Far from home, miles across the Atlantic, there arose a talented and promising Scottish indie folk artist, Arbor Green.
More specifically based in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the band was formed from the wondrous mind of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ali Begg (guitar and vocals), who took to his roots to produce songs that ignite a thoughtful glow. Consisting of additional members Thomas Caldwell (guitar and vocals), Samuel Bradley (bass and vocals), and Simon Gibb (drums and percussion), the band fluidly blends their skills to convey a traditional yet innovative sound that exudes profound relatability.
Following their New Year’s Day debut single “Margaret,” Arbor Green have released another song by the name of their upcoming album title “As We Grow,” a satirical perception that examines the fight for revival and elation as it constantly endures the weight brought on by the flight of dejection and pessimism.
The luminescent strum of the guitars layered with thumping drums and lustrous harmonies seamlessly compliment Begg’s authentic croon, leaving a lasting impression and an eagerness to see what more they have in store. Dedicated to anyone struggling with their mind’s inner turmoil, Begg writes a song that wittingly assures us of his understanding.
The track features the likes of accomplished drummer James MacKintosh and notable singer Hannah Fisher, and is paired with a quirky music video shot near Edinburgh on Portobello beach in the middle of a chilly January day. The video features Begg, accompanied by a few others, participating in a random stream of activities, including eating a bowl of cereal, brushing his teeth, and wearing a dress as he enjoys an ice cream cone — all while digging his toes in the harsh bite of the winter sand. Endlessly playful, the video is a joy to watch as much as the song is to listen to.
For a band that is rather fresh out of the woodwork, at least to the streaming public, they’ve managed to make quite an impressive entrance, baring a much adorned potential and satisfactory introduction. I’m excited for what’s to come.