(Make Me A) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 107: Scott William Urquhart

Scott William Urquhart

Scott William Urquhart is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist from Stirling, Scotland. His debut album, A Recipe For Reverie, was released in January 2020 following a run of self released singles and EPs and, in 2022, Golden Sunlight Mountain Snow was out. Scott’s music has been described as peaceful and meditative and is characterized by single take solo guitar compositions, often in open tunings, released on micro-edition lathe vinyl pressings coupled with original paintings and upcycled sleeve art.
On April 14th, a collaborative album with Stirling-based group Constant Follower -led by Stephen McAll-  Even Days Dissolve, will be released. For Even Days Dissolve, Urquhart and Constant Follower frontman Stephen McAll drew from a very specific inspiration: after a violent attack that left him partially paralyzed, on the long road to recovery, McAll often found relief to the works of Scottish poet Norman McCaig. Those same poems serve as the inception point for Even Days Dissolve. Central to this record is Urquhart’s magnificent guitar work, which serves as the album’s instrumental core, incorporating blues and folk into the record’s arrangements.

What Scott William says: “It‘s been such a delight to collaborate with Constant Follower and other musicians, filmmakers and artists on this album. The first single Waves Crash Here was written in Fife’s Barbados – lower largo – and recorded and produced in Stirling at McAll’s studio, then mastered by Kramer in the USA.

His Mixtape:

Jake Xerxes Fussell – Love Farewell

There something so tender and nostalgic about Jake’s music and storytelling that I really connect with, and this track from his album Good and Green Again is a beautiful rendition of a heartbreaking love song.  I played at a Golden Hum show with Jake when he visited Stirling a few years back and it was a fantastic night.

dbh – Shed Light

dbh is a musician from Manchester and has released two stunning instrumental guitar albums (Mood and Mass).  This track showcases his incredible talent for creating melodic and glorious nylon strung guitar compositions.  Dan has been a big influence on my own playing style.  His albums are on regular rotation in our house and all the family love it, even the dog.

Black Country New Road – Sunglasses

I was a bit unsure of one first listen but this one has become a firm staple in my life – this is such an absorbing and mesmerising track and as a Slint diehard this band was never going to be far off my radar.

Wugazi – Sleep Rules Everything Around Me

Are mash ups allowed on here? I love both these artists and this is an example of the musical whole being greater than the sum of the parts.  From the album 13 Chambers released in 2011 this brings together the finest moments of Fugazi and Wu Tang – I keep returning to it again and again.

Matt Carmichael – Dune

One of the finest musicians in the UK today and a leading proponent of the Scottish Expanse music genre – Just bought Matt’s recent album Marram and I love every moment of it – full of rich imagery and delightful melodies – every track is a gem. We were fortunate and thankful to have Matt play on the final track of our album Even Days Dissolve.

Chat Pile – Slaughterhouse

That drum intro. That band carries so much energy and power. As much as I enjoy pastoral gentle guitar music I also really massively dig this sludge metal band. Takes me back to seeing Jesus Lizard at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in the early 90s. From their gut-churning album Gods Country.

Bedouine- Nice and Quiet

We saw Bedouine supporting Michael Kiwanuka in Perth – we were captivated by her music and she sang like an angel. From her 2017 self titled album.

Even Days Dissolve will be out April 14th. Look HERE for more information on Scott William Urquhart.  


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