There’s no confusing Mount Florida with Orlando, Florida. But the hazy Glasgow summer of 2018 was all the inspiration Martha Ffion (Claire McKay) needed to conjure up a gloriously perceptive and mellow sunshine record.
These are tough times, and while Martha has created a lush-sounding record, the lyrical themes are tailor-made for today. With topics such as the rise of rightwing thinking, nostalgia, depression, and grim politics, you’d be forgiven for thinking the artist came up with these songs in the past week.
There are hints of Talking Heads at their tropical finest, and no doubt plenty of other acts too young or too hip for this writer to reel off. However, let’s not worry about who the record has been sun-kissed by; Martha Ffion is enough of a local talent (yes, we’re claiming Claire as part of the Scottish scene) for us all to bask in its glory. Cheers!
Nights To Forget is released on 14th August on Lost Map Records
Photography: Beth Chalmers