Releasing through her own label, Suffering Fools Records, Siobhan Wilson has dedicated her most recent EP, Plastic Grave, to Xtinction Rebellion Scotland. Haunting, raw, and atmospheric, this recent release is impactful and stunningly intimate, with many of the songs being affected and inspired by her time in Canada.
After touring with the likes of Suzanne Vega, The Proclaimers and Aidan Moffat, around North America as well as the UK, Siobhan Wilson has been working on this nature-centric EP, which outlines the artists self-sufficient capacity after Song, by Toad retired from the Scottish music scene. A beautifully harmonious piece of work with moments of discord running alongside, Plastic Grave is far from disingenuous, and carries both warmth and a callus rawness throughout the seven-track record.
With every pound from her sales going straight to Xtinction Rebellion, Wilson is clearly a passionate artist, and this certainly seeps through her music. Theatre in Winter is a dramatic track that oozes of Radiohead influences, underpinning those fragile and delicate vocal chords. Cinematic and layered, multi-faceted and pivoting, Theatre in Winter is a great track to set the scene with Wilson’s new EP. And well, followed by this grungey live recording of Behind the Curtain this clever compiling highlights the versatile talent of Siobhan Wilson.
Title track, Plastic Grave brings it back to vocals and tinkling ivories again, stripping it all back down to poetic lyrics and haunting sounds before it embellishes and swells. Tree Music has me in the palm of its bark, as I indulgently listen to this stunningly composed piece of uplifting instrumental music. The strings and percussion push and pull you along compellingly until you hit Echo Location, which sees you in another emotive place, Wilson nodding towards the likes of Kate Bush and Tori Amos, as we hear bat calls. However, the stand out track is Your Moon Has Come, a pop song recorded with Steve Albini in the US, which wouldn’t be out of place needledropping an episode of Handmaid’s Tale. Impactful, delicate and haunting, it hits you with an emotional hammer.
Plastic Grave has to be the most alluring work to date by Siobhan Wilson, with the seven tracks paving the way for a varied style and, no doubt, career.
Plastic Grave is out now, via Suffering Fools Records.