The Pictish Trail – ‘Secret Soundz Vol 1 & 2’

The Pictish Trail - 'Secret Soundz Vol 1 & 2'


Compilation of solo star's output skips from Super Furry Animals to MGMT

Trawler-chic beardie Johnny Lynch was King Creosote’s compadre in Fence Records while he was knocking off beautifully disparate albums of Casio-folk, minimalist house, pastoral psychedelia and Donkey Kong electronics in his spare time as The Pictish Trail. This compilation of his two ‘Secret Soundz’ albums from 2008 and 2013 skips freely between Super Furry Animals, Sufjan Stevens, The Magnetic Fields, MGMT and bits that sound like Daft Punk pissing about on toy laptops as toddlers. That the exuberant vocoder electro rock of ‘Secret Sound #2’ can happily co-exist with the rustic multi-harmonied Woodpigeon alt-folk of ‘All I Own’, the acid pop of ‘Sequels’ and the rave round Bon Iver’s gaff that is ‘Winter Home Disco’ gives you hope that one day even Nigel Farage may live peacefully next door to a Romanian. Spread the secret.

Mark Beaumont


Record label: Moshi Moshi
Release date: 09 Jun, 2014