Critical Acclaim for Torus:
"It’s music that is never content to stay in the background, demanding your attention as it steadily coaxes you deeper into its playful sonic games, ultimately repaying your rapt attention."
“Blending contemporary jazz and folk into a beguiling sound, Torus takes a veritable whose who of contemporary Scottish folk musicians and effortlessly blends soundscapes, genres and musical dexterity to create an album that is as evocative as it is beautiful.”
“There are enough Scottish elements to keep the tradition in mind, but Lindsay goes far beyond even the most adventurous folk bands. The exuberant sax solos on Lateral Roots, the cool West African jazz sounds of Cycles, even the twisting guitar riffs of The Smiddy are pushing the boundaries of what we think of as folk.”
"this is as unique an album I’ve heard in the genre...a breathtaking record"
Music You Need to Hear
'Adventurous and explorative are the two adjectives that come to mind to describe James' work. If those words describe you too then you will really enjoy this, wherever your musical interest lies.'
"Listening to this record while staring out the window watching day turn to night, as clouds roll gently by is a strangely satisfying and wildly calming experience. You should try it."
"The music on this album feels more experimental and progressive than the output of many self-proclaimed progressive bands"
The Prog Space
"The music is adventurous, wonderfully played, well produced and is, above all else, highly enjoyable and entertaining. Torus is an excellent album"
At The Barrier
"a vibrant blend of folk-rock that radiates positivity, freedom and adventure"
"a free-flowing intelligent and unquestionably joyful album."
"Torus is an experimental masterpiece offering traditional folk blended with jazz and progressive rock."
Cluck Old Hen
"I fell in love with the serenity and the peace of mind this music delivered as a wee bonus. Also the infectiousness of the tunes, which get into your head and you’ll be humming them days later! It never dips in energy or quality."
Music Republic Magazine
Critical Acclaim for Strand:
“an inviting, contrasting weave of warm, incisive melody and textural detail” Adrian Pallant (London Jazz News)
“Mood, tone and tempo shift as constantly as the tide.” ★★★★ Jim Gilchrist (The Scotsman)
“Very ethereal, very chilled, very cinematic. The mix of folk and jazz has been done seamlessly and very, very well.” ★★★★★ Simon Redley (Music Republic Magazine)
“That's one commonality across this record – everything sounds beautiful” ★★★★ Harry Harris (The Skinny)