Sounds Like: Nick Drake, Elbow, Belle and Sebastian, John Grant, Queen
Label: Damn Fine Music
Bio: "I like my creativity to span the same subject range as life itself, from the achingly heartfelt to the utterly ridiculous".
Michael Rattray has played with Belle and Sebastian, Idlewild, The Vaselines and in May 2011 supported Edwyn Collins at Perth Theatre. He's played at T in the park, toure...See Full Bio
“As a writer, he can turn his hand to various genres, but here he’s very much in a folk mind, the songs either sparse, stripped down affairs or benefitting from the contributions of local musicians on cello, violin, accordion, double bass and flute. The contemplative stately Lennoneque piano ballad title track kicks things off before he slides into the frisky, summery jaunt of The Ghost of Nick Drake, a rather more playful and sunny lyric than the title might suggest. Big Black Dog, a number about his depression, offers a bluesier, rockier side while a choppily shuffling Here Comes The Silence fuses Gerry Rafferty, George Harrison, Ticking Boxes is a violin accompanied waltz with Higher Ground bringing a country flavor with its keening pedal steel, twangy guitar and train-wheels rhythms”