Jim McCulloch

When I Mean What I Say


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JIM McCULLOCH IS A SINGER-SONGWRITER FROM GLASGOW IN SCOTLAND.

FROM HIS BEGINNINGS WITH BMX BANDITS TO INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS WITH THE SOUP DRAGONS, COLLABORATIONS WITH ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN TO HIS OWN VENTURES AS GREEN PEPPERS AND SNOWGOOSE.

Over three decades as the unassuming but pivotal figure behind some of Scotland’s most iconic pop, Jim McCulloch steps out of the shadows and onto centre stage with his debut solo album. The former Soup Dragon perfects his mastery of songcraft on When I Mean What I Say, released on Violette Records on 21 May 2021.

Lush and textured, delicate and intriguing, When I Mean What I Say is immersed in the melodic tapestries of Laurel Canyon but rooted in Jim’s life in his hometown of Glasgow. Written in Donegal’s wild Atlantic coast and recorded pre-Lockdown in Glasgow’s downtown Gorbals district, the warmth of the album’s classic pop and its lyrical openness transports the listener to an emotional and harmonic timelessness far from 2020’s claustrophobia.

Jim: “Violette Records are kindred spirits in the music world. Their ethos, aesthetic and generosity of spirit chime with me. Once I had finished the album, they were the only record company I sent it off to-the only record company I thought could do it justice.”

Tracklist

SIDE A
1. Blacksticks Boogie
2. Chorus of Lists
3. Augmented Yet Diminished
4. Downbeat
5. Shining Bright Diminished

SIDE B
1. Open & Shut
2. Come Little Waves Of Light
3. I Hope I Can Read The Forecast
4. When I Mean What I Say

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https://youtu.be/uVtVDlAQ20M