When I think about Scotland, my memory brings me back to a few travels there. Good times, great beer and lots of nice folks, but there's something that has always been in the background of all my visits — grey clouds and rain falling from the sky. Not to say that Scotland is a depressive, dark place, but the way that this kind of weather is so characteristic of the landscape is a fascinating part of the whole experience. I am speaking about the weather conditions in Scotland because as soon as I heard the very first seconds of "Rain Falls Down" from Bridgehunter's album The Other Side, I instantly thought about my trip to Glasgow a while ago. A little bit into listening and reading about the band and…guess what? One of the musicians is from Scotland! I love writing about connections, and this project owes a lot to those kinds of things. Instrumentalist Pat Kilgore who hails from Tucson, AZ started to collaborate with Scottish vocalist Ewen Allardyce after the latter stumbled across Kilgore’s instrumental demos on Soundcloud, and it was clear from the start that something good was going on.
Their debut album The Other Side is a concept album that tells the story of a man whose wife dies at home, going through the entire emotional tempest that this event brought in. The flavor of the album is classic, in a good way, bringing together the best of psychedelia and hard rock with a melancholic, dark vibe. As any good concept album, the 14 songs on this record flow smoothly, telling the story and balancing the emotional impact perfectly because of its eclectic approach. For example "45 Seconds" brings you in a different place than does a song like "Stay With Me.” This album is going to make any lover of good psychedelic rock really happy.
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