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Album Review

This is Shooglenifty's first studio album since 1996's A Whisky Kiss. Like that album and its predecessor, Venus in Tweeds, Solar Shears creatively combines Scottish folk underpinnings with techno and worldbeat music. The end result is akin to a modern musical jaunt around the world. Their homeland Celtic roots are most obvious; however, hints of Mid-Eastern, Far Eastern, and American bluegrass are evident, with a foundation that alternates between groove-heavy techno or ambient with progressive rock & roll arrangements. Clearly progressive can imply many things in popular music, but Shooglenifty should not be haphazardly lumped into the predictable prog camps, as their music really defies categorization.

Biography

Formed: Edinburgh, Scotland

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The musical traditions of Scotland have been combined with modern influences of rock, pop, jazz, and urban dance music to create the hypno-folkadelic/ambient/traditional sound of Shooglenifty. According to the Ottawa Sun, the Edinburgh-based sextet is "setting the world on fire with their super trippy blend of Celtic staples and everything from acid jazz to Latin shuffles." An offshoot of psych-bluegrass quintet Swamptrash, Shooglenifty initially came together at informal sessions at the Edinburgh...
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