Calamateur vs Steve Lawson

Calamateur vs Steve Lawson

What could be better than the release of a new album by a good friend? I’ll tell you: the release of a new album by two good friends.

Calamateur (Andrew Howie) and Steve Lawson (erm … Steve Lawson) have collaborated on an album of nine original, beautifully eerie songs which will be officially released on Monday 1 October. The tracks are available to download now, however, on Bandcamp.

The truth

Here’s what the Autoclave Records website says about the album:

The playing is immaculate, the production gorgeous and the arrangements are achingly close to perfection. These are Calamateur songs though, which means they’re loaded with yearning, loss, ascetic sensuality and a commitment to revealing personal and universal truths. And tunes, it’s more packed with tunes that a Topic is with hazelnuts.

What more could you want from your next album purchase than yearning, loss, ascetic sensuality and both personal and universal truths? The perfect album for an enneagram type four! So many releases these days sell themselves short with a commitment to just personal truths, like the Manic Street Preachers This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours.

The album is beautiful, spacious, emotional, stark. I don’t think that I can sum it up any better than on the website:

At times deeply unsettling, and often painfully confessional (even the instrumental tracks) the overwhelming sense is of beauty in a stark place; a desolate Antarctic wilderness of songs.


Track listing in full:

  1. Wonder
  2. How Long
  3. Even After
  4. Unimagined
  5. Spring Snow Storm
  6. Endo
  7. Ripsukibuna
  8. Lie in Wait
  9. 1993

My only disappointment with the album is that it promised nine new tracks. But I’d already heard a demo of track 5 “Spring Snow Storm”! (Hardly a disappointment though: I love that track.)

Buy online

You can buy and download this album from Bandcamp.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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