The Scotsman

James Lindsay: Strand

- Jim Gilchrist

A strand may suggest a demarcatio­n zone between elements, but also a constituen­t within a woven fabric, and in this richly-textured first album under his own name, bassist James Lindsay, perhaps best known for his work with the Highland band Breabach, meshes with a sterling squad of musicians from the folk and jazz scenes. The etherealso­unding flute and fiddle (Hamish Napier and Adam Sutherland) of

Hebrides Terrace Seamount herald soundscape­s that glisten with Fender Rhodes chimes from Tom Gibbs, underpinne­d by Scott Mackay’s drums and, of course, Lindsay’s bass. There are fine solos from guitarist Ben Macdonald – in The Silent Spring, for instance – and strathspey-like figures on Fender Rhodes in Forvie

Sands. Sutherland’s fiddle shrieks a climax to the sinister-sounding

Stacks, while Lindsay’s bass murmurs gently over glockenspi­el tinkling in

UB85 and bows a wistful air in the concluding Beaufort’s Dyke. Mood, tone and tempo shift as constantly as the tide. ■

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