Various Artists


Thank You For Being You

Given its population compared to its southern neighbour, Scotland has always punched above its weight when it comes to great independent bands, and this compilation aims to celebrate its rich independent tradition. On ‘Thank You For Being You’ you’ll find Belle & Sebastian’s ruddy-cheeked, insanely catchy ‘She’s Losing It’ and elder statesmen Josef K’s stately, wry ‘It’s Kind Of Funny’ jostling for attention with fresh-faced new acts, such as How To Swim. There are some obvious, glaring omissions (Orange Juice, Mogwai, Franz) but this shortbread-sweet sampler of the sound of indie Scotland is a brave bid to reclaim Jock rock from The Proclaimers.

Emily Mackay