From her career as a principal songwriter with The Delgados through her excellent brace of solo long players, Emma Pollock’s ability to craft leftfield music has never been in doubt.
Her new album’s debut single, Parks and Recreation sees the diminutive Glaswegian break a half-decade’s silence with the barrelingrhythms of her former band and the urgent guitars of alt-pop heroes Tanya Donnelly and Kristin Hersh.
And these sounds from the album In Search of Harperfield which has been very well received by music reviewers (“The Dusty Springfield of cerebral indie pop. In a field of her own,” says UNCUT) are heading to the latest Doghouse gig at Arden Road Social Club on Friday, May 27.
Placing those taut guitars and infectious rhythms to one side though, it’s Emma’s vocal that really elevates ‘Parks and Recreation’ to another level of beguiling pop: the laid back warmth of her delivery a perfect foil for the song’s percussive bluster.
Also on the bill is Halifax singer Niamh O’Leary and up and coming Todmorden band The Derrieres, who are well known to regulars of Jack’s House pub.
The outfit formed in 2014 and consists of Nathan Robinson on lead guitar and vocals, Liam Pringle, bass guitar and vocals and Bobby Shanks, drums and vocals,
Tickets £9 in advance from venue or Revo Records.