Salt House’s new album Huam is set for release on Fri 20 March. The Scottish Folk trio, comprising of Ewan MacPherson, Jenny Sturgeon and Lauren MacColl, come together to deliver an album of rare beauty and accomplished subtlety.
‘Huam’, the Scottish word for the hooting of an owl, demonstrates this album’s inspiration: the natural world. Largely recorded ‘on location’, the trio took themselves to rural Argyllshire to finish writing and recording the songs which were crafted between their homes in Inverness-shire and Shetland.
This album delivers ten stripped back arrangements, perfect for a relaxing period of mindfulness. The soft, flowing vocals create a sense of calm and warmth, as you’re taken away to the Scottish countryside.
All Shall be Still is an uplifting and rhythmic track, with interesting lyrics about life and politics, making you sit back and think. By contrast, Mountain of Gold has a choral, hymn-like quality, with lyrics about the beauty of nature and the warmth of a fire. When the world is all getting a bit much, this track will evaporate your stress and bring you back to earth.
The album finishes with Union of Crows, a soothing piece of instrumentation and vocals, with beautiful segments of violin and piano running through the melody. The stripped back nature of this whole album is a refreshing change, in an era of highly produced and synthesized music. It reflects the simplicity of nature and helps you to focus on the moment you’re in.
Salt House have teamed up with the charity Trees For Life, so purchases of the album will be commemorated with the planting of a new tree. They hope to build this up, in an attempt to offset some of their touring carbon footprint over the coming year. This band clearly care about the precious world we live in, and it’s great to see this reflected in their music and their actions.
Salt House’s Huam is released on Fri 20 March 2020, via Hudson Records.