through ‘60s West Coast psychedelia and early ‘70s folk-rock, Snowgoose create something both timeless and unique, music which transcends its influences to assert itself as modern and forward thinking.

    “The Making of You” represents a new chapter in the Snowgoose story. While their 2012 debut was largely written by former Soup Dragons guitarist Jim, the new songs see Anna step forward as a lyricist and melodist. The result of this collaboration between the pair is a record of rare beauty, one moment intimate, the next utterly exuberant.

    Jim says, “When we made the first album, I brought the bulk of the material to the party, written and ready to go. This time round, we decided to write together and it soon became clear that not only is Anna a peerless singer, she is also a wonderful lyricist. “During the writing process, I was - as usual - listening to a swirling melting pot of artists, from Spanky And Our Gang, through Fleetwood Mac, to France Gall and Jobim. Anna was pregnant during the writing and recording process and I think all of those influences - musical and personal - spill out of the speakers, adding something undefinable to the Snowgoose sound.’

    Anna adds, “Jim makes song writing look easy. There is nobody else I would rather sit beside to share ideas. He deems absolutely nothing an odd suggestion and, believe me, I made a few of those. “Jim offered all the support and encouragement I required to allow me the courage to
    begin song writing, and together we forged an unbreakable artistic connection. He is my musical kindred spirit. It’s been a long time since Snowgoose shared any music - these new songs feel ready to find their way in the world.”

    Novelist Ian Rankin, who declared Snowgoose’s debut one of the best albums of 2012, says, “I was a huge fan of the first Snowgoose album and I'm equally excited by the follow-up. Such warmth and emotion, with great performances by the musicians and singer Anna Sheard. Fairport Convention, the Incredible String Band, Pentangle and more come to mind, but Snowgoose add a lyricism and delicacy of
    their own.”

    Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie adds, “Jim McCulloch and Anna Sheard, with their troupe of Scottish alternative pop royalty, have made the kind of record that saved the easy listening genre in the early seventies. Think Sandy Denny crashing into a Jimmy Webb session armed with delicate west coast melodies and a little bag of very modern
    anxiety.”

    Anna Sheard - vocals
    Jim McCulloch (Soup Dragons/BMX Bandits/Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan) - guitars/vocals/melodica/percussion
    WITH:
    Raymond McGinley (Teenage Fanclub) - guitars
    Dave McGowan (Belle & Sebastian/Teenage Fanclub) – bass
    Stevie Jones (Sound of Yell/El Hombre Trajeado/Arab Strap/RM Hubbert) - bass/double bass
    Stuart Kidd (The Wellgreen/Euros Childs/Jonny/BMX Bandits) - drums/vocals/percussion
    Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) – keyboards
    Ken McCluskey (The Bluebells) - harmonica
    Tim Davidson (Camera Obscura/Traceyanne & Danny/Alasdair Roberts & Friends) - lap steel
    Davie Scott (The Pearlfishers) - string arrangements

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about

The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, “Harmony Springs”, sees the songwriting duo of guitarist Jim McCulloch and singer Anna Sheard supported by a who’s who of Scottish pop music, including members of Belle and Sebastian, The Pearlfishers, and Teenage Fanclub. Tracing a line through ‘60s West Coast psychedelia and early ‘70s folk-rock, Snowgoose create something both timeless and unique, music which transcends its influences to assert itself as modern and forward thinking.

“The Making of You” represents a new chapter in the Snowgoose story. While their 2012 debut was largely written by former Soup Dragons guitarist Jim, the new songs see Anna step forward as a lyricist and melodist. The result of this collaboration between the pair is a record of rare beauty, one moment intimate, the next utterly exuberant.

Jim says, “When we made the first album, I brought the bulk of the material to the party, written and ready to go. This time round, we decided to write together and it soon became clear that not only is Anna a peerless singer, she is also a wonderful lyricist. “During the writing process, I was - as usual - listening to a swirling melting pot of artists, from Spanky And Our Gang, through Fleetwood Mac, to France Gall and Jobim. Anna was pregnant during the writing and recording process and I think all of those influences - musical and personal - spill out of the speakers, adding something undefinable to the Snowgoose sound.’

Anna adds, “Jim makes song writing look easy. There is nobody else I would rather sit beside to share ideas. He deems absolutely nothing an odd suggestion and, believe me, I made a few of those. “Jim offered all the support and encouragement I required to allow me the courage to
begin song writing, and together we forged an unbreakable artistic connection. He is my musical kindred spirit. It’s been a long time since Snowgoose shared any music - these new songs feel ready to find their way in the world.”

Novelist Ian Rankin, who declared Snowgoose’s debut one of the best albums of 2012, says, “I was a huge fan of the first Snowgoose album and I'm equally excited by the follow-up. Such warmth and emotion, with great performances by the musicians and singer Anna Sheard. Fairport Convention, the Incredible String Band, Pentangle and more come to mind, but Snowgoose add a lyricism and delicacy of
their own.”

Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie adds, “Jim McCulloch and Anna Sheard, with their troupe of Scottish alternative pop royalty, have made the kind of record that saved the easy listening genre in the early seventies. Think Sandy Denny crashing into a Jimmy Webb session armed with delicate west coast melodies and a little bag of very modern
anxiety.”

credits

released June 26, 2020

Anna Sheard - vocals
Jim McCulloch (Soup Dragons/BMX Bandits/Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan) - guitars/vocals/melodica/percussion
WITH:
Raymond McGinley (Teenage Fanclub) - guitars
Dave McGowan (Belle & Sebastian/Teenage Fanclub) – bass
Stevie Jones (Sound of Yell/El Hombre Trajeado/Arab Strap/RM Hubbert) - bass/double bass
Stuart Kidd (The Wellgreen/Euros Childs/Jonny/BMX Bandits) - drums/vocals/percussion
Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) – keyboards
Ken McCluskey (The Bluebells) - harmonica
Tim Davidson (Camera Obscura/Traceyanne & Danny/Alasdair Roberts & Friends) - lap steel
Davie Scott (The Pearlfishers) - string arrangements

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