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I See a World

Rating: ★★★

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Peatbog Faeries


Peatbog Records


Fusing Scottish jigs and reels with influences from jazz, pop and techno, Peatbog Faeries’ music is often described as ‘high-octane.’ Their impressive career spans three decades, nine albums and two Scots Trad Music Live Act of the Year awards.

I See a World is indeed high-energy stuff, designed to leave listeners dizzy and breathless. There are few if any tracks here that you can’t dance to. The band’s already big sound is further augmented by guest contributions on vocals, percussion, saxophone and uilleann pipes (some recorded remotely). The home turf of the Isle of Skye remains a touchstone for the band, the album being partly recorded there before the whole was skilfully engineered and produced in Glasgow.

Though largely an instrumental collection, one vocal song is included – ‘The Sister of Moses’ – and other tracks are embellished with vocals.

It’s easy to imagine the Peatbog Faeries going down a storm at festivals. I See a World is not an album to sit down and listen to but, if you’re not embarrassed to get up and dance around your kitchen, then this is one for you.

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