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Turning Plates

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF
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"13th in top 50 Scottish Albums of the Year"

This year also saw notable releases in EP form by Frightened Rabbit, King Creosote and Miniature Dinosaurs; this six-track, 27-minute release, however, has more epic beauty and textural richness than the vast majority of 2012's albums. - Sunday Herald


"It kind of makes me feel like I’m some kind of plain where there is absolutely nothing. That’s my way of saying that I really like it."

“At first, I was a lump in the ground”. Those are the first words in Tin Man, the single from Glasgow based band Turning Plates. They set the melancholic tone of the song, along with its distinctive wind and string arrangements throughout that help the simple melody sore. At points - particularly in the beautiful chorus chord progression - they remind me of Wilco circa Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Kashmir. It kind of makes me feel like I’m some kind of plain where there is absolutely nothing. That’s my way of saying that I really like it. - The Llama Farm


"Enigmatic and Unconventional"

See page 32 of the link. - Play music Pickup Magazine


"Enigmatic and Unconventional"

See page 32 of the link. - Play music Pickup Magazine


""Escapism" shows Turning Plates to be a band of some class and style"

It's all in the breeding or so they say and they are rarely wrong. Showing the benefits of breeding are Glasgow band Turning Plates with their album "Escapism" providing the evidence that your ears need. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is a studious and reflective album but don't let that put you off for although Turning Plates have the mark of the more studious Glasgow band stamped upon them, they draw more from Sigur Ros than they do Idlewild. Drama is on the menu.

Having had the chance the listen to this album several times now, the conclusion is obvious. Turning Plates have set their sail for the theatre here with the likes of "Painted" and "Inexplicable Trend" indicating that they would find a home in the real west end (that of the London stage, of course) doing the soundtrack to some historically themed play. Duncan Sutherland goes the distance with his level headed yet emotive vocals but the scale of these songs is notably increased by the effective keyboards of Jason Matthews. It might well be seen as something of an insult – which it isn't - but your granny would like these songs.

Rather incongruously, the big finale, as it were, "Wishing Well" points the band back at the path of mainstream of Scottish alt rock but, hey, everybody likes to wave their lighters in the air to something.

"Escapism" shows Turning Plates to be a band of some class and style even if their scope seems removed from the post industrial apocalypse that is the Scottish music scene.
- Bluesbunny


"I wasn’t sure what to make of this band when I first heard their music. I just knew I liked it."

“I wasn’t sure what to make of this band when I first heard their music. I just knew I liked it. Their music is graceful while feeling as though there was a constant fraught of worldly woes. However there is no lethargic element to this band. There is too much going on in their tracks to be considered gloomy.
There is an intriguing mystery to Turning Plates sound. It’s reminiscent of the artists Bon Iver, St Vincent, Turin Brakes and Radiohead. They encompass classic romantic crescendo with heavy bass and massive experimentation with the old reverb. This dynamic is beautifully chaotic at some parts and then soulfully delicate at others. A plethora of peaks and plateaux, this sound has a nourishing sentimentality which gives the listener more than what they bargained for.”
Emma Parks – Is This Music? - Is This Music


Discography

Escapism - EP
Painted - Single
The Tin Man - Single

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Turning Plates is a unique group of musicians based in Glasgow who came together with a determination to introduce fresh textures and create new soundscapes within contemporary music. Their distinct and individual sound is a culmination of each member's diverse musical background, ranging from classically trained orchestral professionals through to alternative rock and jazz players. These infl¬uences are felt throughout the music - instruments such as cello, clarinet and trombone fuse with guitar, drums and synthesizers to create songs that have been described as “Beautifully chaotic at some parts and then soulfully delicate at others” (isthismusic.com).
Since the formation of Turning Plates in 2011 their releases have garnered critical acclaim. Their first single 'The Tin Man' won Playmusic Magazine's Award for Best Production of 2011 and their EP 'Escapism' was listed as Number 13 in the The Herald's Top 50 Albums of 2012. With several prestigious shows under their belt, including tours throughout both the UK and the East Coast of America during 2012, the new year has seen Turning Plates begin work on their debut album which will be released later in 2013