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Heart-Shaped Scars

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Having taken time out to raise a family, Dot Allison returns with Heart-Shaped Scars, her most realised and illuminating album - and there have been several significant predecessors to compare it to. Allison will always be identified with the band that initially launched her, One Dove, whose Andy Weatherall-produced album Morning Dove White became a downbeat electronic landmark, but her own albums and collaborations amount to a much more significant body of work, with a commanding range across genres and narrative ambition. "The records that I have made were more like a window into my world," she says. None more so than Heart-Shaped Scars, which gathers many threads of Allison's broad interests - not just musical but literary, philosophical & her interest in science and nature. Framed by a backdrop of exquisitely sparse and intoxicating dream-folk and Allison's vocal at its most ethereal, the album is, "obtusely, a concept album," she reveals. "Love, loss and a universal longing for union that seems to go with the human condition." Tranquil in sound and passionate in spirit, Heart-Shaped Scars is also Allison's most personal record yet. Since her debut solo album Afterglow in 1999, Allison has strived to, "keep the listener on a journey - and myself too. I revolt against what I have done before, to evolve and not just occupy the same space." That journey has taken her from Afterglow's broad church (trip-hop, Tim Buckley-esque ballads, dance tracks, chilled psychedelia) to the sultry synth-pop of We Are Science (2002), the lush, baroque Exaltation Of Larks (2007) and the eclectic, rootsy drama of Room 7? (2009). The range of guest stars on Allison's records is equally broad: where else would you find a cast list that includes Kevin Shields, Hal David, Paul Weller, Pete Doherty and Darren Emerson? Likewise, Allison's own guest roles with the likes of Massive Attack, Scott Walker, Slam, Philip Shepard, The Babyshambles & Pete Doherty, underlining the huge respect her peers hold her in. Heart-Shaped Scars' collaborators come from a very different world. "I wanted it to be comforting like a familiar in-utero heartbeat, a pure kind of album that musically imbues a return to nature," she explains. Heart-Shaped Scars is produced by Dot alongside Fiona Cruickshank who rose up through the ranks at Air studios, becoming known through the grapevine for her stunning, rich and elegant mixes. The wonderful Hannah Peel adds her emotive, divine string arrangements to four songs, conducting a string quintet made up of Scottish folk musicians. The sessions took place in Castlesound Studios in Edinburgh. Dot met a previously unrecorded folk singer-songwriter, Amy Bowman, through a mutual friend up in the Hebrides, and asked Amy if she would like to write and record a duet with her. The result is 'The Haunted'. Through working with Amy, Dot met and wrote another duet with a unique and very talented singer-songwriter o


  1. Name
  2. Long Exposure
  3. The Haunted
  4. Constellations
  5. Can You Hear Nature Sing?
  6. Ghost Orchid
  7. Entanglement
  8. Forever's Not Much Time
  9. Cue The Tears
  10. One Love
  11. Love Died In Our Arms
  12. Goodbye

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