Scottish Band on Shimmy Disc is Set to Drop Stunning Debut. - Constant Follower: The Merry Dancers On TV
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posted 07 Sep 2021 by Krister Axel
Like a heartbroken cry echoing through an empty cathedral, we are engulfed in equal parts sadness, wonder, and unspeakable beauty.

Stephen McAll and his band Constant Follower are back with another poignant triumph of resonant chamber pop. "The Merry Dancers On TV" — from their debut album "Neither Is, Nor Ever Was" — combines McAll’s signature husky whisper with acoustic guitar and the sparse contributions of an experimental folk accompaniment. As atmospheric guitar swells and gorgeous backing vocals from Kessi fill out the mix, we are gently submerged in the swirling pathos of McAll's inner mind. Both intimate and quietly aggressive, "The Merry Dancers On TV" challenges us all to question the narratives we take for granted.

As McAll and band deliver a full collection of songs that is "borne out of a respect for change, and the inevitable passing of time that frightens, comforts and humbles every one of us," we bear witness collectively to a world in constant flux. McAll leaves us with a sense of hope as we realize that emotional honesty is a precursor to living our best life. You can count on Constant Follower to introduce us to the difficult truths that so many of us choose not to see.

Thriving at the intersection of chamber pop and soaring, ambient experimental folk, the music of Constant Follower continues to evolve into a unique and emotional amalgam of melodic tenderness touched with a hint of pure anguish. Like a heartbroken cry echoing through an empty cathedral, we are engulfed in equal parts sadness, wonder, and unspeakable beauty.

This thing is real
It's black and broke and dying
"All will be well"
Don't listen they are lying

Photo courtesy of Jannica Honey.

Film by Fiona Burton
Music by Constant Follower
Recorded by Stephen McAll at CFFC
Mixed by Kramer at Noise Miami
Produced by Kramer and Stephen McAll

Visit Constant Follower on Instagram.

Shimmy Disc / Joyful Noise Recordings is the label behind countless seminal records from the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Deerhoof, Dinosaur Jr, Kishi Bashi, and Yo La Tengo.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist