Fraser MacIntyre is a Glasgow-based songwriter originally hailing from Dunfermline, Fife. The 28 year old’s candid and cathartic debut offering “Dance” was released on the 20th March 2020. Sophomore single “Village Idiot” was recorded by MacIntyre in his flat during the first month of the Covid-19 lockdown, before being sent across to Andy Monaghan (Frightened Rabbit) for mixing. Monaghan also helped to produce the track, which addresses the complexities of living with long-term physical and mental health conditions.
The protagonist of the song is at a crossroads in his or her life, attempting to re-integrate with society after a long period of time spent alone and unwell. Their obstacles are made disarmingly clear, and while no resolution is offered in MacIntyre’s lyrics, the emotive and defiantly uplifting instrumental offers hope for the future. MacIntyre’s desire to shine a light on questions and invisible burdens those around us are wrestling with arrives from his current struggle with a functional neurological disorder, the latest in a long history of health issues that began almost two decades ago.
Towards the end of 2018 MacIntyre penned lyrics for the first time, having pieced together countless instrumentals in his bedroom and in support of others in the past. Opting to use an electric rather than an acoustic live, MacIntyre alternates between delicate finger-picking and coaxing grandiose soundscapes with the aid of a small array of pedals. Quietly making himself known as a sharp, empathetic writer, MacIntyre’s songs are, despite frequent detours into the abyss, concerned above all else with moving forward in a positive way.
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