Category Archives: Press

Wilcow, Tatopoum.net, December 2006 [5/5]

Si Sarah records existait encore, il signerait sans hésiter nos 3 écossais de Northern Alliance, car leur univers musical aux contours celestes, ressemble beaucoup à tous ces groupes ,field mice, trembling blue star,mojave 3, Zéphyrs …..faiseurs de popsongs atmosphériques, cotoneuses … Continue reading

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Benjamin, adecouvrirabsolument.com, December 2006

Dans le livret du premier long format des Ecossais de Northern Alliance – For The Grains Of Sand- on peut lire ceci : “This album is for Aidan.” Fantasmant une hypothétique confraternité, on ne peut s’empêcher de penser qu’il s’agit … Continue reading

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Is This Music, December 2006 [4/5]

‘For The Grains Of Sand’ is the long-awaited (well, in some circles!) debut album from Edinburgh slo-core enthusiasts Northern Alliance and, as expected, it’s packed full of wondrous, slow, swirling guitar epics that entwine themselves in the listeners subconscious. Which … Continue reading

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Peter John Meiklem, The Big Issue, November 2006 [4/5]

Lying between the dark, post rock of Mogwai and the quiet vocals of Low, this third album from the East Lothianers is a triumph of homespun recording.

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Rick Fulton, Daily Record, 03.11.06

For the Grains of Sand FIRST full-length album (although they’ve released two mini-albums) from Edinburgh’s finest. It’s been two years since Disaster for Scotland and boy have they moved on. Wonders of the Invisible World, while still playing their blend … Continue reading

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Avril Cadden, Sunday Mail, 05.11.06 [3/5]

Anything aligned with Fife’s Fence Collective is worth a look. Doug Johnstone and Viv Strachan share vocals on this charm-filled album. Comparable to Sparklehorse, Will Oldham and Low, the Edinburgh band’s sound is often gentle and the lyrics thoughtful. Scaffolding, … Continue reading

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Kevin Moug, Maverick Magazine, 07.11.06 [4/5]

Edinburgh based band Northern Alliance are part of the loose coalition of musicians known as the Fence Collective. This is the band’s third album coming over two years after the critically acclaimed Hope in Little Things (2003) and Disaster for … Continue reading

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Malcolm Jack, The List, 01.10.06 [4/5]

Recorded in a loft in East Lothian, this has been a slow burner of a third album for Northern Alliance, taking two years to finish, largely because members were variously doing real stuff: writing a novel, travelling, studying – having … Continue reading

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Chris Merriman, Subba-Cultcha, 30.10.06

Promising late night bedsit rock for those lone Jack Daniels’ moments Northern Alliance are every inch a live band – their new album has been recorded in a loft and it shows, with professional production values but a fresh raw … Continue reading

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Stuart Wright, Rocksound, July 2004 [8/10]

Who? Scottish three-piece: Craig Smith (bass, guitar, keys, drum machine), Doug Johnstone (guitar, drums, vocals, keys) and Viv Strachan (vocals) Sounds Like? The true Celtic folk sounds and moods that heavily influence Will Oldham with shades of Ian Curtis in … Continue reading

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