REVIEW album Louise Connell Squall Echo Rale

Stunning Return By One Of Scotland's Finest Lyricists

Squall Echo Rale

Louise Connell

Having made her name as Reverieme, Louise Connell returns without the pseudonym but with an equal amount of lyrical punch. While her earlier releases may have fused a pop sound with a folk country twist, her latest release - a collection of the EPs 'Squall Echo Rale', sees her morph into a powerful folk icon.

Although the poppier edge to her sound occasionally seeps into the mix, this is Connell at her most unflinchingly honest and stripped back to date. With songs that explore both the personal and political, 'Squall Echo Rale' is a memorable and moving collection.

With the stunningly poignant 'Shrapnel' easily a contendor for this year's finest song proving the album's highlight, it has to be noted that her least commercial release to date also provides her two strongest potential breakout hits - 'Where I'm From' and 'Rope'.

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