Friday, May 18, 2007

Ally Kerr--Calling out to You (2005)

Artist-Ally Kerr
Album-Calling out to You
Release Date-27 Jun 2005
Genre/Style-Adult Alternative/Indie-Rock/Indie-pop


Review-Melodious, heartfelt, beautiful, sad and quirky are adjectives that could be easily blurted out when listening to Calling Out To You, the gorgeous debut album from Glasgow's Ally Kerr. Although echoes of Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, Nick Drake and many other artists' resonate, Ally's style is singularly distinctive. The Scotland on Sunday newspaper recently recognised Ally as"one of the most interesting and creative musicians working in the country right now" in its rundown of the hottest new Scottish talent.

Ally's album follows the critical success of his limited edition debut EP Midst of the Storm, released on 7-inch white vinyl by cult Spanish label Elefant Records (Lambchop, Ladybug Transistor, Camera Obscura) which garnered airplay around the world. BBC Radio 1's John Peel was one such DJ who fell in love with the record and championed Kerr on his shows. Fittingly, the legendary venue King Tuts in Glasgow was to be home to his first ever live performance.

Production on Calling Out To You came from David Scott (the creative force behind The Pearlfishers), Duglas T. Stewart (of respected Glasgow popsters BMX Bandits) and Duncan Cameron (best known for his work with The Delgados, Teenage Fanclub, Arab Strap).

Much of the album was written on planes, trains and automobiles as Ally travelled between the East Coast of the USA and the West Coast of Scotland. Ally is currently one of the fastest-rising songwriters in Scotland and Calling Out To You is surely destined for great things.

Ally Kerr is presently rehearsing for a summer tour of Japan where Calling Out To You was released last year on Quince Records to widespread acclaim and glowing reviews. Calling Out To You has also just been included in a top Japanese music magazine's top 20 albums ever to come out of Scotland sitting alongside Franz Ferdinand and Travis.

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