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Fort William-based alt-pop songwriter Keir Gibson releases his third and most ambitious single this week.
The 19-year-old, who lives in the shadow of Ben Nevis, is back with new music after an impressive breakthrough in 2019.
Keir released his first single, Eyes Wide, in August last year, the day before performing at the Belladrum Festival, and followed it up with Hollow which was favoured by Radio One DJs Scott Mills and Molly King.
Earmarked by The Scottish Sun as ‘Scotland’s next big breakthrough talent’, Keir toured the UK before rounding off the year performing to 5,000 revellers at Edinburgh’s famous Hogmanay Street Party.
Circles is the third instalment in a series of emotion-laden, escapist pop songs all produced by London duo The Nocturns, mixed by Matty Green (Dua Lipa, Dermot Kennedy) and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Joe La Porta.
The track reinforces Keir’s signature sound, which combines alt-pop soundscapes comparable to producers and artists such as Jon Bellion, Lauv and Maggie Rogers, with vivid lyricism that could be mistaken for a script from the latest wistful teen drama on Netflix.
Capping it all off is Keir’s emotive voice – one which hints at a thoughtful character and old soul which makes it difficult to believe belongs to a 19-year-old Highlander who finished High School less than a year ago.
Circles provides Keir’s perspective on a relationship that’s past its best.
‘The song is about two people who are in a constant cycle of falling in and out with each other,’ he explained.
‘They both know it’s unhealthy but at the same time they’re too afraid to lose the other person by turning their backs on the relationship and admitting that it’s over.’
Summer 2020 was set to see Keir bring his full live band out to entertain audiences at the Kelvingrove Bandstand, Belladrum, Live at Leeds and to support arena-fillers The Stereophonics.
Like all musicians, his best laid plans have been interrupted by COVID-19 and instead he has been entertaining music fans virtually, including performing a set on the King Tut’s Facebook page as part of the recent Sofathon Singalong.
‘It’s gutting to have my early 2020 and summer shows postponed, but obviously everyone’s safety comes first,’ added Keir.
‘I’ve been working hard to reschedule gigs for later this year and hope to announce these very soon.
‘In the meantime, I’m continuing to work on new music and am keen to keep sharing it with everyone who has supported me over the last 12 months.
‘Circles is the first of a few new tracks I’m hoping to release this year. Hopefully it entertains people while they’re stuck inside!’
Circles will be available to download and stream from Wednesday, May 20.