Various - Split 12" Vol. 6

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  • Various - Split 12" Vol. 6

Various - Split 12" Vol. 6

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InfoLP24th March 2017

Split 12” Vol. 6 brings together some of Song, By Toad Records' favourite Scottish and American artists. Recording in The Happiness Hotel spread across many months of 2016, with Aberdonian Alan Davidson (aka Kitchen Cynics) witnessing the summer and Texan Micah P. Hinson suffering the depths of Edinburgh winter.

Limited edition orange vinyl with download code.

The story began nearly a decade ago when Song, By Toad was a music blog rather than a record label. In 2007 Matthew Young came across a chance to interview gravel-voiced Texan singer-songwriter Micah P. Hinson and legendary American collective Willard Grant Conspiracy. "I was a novice interviewer who clearly had no idea what he was doing, but I knew their music inside out and had genuine enthusiasm. They both very kindly let me get away with it and politely steered the conversation into interesting places, so I would have something worthwhile to write.” Ten years on and many gigs later, both bands found themselves in Edinburgh, accepting Matthew’s invitation “to lay some songs” for Song, By Toad Records.

Tissø Lake's Ian Humblestone and Song, By Toad's head honcho have also known each other for some time. There was even talk of doing an album together. In the end, Tissø Lake self-released their beautiful fjord-inspired LP Paths to the Foss but the Song, By Toad Records split 12” offered an opportunity to work together in a different context.

As is the case with other Song, By Toad collaborations, Matthew's been a fan of Kitchen Cynics for many years. Brought to live by the cult acid folk artist Alan Davidson, the project is defined by its idiosyncratic storytelling and dark histories reflected in the extensive back catalogue brimming with titles like Aberdeen Typhoid Outbreak of 1964 and Owls in her Eyes.

1. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Light a Candle
2. Tissø Lake - When Work is Done
3. Micah P. Hinson - Spaceman
4. Kitchen Cynics - Venus on a Buckie
5. Willard Grant Conspiracy - The Only Child
6. Tissø Lake - The Mist on the Lake
7. Kitchen Cynics - The Place You Hid
8. Micah P. Hinson - Changes
9. Tissø Lake - I Am Like a Lake
10. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Love You Apart
11. Kitchen Cynics - Francis Masson, Botanist
12. Micah P. Hinson - Everlasting Arms