Imaginary Creatures – The Blood Of Angels
The Blood of Angels is the third album from virtual band Imaginary Creatures. The group is a studio project formed by the collaboration of lyricist and songwriter David Scott along with producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna. On the previous two albums, Iain handled all the lead vocals, but this time vocal duties are split between Iain and singer and songwriter Brian Rice. For the first time we also feature a female lead vocalist, as Pip Burnett sings the haunting jazz ballad ‘A Fateful Night in a Film Noir World’.
Several of the tracks on the album feature jazz leanings, and two songs have full brass section arrangements. Some great jazz musicians have contributed to the album, notably saxophonist John Burgess, Cameron Jay on trumpet, and leading jazz pianist Brian Kellock.
Other songs are more firmly in the rock/pop mould, with guitar maestro Keith More once again adding his stunning lead work to several tracks. The lyrics weave stories that explore the dark underside of the human mind and heart.
Catalogue No. IMAGC003CD from Birnam CD. Also available on Spotify & Itunes
Lyricist and songwriter David Scott was initially in the Offbeat studio for over a year working on a debut album of songs which he has penned over the years under the project name Imaginary Creatures , the album was entitled The Butterfly’s Dream.
Following the release of the album David & Iain were back in the studio working on a follow up album entitled The Dance Macabre.
David’s influences are mainly 70’s rock based and include:
Blue Oyster Cult – Brain Surgeons – Led Zep: IV, Houses of the Holy – In Through the Out Doo – Roy Harper – John Martyn – Tom Waits – Procol Harum – Bebop Deluxe & Bruce Springsteen.
One of the tracks we recorded on Butterfly’s Dream – Everybody Goes Insane – has also been used as the basis of a song by ex Blue Oyster Cult members Blue Coupe on their acclaimed album Million Miles More.
I provided the main backing for the album with the help of session musicians Keith More on Electric Guitar (credits include – Joe Satriani, Michael Schenker Band, Paul McCartney & Fish) Rod Clements (Lindisfarne) on Slide and Acoustic Guitars. Annie McCaig (Tears For Fears, Level 42 and Simple Minds) on Backing vocals. And Fraser Speirs ( Carol Kidd, Tam White & Paulo Nutini) on Harmonica. Alexis Anderson also guests on a track on the album and Kirsty Anderson provide additional backing vocals on some tracks.
Some of the tracks on the album are hard rock and some are acoustic based ballads. The mix of material makes for a great listening experience. David comes to the studio with melodies and strong ideas of how each track should be put together. From this point of view this is definitely a co-production project.