Ah, how blissful is the feeling when you realize that after two minutes of playing a new record you know you’ve got pure gold in your hands: the discovery of a new place with magnificent roads to get lost in, only to examine every bystreet and alley of it and to keep the place close to your heart. Nothing less than a coup de foudre - this was exactly the case when I first listened to 20-year-old Brighde Chaimbeul’s The Reeling: a mystical record, filled with smallpipe drones, ancient Gaelic dances and subtle touches of concertina and canntaireachd singing, produced by Aidan O’Rourke. If you like dwelling around in the alley where Kali Malone and Laura Cannell reside, look no further. The Reeling might be one of your albums of the year. I called her to discuss the album’s origins, compositions and recording process.
On Brighde Chaimbeul’s overwhelming debut