– The Scotsman
Picture of Health follows the successful recently released debut single, White Lights, and confirms Campfires In Winter as a band with serious designs on becoming major players in the UK music industry. The video is a perfect accompaniment to ‘Picture of Health’ as vintage, black and white footage is cut together faultlessly with the track.
Consisting of Robert Canavan (lead vocals, lead guitar), Wullie Crainey (bass guitar, vocals), Scott McArthur (keyboard, vocals, guitar) and Ewan Denny (drums), Campfires In Winter have become known for their ability to create a sound that is both experimental and accessible – intricate passages of post-rock guitar, akin to US indie stalwarts American Football, are elevated by wonderful vocal harmonies, a tightly driven rhythm section and all sewn together by alluring dream-like piano pieces.
Picture of Health is a sublime showcase of the band’s undoubted musicianship with tracks like ‘With A Ragged Diamond’ and download track ‘Picture of Health’, highlighting the band’s obvious ambition. Weighing in at over six minutes long, ‘With A Ragged Diamond’ undulates beautifully and allows the members’ talents to shine through. Soundscapes of distorted guitar build neatly into Robert Canavan’s crisp, poignant vocals and are buoyed by faultless harmonies and incessant yet seamless time changes, before coming to a close with the graceful, heartfelt sound of Scott McArthur’s keys – evoking the spirit and beauty of My Latest Novel and Broken Records allied by more eclectic moments produced by bands such as Field Music and Errors.
The EP was self-recorded over the course of a few days in Balneden Steading, a cottage in the tiny village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, and mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering (Otis Redding, Elvis Costello, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Eno, David Byrne).
Campfires In Winter aim to build upon the significant progress they have made as a band thus far having released their debut EP, Cardboard Ships, back in 2010. Throughout the last few years Campfires In Winter have gained support from BBC 6 Music, Vic Galloway, Jim Gellatly, The Scotsman, The Metro and The Sun as well as appearing at Wickerman Festival, goNorth Festival and Oran Mor as part of the West End Festival alongside the likes of The Twilight Sad and Meursault. They’ve also had the privilege of sharing a stage with RM Hubbert, The Twilight Sad and Kid Canaveral and have just played King Tut’s Summer Nights alongside Fake Major.
The release of Picture of Health will maintain the presence the band have built up in what has been a busy 2013 so far. Their hectic schedule looks set to continue with another show at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh with Kid Canaveral, Ballboy and the Cairn String Quartet before heading out on a Scottish tour in September to support the release of Picture of Health.
You can catch Campfires In Winter at the following venues:
- 24th September – DUNDEE – Beat Generator
- 25th September – GLASGOW – Bloc
- 27th September – INVERNESS – Mad Hatters
- 5th October – PERTH – The Twa Tams