Album Review: Don’t Whistle the Weird Away

Like so many of today’s most exciting new breakthrough musicians, there is one name which may have passed you by recently; that name is Mark Deans.

mark deans 3Mark Deans is the latest artist to come from Scotland’s exciting indie music scene with his maiden album Don’t Whistle the Weird Away. This may be his inaugural album, but he is by no means new to music. He has served in the trenches of the live music scene for over ten years. He played in various bands, initially on drums before finding his calling on guitar. Deans paid his dues on the unforgiving UK live scene which will make you, and just as easily break you.

Two years ago he decided it was time to break out on his own; time find his own voice and find his own place in the music scene without the need for compromise. Through a fateful shared taxi ride with songwriter Davie Bennett, a vision for his first album began to be realised, and after eighteen months of hard graft & torturous writing, Don’t Whistle the Weird Away is finally ready.

mark deans 2If asked, he may modestly describe his music as Scottish folk/indie. The truth is, it is much more than that. Though the traditional modern Scottish folk tell-tale signs are unmistakeable, this is an acoustic and intensely intimate album in which he explores some of his fondest and most personal memories. The songs are incredibly melodic and chilled, however this is juxtaposed with at times tense and emotional lyrics. Three of the stand-out songs are Dream More, Right to Kill and Streetlight Lullaby, which are examples of how Deans’ lyrics goes from aspirational to angst-ridden and poignant, and back again.

His is a voice which could so easily echo most people’s lives as we make our way through post-recession UK; a time when ordinary people’s dreams seem further away and more unobtainable than ever. Deans has hit the perfect note between modern day realism and an uplifting hope for something better in the future.

mark deans 5For a man finding his voice with that always difficult debut album, Mark Deans’ raw potential shines through. The future looks bright for him, and I look forward to a second album with great anticipation. Until then, Don’t Whistle the Weird Away is more than enough.

Released by Music Tree Records and mixed by Samantha Walton live, Don’t Whistle the Weird Away is available on Spotify, and on iTunes for £5.99 – well worth the investment to catch the blossoming of one of the UK’s more exciting new talents.

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Kieran O'Neill

Kieran O'Neill is a comedian and writer/columnist from Glasgow who is also a trained aromatherapist and beautician (fact). He can be found blogging at Throughly Modern Kieran -http://calmdownkieran.blogspot.co.uk/