Man of the Minch has released debut album, The Tide is at the Turning, via Olive Grove Records and The Bothy Society. The queer artist who blends traditional Celtic sounds with modern pop, Man of the Minch, aka Pedro Cameron, has gained critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone magazine, The Guardian and Cerys Matthews (BBC 6Music), which has seen him quickly emerge as one of the most exciting names at the forefront of Scottish indie-folk music. With this and the new release in mind, The Fountain caught up with Pedro to discuss the new album and plans for the near future.

TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to The Tide is at the Turning?

I really couldn’t have asked for better. It’s been overwhelming. There’s such an anxiety when you pour everything into music as to how it will be received, but people seem to be really connecting with it. I tried really hard to be authentic, both musically and lyrically, and it’s so affirming that people have embraced that.  

TF: And can you sum up the record in one sentence?

The Tide is at the Turning is a folk/country/synth-pop album of thirteen songs about heartbreak and self acceptance, with a thread of hopefulness and community, from a queer perspective.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

I’ll be performing these songs as much as possible, and we’ll be releasing a single or two. I have plans for a ridiculous video for Gone with Broken Chanter – keep an eye out for that!

TF: When can we next expect a live show from you now that venues and gigs are kicking off again?

I’m going on a mini tour in the Highlands with Adam Ross of Randolph’s Leap in November, and I have some shows in the cities lined up too. I’m so glad to have live music back – the gigs I’ve played at and been to so far have been magic.

The Tide is at the Turning is out now via Olive Grove Records (limited 12″ vinyl) and The Bothy Society (digital and CD)

Photo courtesy of Ross Anderson