Scottish folk rocker Brendan Campbell gained some mainstream press interest in June
with the release of his Twilight Bird EP, and he follows up that low-key charmer with
this digital-only single.
Campbell ups the tempo this time around, crafting a bouncy folk rock sing-along that
wouldn't sound out of place on a Waterboys album. The tightly knit blend of guitar, drums
and piano provides a solid base for this tale of lost youth and drug-induced escapism,
presumably based around Campbell's early years on the wrong side of Glasgow.
The repeated refrain of "wasting our lives" is punctuated by verses that paint a
graphic picture of urban ennui and squalor, before ending with a junkie's dream of
escaping the city by leading a pirate crew on the high seas.
Demonstrating he has more strings to his bow than the acoustic guitar/vocal blueprint
of his earlier releases, with Pirate Song Campbell has upped the ante for his soon to
follow album debut.