Letters: Older Motion Pictures EP

For the past twelve months or so, Scottish dark indie pop band Letters has consistently released singles that brought passion and emotion hand in hand with deep stirring atmospheres and keen incisive melodies. Each release has taken and shown a further step forward in a band that almost evolves before the ear within the songs, each track a living and breathing force that identifies with the heart and thoughts. May 19th sees the release of their new EP Older Motion Pictures and yet again the band has moved forward with a formidable measure.

The Older Motion Pictures EP is the follow up to recently released and impressive single The Halfway House. Unveiled through God Is In The TV Records, from the excellent God is in the TV webzine, the EP has a deeper depth and open maturity than anything they have released before and they were startling in their creativity and craft to start with. Recorded alongside Stephen Watkins of Edinburgh’s TAPE Studios the four songs within Older Motion Pictures wrap themselves around the senses with a consuming presence and a cinematic feel. The songs inspire visuals and thoughts from lives and places soaked in perpetually touching and stirring experiences. They pulsate and persuade with a closed and pervading intent to take one from their own world into the lives and thoughts within the stark inspirations fuelled the songs.

The opening track Explosions immediately pulls one within its vibrant and beckoning instrumental body, inspiring an eagerness to immerse within the emotive depths which clasp the ear from the start. With sharp crystalline melodies sparkling through the ambience texture which mesmerises the senses the song is a spark to incite the feelings. The song is quite uplifting and bright from Letters but still there is that melancholic atmosphere which laces everything and thickens fully with a captivating elegance within the following title track.

The song Older Motion Pictures is a powerful and wonderfully emotional creature. From the impactful piano lead the song envelopes the feelings gradually and totally. The drama brought by the ever stunning velvet cello of Georgie Williamson and the morose bass of Dougie Fuller is as extraordinary as the melancholic life of the song. The vocals of Mikey Ferguson are as evocative and impressive as ever and combined together with the guitar of Ed Ellis and the striking beats of Kerr Donaldson, there is a real sense of enormity and flavour which made the Walker Brothers the greats they were.

The EP is completed by two equally wonderful songs in Torren and From Time To Time. The songs yet again show the skilled intelligent songwriting and its translation into music that is much more than simply good sounds for the ear. The poppy impassioned Torren dances on the heart with an enthused air of an open and defiant heart whilst the closing From Time To Time with its anthemic gait stirs up the feelings as well as providing the deepest tingle from that irresistible cello and the imaginative guitars and melodies which sway and envelope every portion of their recipients.

Resourceful, evocative and completely mesmeric, Older Motion Pictures is another staggering release from not only one of the best bands in the UK, but one with a uniqueness of sound and quality that defies comparison with any other band. Letters paint with sound, textures and passion, their songs portraits that touch far more than the ear whilst being canvasses for our emotions to expand upon.



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Letters – Torren

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Letters:The Halfway House

Having already treated us to the exceptional sounds of the singles Pipe Dreams, Grand National, and Flash! Lights, Edinburgh dark cello pop band Letters return with new track The Halfway House as they build towards their forthcoming debut EP Older Motion Pictures due on the 19th of May. Once more the band ignites the senses with an expressive and emotive song that leads one in to their distinct world of creativity and beckoning shadows.

Letters have just touched a year as a band and with each release seem to grow and mature into an even stronger emotive force. Though only a few songs into their existence you feel each time they are already at their height, the singles so impressive but each subsequent track takes another distinct step forward, the band finding more and more within them and their creative well. This makes the anticipation for the EP even more acute and impatient.

Recorded and mixed with Stephen Watkins of TAPE Studios, The Halfway House is a stunning song bringing bulging dark rhythms and throbbing riffs into an even tighter mesh with glorious harmonies and impactful emotions.  Unavoidably the centre to the song is initially the wonderful vocals of guitarist Mikey Ferguson and the delicious moody cello ingenuity of Georgie Williamson, whose own vocals make the perfect contrast and companion to those of Ferguson. As the song plays and plays upon the ear though it is not long before the energy and artistry of the whole band reveals itself as the heart to their poignant and impressive sound. Fellow guitarist Ed Ellis lays intricate guitar sounds to exploit in the best way the senses whilst the bass of Dougie Fuller yet again sets the darkest deepest tone to the song with a greedy passion. With the rhythms of drummer Kerr Donaldson framing and guiding, the song takes the heart on an anthemic journey that leaves one mesmerised and glowing.

The Halfway House builds to an infectious crescendo that leaves one breathless, though they have you hooked and gasping within the opening seconds of the song to be honest. The band takes you on an honest stark trip with their every song, The Halfway House the most visual and effective yet. Lyrically the band weave images and emotions just as they do sound, and are proving to be one of the most complete bands that grace the ear right now and it feels only a few steps away that the strongest recognition awaits.

Letters offer the soundtrack to your emotions, heart, and shadows; they make exceptional music and perfect songs as The Halfway House proves. The only problem with them is whatever they give is never enough. One blissful single and one is longing for more, for the EP and for sure once that feeds our greed the longing will be for an immediate album. Letters are not just good; they are an essential breath within music.


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Letters head out on a Scottish tour with ‘Where We Lay Our Heads’ in March to celebrate the single release.


21st – Glasgow – Captain’s Rest

22nd – Inverness – Hootanannys

23rd – Thurso – Newmarket Bar

24th – Skye – Saucy Mary’s

25th – Edinburgh – Wee Red Bar


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