• Sonny Neil

Constant Follower releases debut LP 'Neither is, nor ever was’

The debut LP highlights the inevitable passing of time and the short, yet beautiful, human experience

Constant Follower's debut LP ‘Neither is, nor ever was’ is now available today.

Growing up in a violent area of Scotland where frontman McAll was witness to a murder, the songs origins can be traced back to McAll's long road to recovery, overcoming life-changing injuries while battling PTSD following a brutal attack.

The new single ‘What’s Left To Say’ also dropped today, with an accompanying music video by filmmaker George Farrow-Hawkins which you can watch below.

The band’s debut album 'Neither is, nor ever was' began out of a respect for change, and the inevitable passing of time that ultimately affects us all and the resulting emotions it creates. It is a tribute to the limited, yet beautiful, human experience. Co-produced by Scottish singer-songwriter Stephen McAll and renowned producer and Shimmy- Disc founder Kramer, the recording for Neither Is, Nor Ever Was began in early 2020 at La Chunky studios in Glasgow with engineer Johnny Smillie. This was interrupted both by the birth of McAll’s daughter, and the eventual Covid 19 restrictions. McAll began recording the rest at his own CFFC studio in Stirling. The resulting recordings were then mixed and mastered by Kramer at his Noise Miami Studio. Each album track is accompanied by its own short film. McAll sought out an array of new talent in Scottish film and animation and invited them to be part of the project. Each video features the artist’s personal response to the song with no direction from the band, resulting in a series of incredibly moving and enchanting short films ( which has resulted in multiple film festival considerations including the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Manchester Film Festival).

Ever since the Scottish “soaring-ambient-dreampop-experimental-folk” band began releasing music more than three years ago, Constant Follower’s emotional lyrics have become one of the project’s most endearing and beloved qualities. The name of the outfit itself is a reflection of those things that we carry through life, for better or worse, that ultimately define who we are. Described by Folk Radio as “instantly compelling, memorable and moving,” Constant Follower has been championed by the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe and BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway.

As a teenager, McAll woke in hospital to find he had survived an attack by a gang that left him with a catastrophic head injury and every memory of his childhood gone. The next decade was spent reflecting and recovering in a cabin on the West Coast, which eventually allowed him to begin songwriting again.

The songs for the LP were originally recorded as raw ideas recorded onto old cassettes. The result is a childhood imagined against a backdrop that, like the sea, is as serene as it is wild; ever-changing, yet resolute.