Hector Shaw announces release of new single

Hector Shaw has grown up surrounded by the musical creativity of his parents.

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Recorded at An Tobar, Masochist is the latest single from emerging Scottish indie-roots artist Hector Shaw, set for release on Friday April 30.

His debut track Gravity earned the BBC Radio Scotland Afternoon Show’s coveted Single of the Week spot and support from Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly, Folk Radio UK and Scotland on Sunday, among others.

Masochist sees the 21-year-old artist channel his thoughtful storytelling and emotional energy into a breezy spring song.

Citing the likes of John Martyn and Laura Marling as sources of inspiration, Hector continues to build a distinctive and captivating sound with his newest single which will form part of an EP due for release in early summer.

Built around Hector’s warm vocals and intricate guitar, the track also features Sorren Maclean on guitar, Hannah Fisher on backing vocals, Andrew Samson aka DUNT on drums, Donald Shaw on piano, Fenwick Lawson on trombone and Gordon Dickson on saxophone.

The self-penned song was produced by Sorren Maclean and recorded and engineered by Gordon Maclean at An Tobar in Tobermory on Mull in September 2020.

Hector said: ‘Masochist is a song about seeking pleasure and validation from harmful people and ideas.

‘Despite the topic, musically it’s one of my happiest songs and probably my favourite to play live. It has a poppier feel to the other tracks on the EP and feels like it strikes a chord of optimism which hopefully resonates with people as we slowly leave the winter behind.

‘Recording the EP at An Tobar was a real joy. I wanted to capture the moment of this song honestly.

‘The brass was added latterly and completes the track. It’s been amazing to get such a warm reception to my material so far and I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve had already. I’m looking forward to hearing what people make of this latest track.’

Hector has grown up surrounded by the musical creativity of his parents: musician, composer and producer Donald Shaw, Celtic Connections/Capercaillie, and revered songstress Karen Matheson, Capercaillie. He first began writing and performing songs at high school in Glasgow.

He has performed with Scottish touring project Hit The Road, including a headline slot at Websters Theatre as part of the tour, and at a number of much-loved Glasgow venues as part of Celtic Connections, Stereo and Broadcast. He has also performed at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Masochist will be available to download and stream on Friday April 30.