" I think Edinburgh has always been in the shadow of Glasgow's music scene. I hope Edinburgh develops for artists in general. I would like it to become a city known for its artistic scene, like Berlin. It may be a big ask, but we have to have dreams ! "
- Richard, Abstract Greens
For years Edinburgh has been seen as Glasgow's little sister: more beautiful but not really good fun. It is difficult to deny. Though I love Edinburgh, Glasgow has more to offer to music lovers. It's a city defined by its music, bands and iconic venues. But that doesn't mean Edinburgh should give up. Third Outing meets with a man who isn't ready to surrender!
You may not be aware but over the last 25 years Richard Mulvey of the new solo project Abstract Greens has been developing and improving the Edinburgh indie music scene. The man behind Edinburgh based record label Lone Head Records, indie music specialists from the capital, have recently released two new compilation albums aimed at gathering together the quintessential records of the Scottish indie music scene, as well as the new Abstract Greens project 'Strange Daze Dreams'.
"I have released two indie compilation albums. First was 'Loanhead Gala Day' and the second 'Austerity Pleasures'. I think they contain what is truly great about indie music. Sure the recordings may be pretty lo-fi but the vibe and energy of the tracks make up for it".
But that’s not the only string to Richard's bow! His most recent solo project Abstract Greens 'Strange Daze Dreams' dares to take indie music to a new level. It is clear to hear the inspiration of many different genres and eras and not just indie itself. An obvious passion for Madchester, The Beatles and general psychedelia is clearly expressed in the record, but despite the influence of the 1960’s, it also shows that Richard is not afraid of experimenting with new sounds or merging indie with electronic vibes. The result; indie ingenuity which would inspire any new band to experiment, progress and most importantly have fun.
"I would encourage any bands to keep experimenting with their music. It is the only way to move forward and make progress. Also it is fun. That is important, you don’t want to get bored of your own music after all".
The more we talk about Edinburgh the clearer it becomes that Richard's hopes for the city are ambitious, idyllic perhaps. But then why not? This is the City which produced The Fire Engines, Idlewild, and dare I say it The Proclaimers! Richard is certainly playing a role in turning Edinburgh into a more artistic environment where bands can thrive and express themselves. It's true, Edinburgh may not be as cool as its edgier sister Glasgow, but as long as people continue to try and others join in, then in Richard’s own words: "that would be beautiful".
'Strange Daze Dreams' by Abstract Greens, 8/10.