Woodpigeon - Die Stadt Muzikanten
- Nicola Meighan
- 29 March 2010
(End of the Road)
An agrarian folk troupe with a penchant for alt-rock, Woodpigeon are a loose collective fronted by Calgary-via-Edinburgh harmonist Mark Hamilton.
Their abundant third long-player is a complex, picturesque tapestry of pirate tales, half-remembered fables and fertile, orchestral serenades. It variously recollects Sufjan Stevens fronting The Arcade Fire (‘The Street Noise Gives You Away’) and Hamilton’s bygone cohorts Eagleowl, who star on chamber-pop lullaby ‘Strength in Numbers’.
The Teenage Fanclub revelry of ‘My Denial in Argyle’ and the jangling hosanna of ‘Morningside’ speak volumes: Hamilton’s roots are in Austria, and his home is in Canada, but his heart belongs to Scotland.