This Silent Forest
(Never Make Friends)
James Graham of The Twilight Sad, James Allan of Glasvegas, Neil Pennycook of Meursault … Scottish indie has its fair share of male vocalists who sing with combined force and feeling. Now add This Silent Forest's singer-songwriter Graeme Macdonald to the list. The band could be said to fall under an indie-folk umbrella, especially when the core quartet expands to a six-piece with female harmonies and strings. But this debut full-length album blows those lighter touches out of the water, filling the spaces of earlier EPs with post-rock guitars and tunes that could go 12 rounds with anything currently at the top end of the charts. As anthems such as Give Me An Answer and Get In Line make their mark, the reference points creep closer to The National or an edgier Snow Patrol, but it's the slow-burn epics (particularly magnificent opening track We Are We Were) that push This Silent Forest ahead of the crowd.