Ewan Grant, AKA Algernon Doll, returns with his follow up to debut album, Camomile, with new album Citalo-pop, released via Common Records.
Lo-fi video for Algernon Doll’s second single from the album, Citalo-pop
A departure from last years debut album where singer songwriter Ewan Grant expelled the difficulties in dealing with the toils of extreme anxiety disorder and bipolar, Citalo-pop immediately offers a freshness in comparison with the inclusion of fuzzy grunge-esque guitars, distorted, layered vocals and Algernon Doll’s trademark off-kilter alt-folk sound exhibited in his releases to date.
This is exhibited in the album track ‘Anti-them’ which sees Algernon Doll continue to explore his alternative rock roots, as Grant’s pained vocals and grungy guitar sound comes to the fore.
You can download ‘Anti-them’ below or from the ABoF Soundcloud page.
Inspired by the likes of Red House Painters on Old Ramon, Mark Lanegan, Elliott Smith and Dinosaur Jr, Algernon Doll continues to display a maturity beyond his years by executing such a rich texture to his songwriting – something many of his contemporaries would aspire to achieve.
As well as ‘Anti-them‘, songs such as ‘Cassini‘ mark an immediate change in direction – up tempo, distorted guitars soar throughout, with driven incessant drumming and time changes galore, all brought together by Grant’s emotionally charged vocals. Even the dreamier ‘Home- schooled’, which has a far more ominous feeling, illustrates the direction Algernon Doll has taken as the track builds slowly into a visceral, heavy outro spearheaded by Grant’s expressive guitar playing and intense vocals.
Citalo-pop is a vehicle for Ewan Grant to expel his dark outlook on life while allowing him to tap into his punk and hardcore background, creating a schizophrenic sound that keeps the listener on their toes throughout the 13 tracks found on the album.
Grant has assembled a full band for live shows to replicate the bigger sound produced on the album, adding another dimension to his sound. To support the release of Citalo-pop Algernon Doll will be playing a launch show at the 13th Note Cafe in Glasgow on 13th June