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Ghosts We Must Carry Press


Delicate second dish from ace Glasgow septet State Broadcasters’ 2009 debut ‘The Ship and the Iceberg’ offered up a beguiling vision of Americana as viewed through the rain-splattered lens of Glasgow bedsit land, brimming with sad humour, sly insight and lovelorn blokes hopelessly pining for women they can never have, This follow-up is slightly more downbeat, though no worse for it. There’s a warmth to even the most melancholic of tunes, be it the Mark Linkous/Vic Chesnutt tribute “The Only Way Home”, the very lovely “Kittiwake” or the crestfallen “New Year’s Day”, the songs borne aloft on cushiony strings, brittle acoustic guitars and gentle boy-girl harmonies. (7 out of 10)

Uncut – November issue 2012

The Scottish six-piece present a dazzling album that tugs at the heart strings, aches with longing and is haunted with what could have been. It is one of the best Scots albums so far this year, mixing the folk of Bon Iver with the knowing of Belle and Sebastian. Buy this for a new soundtrack to your life. (4 stars)

Sunday Mail – Sep 2012

“A really, really fine record indeed… It really is just a nice, beautiful piece of art. It’s one of these records you should sit down and play all the way through. I recommend it very, very highly to you.”

Ricky Ross – Radio Scotland

“Glaswegians second LP of flowery instrumentation and sombre, folkish undertones….flashes of agreeable indie pop too.”

Mojo – October issue 2012

It can’t be easy for folk orientated Scottish bands to be so frequently compared to Belle and Sebastian et el while holding their own, but with Ghosts We Must Carry State Broadcasters accomplish just that. In a city of which its musical heritage is continually referred to for its distinctive repertoire of folk, twee and indie bands, State Broadcasters have the potential to establish a place amongst the Glaswegian greats.

Musos Guide – Sept 2012

here’s an earthy familiarity that prevails from the outset of Ghosts We Must Carry, the new, and second, album from Glasgow folk outift The State Broadcasters. Subtle and delicate tales of love old, new, lost and found provide the records backbone, around which soft but warm instrumentation coils and wraps itself, creating a sparse but thoroughly eneveloping landscape. As the band themselves sing on album centre-piece ‘Where I Belong‘; “These old songs, they do no wrong.“ Amen to that.

Gold Flake Paint – Sep 2012

“There’s something instantly familiar and comforting about the second album by the State Broadcasters. Much of their merch states that they’ve been ‘singing sad songs since 2004? and to hear mournful opener The Only Way Home, you could quite believe it.
Straight from the off it will have you reaching for the whisky and the tissues. It’s time to sit down and have a good sniffle, even if you’re life has been full of joy of late, This is a heartbreaking record”

Tidal Wave of Indifference – Sep 2012

“I appear to have spent much of the last month in something of a travel-induced bubble, insulated from much that’s going on – even in terms of blogs and sites I’d normally read. Throughout this time, a constant companion on my travels has been this record. quite apart from the fact that it’s a beautiful soundtrack to the view from a train window or the bustle of a rush-hour station buffet, this collection of songs managed to become something of an old friend over the course of this time. So much so in fact that I find it hard to imagine a time when this wasn’t part of personal soundtrack.

Throughout “Ghosts We Must Carry”, State Broadcasters are carrying these ghosts with us – and turning the hopes and fears we never dare speak of openly into wistful, sometimes dark songs which have the power to make us feel like we’re not travelling entirely alone.

This is a varied, nuanced record which spans huge musical territory in the same way that it spans a vast lyrical and emotional sweep. It’s a much bigger, much more assured and direct collection of songs than I dared expect – full of surprises, twists and devastatingly acute observations. And it sounds incredible too…”

Peenko – Sep 2012

With a sound akin to finding oneself in an open-fire-lit bothy sipping a peaty malt whisky, Glasgow’s State Broadcasters quietly unleash their second album.
Ghosts We Must Carry has an archaic, satin-esque quality to its sepia-coloured tones. The State Broadcasters sound as if they’d be more at home in a slower, simpler world than the 21st Century, a world where the pace is slower and one is given time to reflect. If you’re a fan of King Creosote, Bon Iver and the slightly off kilter, try these for size.

Louder Than War – Sep 2012

Out of left-field for me and resonating personally comes the wonderful new album from State Broadcasters, Ghosts We Must Carry is the follow-up to their 2009 debut The Ship and the Iceberg which I intend to familiarize myself with ASAP, layered melancholic folk-pop of the highest order This is a great album – one to kick back to and wallow in it’s beautiful wistfulness.

Beat Surrender – Sep 2012

“This is a lovely wee track full of wistful little intersections of strings, handclaps and harmonised vocals – all quite perfect for the onset of Autumn.”

Sonic Reverie – August 2012

“You’ll find songs sweeping between jangly pop and whimsical folk; it’s lovelorn and gentle. While this is essentially a quality album, it is unbelievably depressing. Every song is sung like their hearts have just been ripped out and they are in a pit of despair. If you’re a fan of Bon Iver and Scottish folk music in general, you’ll love this album. It has all the hallmarks of a beautifully executed album. Stick it on when you’re sitting around the fire on a Sunday evening and it will be perfect. ”

Gigape – August 2012

“Ghosts We Must Carry offers up a delicate heartfelt collection of perfectly pitched tracks…..if you haven’t heard the State Broadcasters yet, then you need to very soon”

Stornoway Gazette – August 2012

“Ghosts We Must Carry has a deep-rooted resonance that pays tribute to many of the fallen heroes that inspired its inception…..Buried beneath melancholic string arrangements and melodic twists, the band’s latest offering is reminiscent of The Delgados at their most mournful and reflective moments. Plaintive horn sections drift in and out, a touch which provides reassuring warmth to a record that carefully wraps itself around the listener, with each track progressively musing deeper into the introspective themes that dominate its lush soundscapes.”

The List – August 2012


“Behold, that rarest of pop animals: The five-minute song that actually feels too short. I’m not kidding — I was actually sort of pissed when State Broadcasters’ “Trespassers” ended, because the song is just so goddamn lovely, I wanted it to go on all afternoon.”

Popdose – August 2012

“this is unashamedly heart-on-sleeve pop music which misappropriates all the wistful, dark honesty from that contested – and somewhat devalued – genre. Make no mistake, The State Broadcasters are coming after your heartstrings with this stuff – and they won’t rest until they’ve seen grown men cry.” –

Songs Heard on Fast Trains – May 2012

“I don’t think there’s any depth of bad-mood that this track couldn’t pull you out of.
So, next time you’re feeling blue, give this a listen and my bet is that everything will seem substantially peachier!”

Sound of Scotland – June 2012

“a very relatable track, yet has a very personal feel to it at the same time. The vocals are flawless, with the music blending perfectly together, creating a great sound throughout” (4 out of 5)

Is This Music – July 2012