Willie Campbell and the Open Day Rotation – New Clouds in Motion

Album Review | Invisible King | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Based on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, this highly regarded singer songwriter and one time co-frontman of indie band Astrid, continues his run of critically acclaimed albums under the guise of Willie Campbell and the Open Day Rotation, with this outfit’s third album New Clouds in Motion, following on from the success of Down by the Head (2008) and the Tony Doogan produced Toxic Good Toxic Bad (2012).  Adopting a bright and breezy pop style, the songs tend to jump off the disc rather than sidle up slowly, with accessible melodies reminiscent of such bands as fellow Scots, the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.  Continuing to bridge mature rock sensibilities with guitar-driven pop, songs such as the opener “Mary Rest Your Head”, “Born to be Blind” and the Springsteen influenced “Going Through the Motions” suggest a vibrant live band at work, while mellow curios such as “I’ve Got a Kite” and “Winter Late in Spring”, keep things evenly balanced.