ACROSS a trio of albums for Drag City leading into the 21st century – The Rye Bears A Poison, Daylight SavIng and The Night Is Advancing, Callander’s Appendix Out made some of the gentlest, most spellbinding alt.folk you’ll ever have the pleasure of tipping into your ears.
After the release of The Night Is Advancing in 2001, Alasdair shed the band name and in the past two decades has built a spellbinding catalogue of some 13 albums, both of songs penned himself and standards reworked; released both solo and collaboratively. It’s music you have to lean into, it’s so delicate, so hushed.
Lockdown in London in this year of our lord 20-covid-19 gave Alasdair time to reflect back and revisit his first foundations; and he set about retooling old favourites from the first footing of his recording career as well welcoming a newborn son.
Available on digital format only via Drag City and Bandcamp, new album Songs of My Childhood, due for release on June 23rd, includes not only old favourites from the three Appendix Out long players, but several more obscure songs from singles and compilations – such as a new interpretation of his debut single “Ice Age”. Drag City promise that it comes “complete with old photos. It’s quite a package for a digital-only release!”