Modern Studies

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... read moreUniting pastoral chamber pop and folk with a gently experimental approach, U.K. quartet Modern Studies formed in 2015 around the songwriting of Glaswegian musician Emily Scott. Scott had written a set of songs on an antique pedal harmonium that she was about to donate to her friend Pete Harvey's...

Key songs

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Supercool
3:18
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Get Back Down
4:21
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Mud And Flame
5:16
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Disco
4:39
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Let Idle Hands
3:12

Biography

Active: 2010s
Country Of origin: Scotland

Uniting pastoral chamber pop and folk with a gently experimental approach, U.K. quartet Modern Studies formed in 2015 around the songwriting of Glaswegian musician Emily Scott. Having then-recently written a set of songs on an antique pedal harmonium which she was about to donate to her friend Pete Harvey's studio, Scott's material soon became the center of a new collaboration with Harvey, Joe Smillie, and Rob St. John. The group of multi-instrumentalists assembled at Harvey's Pumpkinfield studio in rural Perthshire and adorned Scott's thoughtful tunes with cello, analog synths, double bass, drums, and a variety of other tones, emerging with their full-length debut, Swell to Great. Released by Scottish label Song, By Toad in September 2016, the album became a critical success, making MOJO Magazine's Top 20 year-end list. In addition to their LP, Modern Studies were also featured on a 2015 tribute compilation of songs by U.K. folk legend Shirley Collins called Shirley Inspired. In November 2016, Swell to Great was reissued worldwide by Fire Records. In 2017, the band began recording their sophomore record. They returned to Harvey's Pumpkinfield studios, and acquired a grant that allowed them to hire a chamber orchestra and a village hall to record in. Welcome Strangers was released in 2018, and was preceded by the lead single "Mud and Flame." ~ Timothy Monger~ Rovi

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