Caught In The Wake Forever is a new project developed by Fraser McGowan from Paisley in Scotland. He is one of several artists to feature on the Mini 50 Records roster; a small Edinburgh-based label who have recently released impressive albums by both David Newlyn and Conquering Animal Sound. McGowan is another artist who is fond of mixing minimal electronica with lo-fi acoustics and field recordings.
Although marketed as an EP, the added remixes of each of the five tracks expand it to nearly fifty minutes of music. The “bonuses” are well worth hearing too. Whereas McGowan’s original version of ‘Recorded With You In Mind’ is a quietly melancholic affair, characterised by the whirrs and clicks of machines, Yellow6 turns it in to a richer, reverb-heavy experience. Elsewhere, Library Tapes and Fieldhead add a touch of nocturnal mystery with their own re-workings.
‘Fragments Turn To Dust’ is arguably the track where Mcgowan gives the best account of himself; the melody is sad and intimate and operates in the same field as the much-missed Labradford. Morose piano and static dominates the spare ‘Mount Batten Ferry’ whilst ‘I Have Nothing Left To Give You Anymore’ conveys Internet problems on a wet afternoon.
Sometimes McGowan struggles to create his own identity and it’s clear that many of the artists he’s worked with here sound a lot like him. Credit where credit’s due though, it’s easy to picture scenes of remote Scottish life whilst listening to the EP. That power to evoke should server him well on future outings.
Library Tapes, Labradford, Yellow6, Fieldhead