Video Premiere: Arborist “The Mountain Will Come To You”

The plan had been to re-record two songs for a double A-side single – with a string accompaniment making them sound significantly different.  And then, like everyone else, Mark McCambridge (a.k.a Arborist) found that Covid had come into his life.  This led to a slight change of plan – the songs were completed at home and prepared for release initially digitally with ‘The Mountain Will Come To You‘ out on October 9th  and ‘A Heart In Minor‘ on November 6th.  The pair will also get a physical release as a limited edition double A-Side 7″ on 24th October as part of the third instalment of Record Store Day 2020. Continue reading “Video Premiere: Arborist “The Mountain Will Come To You””

Video Premiere: Arborist “By Rote”

Watching the dancers perform in this video is strangely beautiful and calming.  The same can be said of the music.  The young dancers,
Isabella Dunbar, Lucy Dunbar and Ciarán Mac Giolla Cheara, reflect the song’s key theme of repetition.  As would be expected from Arborist, ‘By Rote’ is melodious, sweeping and cinematic with layers and layers of delicately combined and expertly played instrumentation.  Continue reading “Video Premiere: Arborist “By Rote””

Arborist “A Northern View” (Rollercoaster Records, 2020)

Arborist started as a solo project for singer Mark McCambridge but evolved into a five piece band for the recording of their first album ‘Home Burial’. The addition of guitars and piano enriched their sound. Now, on ‘A Northern View’ the line-up has been completed by the addition of a violinist. What results is a sweeping sound, complex with melody, all held together by McCambridge’s poetical approach to songs. It’s also a political statement about the position of Northern Ireland, in an increasingly not United Kingdom (the northern view in question). Continue reading “Arborist “A Northern View” (Rollercoaster Records, 2020)”

Video: Arborist “Here Comes the Devil”

Taken from the album ‘A Northern View’, this is the new single from Arborist.  It’s a well-directed, moody affair, beautifully sung and with a lovely rhythm.  This collection of songs tells of life from the Northern Irish viewpoint of song writer, Mark McCambridge, both personal and political.  ‘Here Comes the Devil’ is about the monster lurking within is all.  Unsettling.  In a good way.