Garden of Elks – A Distorted Sigh
Debut indie album from moonlighting members of Bronto Skylift, PAWS and Lady North
Lo-fi Scottish supergroup Garden of Elks features members of Bronto Skylift, PAWS and Lady North, but there’s every chance that they could surpass the lot in time. Set off by singer Niall Strachan’s reverberating, recorded-in-a-coalshed (not literally, but it sounds great) vocal, they fuse a ferocious energy with a controlled ability for writing sharp pop choruses. When it works to its best effect, it’s compelling listening – in particular, the hypnotic indie beat of ‘Contended Contender’ and anthem-in-waiting ‘I Hid Inside’ are great songs.