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Emerging Lanarkshire musician ‘finds light’ by sharing grief in second album

A rising Lanarkshire musician says he is “really proud” of his forthcoming second album which explores themes of grief and hope following the death of his father.

Michael Timmons releases ‘The Lightness of The Dread’ on Hamilton-based Gargleblast Records on January 28.

The self-taught guitarist told Lanarkshire Live the concept of the album is a collection of songs around the theme of grief, as well as “finding the light within the dark”.

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Renowned for his self-professed “miserable” songs, which landed him a support slot with indie rockers The Twilight Sad in 2019, the East Kilbride artist said the album was actually more “hopeful, if not exactly full of laughs”.

He told us: “It was very cathartic.

“It was really difficult to lose a big part of your life and who you are, but I found it easier to write about than speak about initially. Processing things through music and songwriting is really helpful.

“It wasn’t necessarily a conscious thing, whenever I sat down to write songs it seemed like it was the only thing I could write about. I hope the songs connect with some people in some way.”

Emerging Lanarkshire musician 'finds light' by sharing grief in second album
Michael is a self-taught guitarist from East Kilbride

Michael’s music continues to exhibit a sparse, ethereal, angst-ridden sound that cuts deep to the soul. Where the first album opened the door, this new offering invites you into the room.

Produced by Andy Miller (Mogwai, Songs: Ohia, Life Without Buildings, Arab Strap) and input from Andy MacFarlane of The Twilight Sad, the album is a follow up to Michael’s stunning debut record ‘Bone Coloured’ which received plaudits from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, BBC Radio Scotland, The Scotsman and The Skinny.

Of the partnership, former St Bride’s High pupil Michael said: “I’ve worked with Andy Miller for years, he is a good friend and he is an incredible producer, so generous with his knowledge and we just really click when it comes to recording the songs which are all recorded live in the studio and then I start to add layers.

“It’s been brilliant having input from Andy MacFarlane, as he has created and produced really stunning records with his band. I’m so lucky to have him involved. He had a ton of interesting ideas that I was able to try out and it really helped take the music to the next level for me.

“I’m really proud of the album.”

After a gigging hiatus thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Michael was due to be back supporting The Twilight Sad in London, Leeds and Edinburgh later this month but the shows have been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

But he is thrilled to be back on the legendary King Tut’s stage headlining a show on Saturday, March 26.

“It’s been a very tough year or two for so many people. Hard for a lot of musicians and performers who’s jobs had to stop”, said Michael.

“I’m lucky that I worked right through the lockdowns with music and dementia charity Playlist for Life, who are a real privilege to work for.

“In terms of shows I got to play a few really great shows the end of last year at The Spree festival in Paisley. It was so great to be back playing live shows again and sharing new songs with people.

“Recording the album did take a lot longer than expected due to lockdown so it was just about getting into the studio when I could and when it was safe to do so. The extra time was good for spending more time thinking about the songs.

“I can’t wait to play King Tut’s again, it’s a venue I really did learn to play live in. Opening shows for so many others through the years, it feels special to get to headline the venue for a second time.”

Tickets are available online.

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