David Se­ries: Meerkat Pa­rade Own La­bel

The Scotsman - - The Scotsman Magazine - Jim Gilchrist

The first sound on this de­but al­bum by Ed­in­burgh-based gui­tarist David Se­ries is the res­o­nant dou­ble bass of James Lind­say, be­fore slide gui­tar sighs in, ac­com­pa­nied by key­board player Huw Rees and drum­mer Max Popp. Fol­low­ing that brief opener, Rees pro­vides some am­bu­la­tory pi­ano rang­ing through Mr Fris­bee while things re­ally start to shift half­way through Oink (tune ti­tles tend to be as enig­matic as that of the al­bum), when the whole quar­tet pow­ers into a hyp­notic groove, gui­tar searing out from time to time.

The tune­ful Hermwei sees gui­tar and pi­ano step out in en­gag­ingly con­ver­sa­tional mode, while there’s some brief but elo­quent sound­ing from Se­ries and Lind­say in Where’s

Waltzy? The clos­ing Scoo­bie Snack once again sees the band build up a head of steam, with in­tense riff­ing from or­gan and gui­tar while Popp’s drums kick up a stir. There’s great lis­ten­ing here but also a cer­tain re­straint: I’d love to hear them live.

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