Pete’s latest offering wows industry bigwig
A legendary music label boss who has worked with some of Britain’s biggest industry names has hailed Coatbridge rocker Pete MacLeod’s second EP as “one of the best records I’ve ever been involved with”.
The follow-up to Pete’s critically acclaimed debut album Rolling Stone lured former Creation Records supremo Alan McGee out of retirement; no mean feat considering Alan counts Oasis, Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain as former clients.
The as-yet-unnamed record, produced by renowned mixer Youth, sees Pete take a different turn from Rolling Stone with tracks hugely influenced by dance and electronica.
It saw him travel to Ibiza clutching a bundle of limited white labels of brilliant first single Minotaur as he looked to challenge himself.
Pete said: “It is Youth-produced but I’d say I co-produced it. The arrangements are almost completely mine. Obviously he brought some of the sounds to the table.
“As a solo artist you can do what you want. I write so many songs in different ways. With Minotaur I’ve four versions and three are acoustic.
“It’s made me a more accomplished songwriter. I want to challenge myself.
“When I was with Alan [McGee] in London we talked about the idea, then he called Youth. We met and talked about it and Alan was thinking an EP then he saw the chemistry and said we were in for an album.
“This record is a surprise. Life is unpredictable. The most important thing for a musician is to evolve.”
Alan McGee was fulsome in his praise: “Pete MacLeod is one of the most talented musicians I have ever worked with.
“His new record is stunning. He’s as goods a singer as Liam [Gallagher] or [Richard] Ashcroft. An absolute top shelf vocalist.
“The songwriting and matching of Youth as producer and Peter as artist is musical alchemy.
“These songs show Peter’s vocal range, which is phenomenal. The album is one of the best records I’ve ever been involved with.”
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