Aberdeenshire’s Kevin Allan releases his second LP of this most universally fraught year today, August 7th. Valentine’s Day brought us ‘Separate Lives’, which was necessarily championed by Stuart Maconie on his 6Music Freakzone. ‘In Monochrome’ is an absolute stunner, we find. Raw, chilled, unblinking in the face of life, Kevin makes promises no answers. But what he does do is communicate with you, proffer you emotional information; learn alongside him. ‘In Monochrome’ is unflinching and visionary; it’s one of the essential albums of 2020, sayeth us here at BSM.