stunning new album from CAPERCAILLIE
'Choice Language', the title of the new album from Celtic supergroup
Capercaillie conveys the band's long standing links with the Gaelic
But the title also reflects the modern interpretation of ancient songs and
tunes that has become Capercaillie's trademark.
This time the band moves its unique brand of fusion and crossover to another
level.... samples, loops and strong grooves are used extensively alongside
the familiar mix of instrumentation - fiddle, whistle, uilleann pipes...
and, of course, the mesmerising voice of Karen Matheson.
There is a maturity and confidence about 'Choice Language'... a new 'feel'
to the music, created around a stronger-than-ever rhythm section - drummer
Che Beresford, bassist Ewen Vernal and percussionist David 'Chimp'
The 'usual suspects' that form the backbone of the band are also in fine
form - the band's founder, accordion/ keyboard player Donald Shaw, fiddler
Charlie McKerron, bouzouki player Manus Lunny and the flute and pipe playing
of the ubiquitous Michael McGoldrick.
Recording of this album began in Summer 2002 when the band flew to a rented
villa at Porto Ullise, Sardinia to lay down some basic tracks. It continued
in Donegal, Aviemore and at Secret Music studios in Glasgow, where, over the
last six months they have fine-tuned their most ambitious album yet in their
20 year career.
And yet, for a band that has sold over a million albums, toured in over 30
countries, starred in a blockbuster movie and had a Gaelic language single in
the charts, this release is still as fresh and stimulating as ever.