Born in Stromness, Erland Cooper is emerging as one of the most talented and boldly experimental musical artists of his generation.


Sule Skerry follows Solan Goose – his debut solo album – as the second in a musical triptych that reflects and celebrates the air, sea and land of Orkney. Here, Erland turns his attention to the North Sea, looking at our relationship with the outside world and the natural forces outwith our control, and exploring how we create safe ‘nests’ within that environment.


The spirit of Orkney reverberates through the whole album as Erland draws inspiration from local voices, local myths and the lives of the Norse seafarers who made Orkney their home. The second track, First of the Tide, features a Moog Polymoog synthesizer re-amped through a 5,000-year-old Neolithic Cairn in Orkney and recordings of the tide coming in, taken at dusk under a lifeboat pier (one of Erland’s ‘safe places’ in his boyhood). A video directed by Alex Kozobolis was filmed in and around Stromness, from dawn until dusk, and captures Orkney’s every-changing light, local characters and rich maritime colours.


Following sell-out shows at Hebden Bridge and London’s Barbican, Sule Skerry will launch at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on 24th May, in association with Edinburgh Music Lovers, and you can book your tickets here. We also have three pairs of tickets to give away, so check out our Facebook page for details on how to be in with a chance of winning them. The bar will be stocked with Highland Park 12 YEAR OLD VIKING HONOUR on the night and we look forward to seeing you there!


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The Orkney Single Malt
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