Admiral Fallow - Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 8 Dec 2012
Stirring, upbeat folk-rock set from the Glasgow sextet
Midway through Admiral Fallow's headline set at the Barrowlands, frontman Louis Abbot promises something: ‘We’re going to play you a song we never, ever play’. The song - 'Burn' - is a bewitching and exquisitely delivered number from second album Tree Bursts in Snow, the anomaly signifying a milestone occasion.
Stretched out comfortably across the famed stage the sextet's pounding set sees their stirring, upbeat folk at its pinnacle, sweeping fluidly from the vigorous and effervescent to the delicate and mellifluous. Well paced, on point numbers include 'These Barren Years', ‘Beetle in the Box’, the choral ‘Paper Trench' and what Abbot convivially explains is ‘a song about the best bar in Glasgow’, ‘Guest of the Government’. Overall their musical realm is enchanting, built on heart-warming, original songcraft and musical talent: layers of cello, spine tingling clarinet, plucked acoustic guitar and a unique boy/girl vocal. Spurred on with plaudits from a buoyant crowd we're at the encore all too soon, a thundering version of new single ‘Isn’t This World Enough’ leaving only a jubilant note in the air.
The fitting hometown support should also receive a mention: the night began with a hauntingly beautiful set from Olympic Swimmers and accomplished power-folk, courtesy of Fatherson.