The Shouting Cave - Album Preview
Music Video - Falling Lives
Music Video - Havoc
Music Video - Wild Roots
The Shouting Cave is a concept album that explores the effect of the Internet on Society. The band argue that the Internet is the purest reflection of humanity, a world built entirely of our own thoughts, emotions and desires - “a sea to float our dreams”, as described in the album track 'The Human Isle'. What do we see in that reflection? Have we stopped to think? The album explores these questions by portraying the Internet as a new wilderness into which we are born, telling individual stories within the overarching theme.
Tracks such as ‘Falling Lives’ and ‘Wild Roots’ showcase the band’s cinematic style through delicate but powerful soundscapes, reminiscent ofSigur Ros and Four Tet, while ‘Havoc’ and ‘Animals’ lift the tempo, focusing on intertwining melodies and heartfelt vocal lines in the style of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens. The message of The Shouting Cave is laid bare in the final two tracks of the album; the gloriously dark track ‘The Human Isle’ describes a desolate world which then blossoms into the culminating track ‘Things Grow’, with its unyielding chant “Things grow, Things grow legs and run wild”.
Duncan Sutherland (vocals & guitar), Jason Matthews (piano, clarinet, synth & bass), Jackie Baxter (cello),Tom Smith (trombone & violin) and Stephen Coleman (drums & percussion) came together due to a shared love of Radiohead and Mogwai. The band has a strong background in classical training, sharing five music degrees amongst them, which allows a freedom and understanding of experimental arrangements both live and recorded. The band toured the East Coast of the US (coinciding with Hurricane Sandy), bringing their passion for composition to their live shows and ensuring each one has its own developing theme. The video for ‘Falling Lives’ showcases their enthusiasm for cross-art collaboration, featuring a beautifully choreographed interpretive dance that both illuminates and compliments the tone of the music.
Each track on The Shouting Cave is strong enough to stand on its own merit, but listened to in its entirety the album irresistibly comes to life.
"Turning Plates are unique on the Scottish music scene... they create post-rock soundscapes that are full of wonder, blending electrifying whispers, dramatic peaks, beautiful melodies and intricate arrangements. It's almost chamber-prog, with melodic elements that sometimes remind me of English folk music, before soaring into an emotional state that's up there with Sigur Ros. This truly is music to make the heart swell."
"As I’m writing this I am all too aware of stacking superlative upon superlative to write about this release. Nevertheless sometimes high praise is deserved. It is very hard to talk about such an interesting project without a large amount of enthusiasm. This is definitely one of the most interesting albums I have heard this year; if you are reading this, I implore you to go out and enjoy it."
"Tales of wilderness, discovery and isolation are stories of metaphors used to explore the underlying concept of significant changes brought about to our society through the internet. Every song falls under the same theme and are the equivalent to novels sung to us by Turning Plates. The music, an epitome of beauty."
"The band have talent in abundance that has allowed them to create a sound so beautifully composed. Exquisite soundscapes, instrumental passages and an experimentation that doesn’t isolate the listener instead, it captivates the listener and makes you waiting to come back for more"