Emma Pollock

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Mon 14 May; Barfly, Glasgow, Tue 15 May


The Delgados’ unique strain of ornate indie might have sadly never quite scaled the heights it merited in its time, but the Glasgow band’s decision to spilt in 2005 has proven to be a wise one - particularly since it’s left all involved with plenty of pent up imagination to plough into new projects.

Singer Alun Woodward gave a glimpse of great things to come in his new guise as Lord Cut-Glass with a track on the recent Ballads of the Book compilation (released on Chemikal Underground, the label still owned and run by the four former members of The Delgados). His ex-cohort Emma Pollock, meanwhile, already has her first solo album in the can - a damn fine one at that, if songs debuted at her steady string of live appearances over the last year are anything to go by.

Recorded in Glasgow and New York with award winning producer Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, Beth Orton), and entitled Watch The Fireworks it’s not due for release by her label 4AD until September. A little taster arrives this month, however, in the shape of single ‘Adrenaline’, a rushing, melodic piano led thriller with a widescreen chorus not dissimilar to the sort her last outfit used to specialise in. Placing her strong, breathy vocals front and centre, and backing them up with a sturdy band that features ex-Delgados’ drummer Paul Savage (her husband), as well as Aereogramme’s Campbell McNeill, there’s a real sense of depth and quality to Pollock’s material - one that should rightly see it go far.

(Malcolm Jack)

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