Turning Plates

Turning Plates


"...an intense if intoxicating introduction."
- Clash Magazine

"This truly is music to make the heart swell."
- The Herald

Turning Plates are delighted to announce their self-released debut album, The Shouting Cave, part funded by Creative Scotland, available on 22nd September 2014.

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 of Sigur 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.

The Shouting Cave is released on 22nd September 2014.