The Scottish Enlightenment
Your enjoyment of The Scottish Enlightenment hinges on the band’s voice, one David Moyes and his dour philosophical musings set to Pavement-style dirge and lilt.
There are some lovely guitar lines, like sunshine breaking momentarily through cloud. So far, so Scottish. ‘Downbeat’ doesn’t really begin to cover it, though - this is Arab Strap without the violence, despite . . .A Bit Harder’s understated menace. All Homemade Things brings back some watery sunshine, before To The Dogs. . well, the title says it all, really.