On this 4th Of July, in celebration of the spirit of independence and rebellion, I’m releasing my new mixtape/mini album The American.
This project features various songs I’ve written since moving to the USA from Scotland and hears me connecting with my American heritage while trying to find my voice and identity here.
As a Scot in in this country you can feel very disconnected, but actually Scots played a hugely significant part in the foundation of the USA with the Declaration of independence being based on the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath and a third of it’s signatories being of Scottish heritage. And with Scottish independence looking like an increasing possibility this year I felt it was apt to release this today. Also, a lot of the music I’ve used is from Scottish artists (like Edwyn Collins, APB, Hudson Mohawke and Simple Minds) who I relate to heavily as they’ve succeeded here with their own take on an American sound.
Also, in case you were wondering the colors of the flag on the cover are in homage to nature and in turn to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people. This confederacy of six Native American nations was a great influence on the founding fathers when drawing up the constitution and remains the oldest participatory democracy on Earth.
As ever thank you for all your support and hope you are enjoying your sovereignty and independence wherever you are!
New Reachout mixtape/album ‘The American’ will be released on July 4th….Ps this was the gorgeous post storm sky over NYC last night. I took as a good sign… #timetorise #reachout #theamerican #independence #july4th #independenceday #nofilter #skyporn #cloudporn
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