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The Old Fox of '45

by Calamateur

Calamateur's debut album is an eclectic and effective mix of pop sensibility, avant gardism, noise, prettiness, acoustic fragility, electric muscle, harmonies and crackly samples.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Half Truth
4:03 album only
2. Automobile Noise
4:58 album only
3. Hold Your Stare
3:45 album only
4. Won't Last Forever
5:05 album only
5. Son of Everyone
3:46 album only
6. Here Beside
4:25 album only
7. Your Rescue
6:39 album only
8. Universal Rehearsal
5:21 album only
9. Desperate Days
5:11 album only
10. Your Only Friend
6:49 album only


Album Notes
Autoclave Records (Brooklyn and Beauly) is proud to announce the imminent release of the debut album from Calamateur, 'The Old Fox of 45'. It's the 5th and most recent collection of songs from Calamateur, the band's 3rd release for Autoclave Records, and it's debut full length album. Released under his Calamateur moniker, the old fox of '45 is publicity shy Andrew Howie's most assured and accomplished offering to date. This time he's even allowed us to see his name on the credits and a relatively distinct photograph of what (we can only assume) is the man himself looking at a CD booklet. The stylistic range is just as eclectic as ever, taking in underground rock, experimental electronica, post-folk and distressed pastoralism; but there's no hiding behind effects, no posturing. This is the sound of a man coming out of seclusion.

'The Old fox of 45' follows the release last year of the double length EP 'Son of Everyone' and marks a departure from its predecessor's delicate acoustic stylings. The music sweeps assuredly from all out rock ('Half Truth') to acoustic guitar strummery ('Desperate Days') to far gone and out electronic experiments (a cover of the Blue Nile's 'Automobile Noise').



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Doug Johnstone, The List

The aim is true and the heart is strong in this beautiful little record.
Eclectic and more than occasionally brilliant, Calamateur is the work of one Andrew Howie, a lo-fi Scottish songwriter of no little talent. This is his first full-length release and it is peppered with great moments, from the Mogwai-meets-New Order of opener 'Half Truth' to the achingly fragile Sparklehorse crackle of 'Won't Last Forever'. Throughout 'The Old Fox of 45', Howie blends inventive instrumentation with simple melodies and a dreamy vocal to create a record which is both atmospheric and intimate. The pace is lethargic, but the aim is true and the heart is strong in this beautiful little record. 4/5.

Planet Sound, Channel 4 Teletext

Calamateur's stunning album is a work of beauty
Based in the Scottish countryside, released on the miniscule Autoclave label, Calamateur's stunning album is a work of beauty that deserves to make Autoclave very rich people indeed. What took Snow Patrol's 3 albums and 4 people to accomplish, Calamateur's Andrew Howie manages straight off with songs of desolate beauty underpinned with a savage hope. Shivering, yearning epics, as sublime as his Blue Nile cover is it's not the best song here by any stretch. Buy it. 8/10.

Is This Music?

...simply another triumph...'Super smashing great'
It's hard to find superlatives to describe the music of Calamateur. Not because they're hard to come by, they've simply been used up in previous reviews! This, the first full-length album from Andrew Howie, is simply another triumph. With Calamateur less of an Oldsolar side project now, the stripped-down sounds are still as thrilling as ever. The album actually starts with a full band - 'Half Truth' creates a massive sound driven by pulsating New Order-style bass and an almost singalong chorus. There's a cover of the Blue Nile's 'Automobile Noise' here too, with an overloaded beatbox driving what's almost a one-man dance remix. The Blue Nile comparison was one I'd never made before but whether it's the voice, or the at times sparse production I can't be sure, but at times The Old Fox seems like it might contain some long forgotten/destroyed demos from the legendary Glasgow trio. There's a couple of songs from their previous album - the title track from 'Son of Everyone' is given more bells and whistles in the new production but 'Here Beside' retains the starkness of the original. The jarring percussion on 'Your Only Friend' slowly drags an enthralling listen to a close. I can only echo the words of Jim Bowen : 'Super smashing great'.

incredible diversity of styles...assured and polished
Calamateur's CD album, The Old Fox of '45, is a lot less strange than Tiny Pushes Vol. 1, the only other work I've heard from them. Having said that, it's still pretty strange, if for no other reason than the incredible diversity of styles it encompasses. The first three tracks take in assured and polished REM-style melodic rock, noisy and glitchy vocal electronica and effortlessly swooning acoustic sadness. So it goes on, swinging from style to style, but never losing the core qualities of a confident voice, tuneful compositions and sharp, clean production. At times that clean production threatens to sap the soul from the music at times, but that's just the view of somebody with a slightly twisted and illogical view of independent music.