Brogue in the hollers

Malcolm MacWatt describes his music as "Scottish americana", and while that feels a bit oxymoronic, it fits. The songs are generally set in the new world and often address the wrongs of the past. MacWatt brings plenty of Scottish folk to his harp-and-guitar driven songs. His voice, while relatively unaccented, has a certain recognizable lilt. However, all that is window dressing for his songwriting.

Malcolm MacWatt
Dark Harvest

MacWatt has been at this for some time, and he's figured out how to properly build and populate a song. The pieces here sound rough-hewn with their acoustic settings, but they've been carved with great care. MacWatt has a sure sense of how to tell a story, and he fits his words nicely within the musical setting.

As near as I can tell, MacWatt has stuck with an acoustic sound, but his muscular constructions would not suffer if electrified. I'm not asking for that to happen; I'm just trying to give a more complete description. These songs are not quiet. They have a fabulous range as they weave from tale to tale.

A work of ambition and great scope. MacWatt is able to grasp ears at once and hold them in thrall for the entire set. At a certain point, dependency sets in. The need for the next song must be sated. One of the most exciting albums I've heard in some time.

Jon Worley

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