Neil Sturgeon and the Infomaniacs release their new album Geography & Luck.
June 18th sees the arrival of an exciting new release by Scottish singer-songwriter Neil Sturgeon with ‘Geography & Luck’, the debut album from Neil Sturgeon & The Infomaniacs which features twelve songs including the well received singles / EPs ‘Ride The Tide’, ‘NY Reflection Song’ and ‘Break Me’. All three singles were radio favourites when released and those familiar with Eurosport’s tennis coverage may recognise ‘Break Me’ which has been used regularly as a musical backdrop at their televised events.
Reviews of the EP’s referenced a musical kinship with the likes of Gene Clark (The Byrds), Elliott Smith, The Zombies, Mike Nesmith and Matthew Sweet and the G&L album continues in this vein and should be of interest to lovers of classic singer-songwriter records by the likes of Carole King, Neil Young, George Harrison and John Sebastian. Nine of the album tracks were recorded at the home studio of Teenage Fanclub’s Raymond McGinley who produced and engineered the sessions and also chipped in with vocals & guitar on a couple of tracks. The album also features sterling performances from Neil Menzies (bass), David Andrews (lead guitar) and Ally MacLean (keyboards) from Neil’s previous band, 60’s influenced Glasgow garage rock outfit The Goldenhour.
Other contributors to the album include Raymond Meade (Ronelles, Ocean Colour Scene) on vocals, talented folk musician Celine Donoghue (banjo) and Paul Tasker (Doghouse Roses) on acoustic guitar and mandolin. Neil’s original intention was to record an acoustic album to showcase some of Neil’s mellower songs which didn’t quite fit The Goldenhour’s ‘in your face’ musical style but as the sessions progressed many of the tracks took on more of a full band flavour as some of Neil’s musical mates lent their talents to proceedings.
As a result the album is a varied selection from the more stripped back tracks such as ‘Song For EJ’ and album closer ‘Picture River’ to the infectious power pop of ‘Break Me’ and Infomaniacs live favourite ‘She Talks In Whispers’. Neil’s favourite song on the album ‘Ride The Tide’ features the largest ensemble on the album with ten ‘Infomaniacs’ performing on the track.
Buy the album HERE