As most of you know, The Pictish Trail is the pseudonym of Johnny Lynch. As well as his work as the Pictish Trail, he co-runs Fence Records with King Creosote and is one half of Silver Columns with Adem Ilhan.
The excellently titled 'The Summer is Empty of Idiots' is a brief but fascinating effort, that bodes well for the forthcoming album later this year. Lead track 'Michael Rocket' is a swimmy, reverb-heavy piece of dream-pop, the video for which features a little cameo from Kenny Anderson himself.
The other tracks were recorded in a caravan on the island of Eigg, Pictish's current home. 'Not to Be' has a similar wooziness to the lead track, whilst 'What's the Big Idea' is more of an uptempo stomp. 'Imperfect Time' is a lovely closing track, just 30 seconds long, perhaps a sketch of a longer piece to come, just voice and electronics. For those who are keen to investigate further, here is the 'Michael Rocket' video.