“MILK” HIS SECOND FULL-LENGTH LP IN LESS THAN A YEAR STREAM IN FULL HERE
LISTEN TO SMOULDERING FOCUS TRACK: “HOW TO BUILD AN EMPIRE” STREAM HERE
+ EXTRA SCOTTISH DATES THIS WINTER
Today – EWAN MACFARLANE – releases his potent, poignant new album: ‘Milk’.
STREAM IN FULL HERE || LISTEN TO FOCUS TRACK “HOW TO BUILD AN EMPIRE” HERE
Released via the Royale Stag label today, it arrives as the prolific Glasgow songwriter’s second full-length recording in under a year.
As swaggering as it is sentimental, the album is dedicated to his soulmate and finds the former Apollo 440 and Grim Northern Social frontman reflecting on true love in all of its complexities. Speaking about the inspirations behind the record upon its release today, Ewan explains:
“‘Milk’ is a concept album all about the same woman, my wife Jo. I suppose a modern take on a love album, with twists and turns. It’s about all the highs and lows of love, lust and passion, whilst being in a long-term relationship and one that I believe many people will relate to. For me personally it’s the best piece of work I’ve done to date. Everything about this record just flowed from start to finish with regards to the process. I’m very proud of the product.”
Featuring the sublime and varied singles such as “Won’t Stop Burnin”, “Tangled”, “All Those Years”, and title-track “Milk”, the album also features the simmering country-tipped centrepiece “How To Build An Empire” – which you can tune into here. Speaking about the track, Ewan adds:
““How To Build An Empire” offers a universal message. So often these days we focus on money & capitalism to build a so-called empire. The world would be a very different place if it was built through love & good intention and not the manipulative power from governments and “big pharma”, praying on the less fortunate, poor, or vulnerable.”
Littered with references to Ewan’s musical passions, there are shout-outs for Ziggy Stardust (“Love & The Lonely”), The Snuts (“Won’t Stop Burnin’), and Al Green (“When Al Green Sings”), all across a record that reverberates with his wide-ranging influences from The Replacements to Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys to Rodriguez and beyond.
2022 has proved to be a benchmark year for MacFarlane as his solo career continues to bloom. Ewan’s latest works have received warm support across media including The List Magazine, Amazing Radio, Maverick, The Daily Record, BBC Radio Scotland, Americana UK, RTÉ Radio 1, Backseat Mafia, and many more, plus support from the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer too. Earning the respect of three generations of major Scottish bands in the process, The Snuts (who are name-dropped in his “Won’t Stop Burnin”) showed their support for his previous single, hard rock heroes GUN extended their invitation for him to join them on tour as their special guest, and now Ewan is also due to support Big Country this December. (details below).
Available for download/streaming formats, ‘Milk’ is also available on CD and limited edition red vinyl. The CD format also features two live bonus tracks. Order / stream ‘Milk’ now HERE.
With ‘Milk’ now out in the world, fans will be able to hear the songs live for the first time since its release as Ewan lines up a number of additional Winter live fixtures across Scotland. With his Coatbridge show selling out in <24hours, details for the remaining dates on sale are as follows:
EWAN MACFARLANE – LIVE DATES
24 – EDINBURGH, Bannermans (w/ Danny Vaughn)
25 – COATBRIDGE, The Georgian Hotel – SOLD OUT
21 – DUNFERMLINE, PJ Molloys (w/ Big Country)