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Steven Milne

From Aberdeen, Scotland

Labels Bedford Records
A lynchpin in Aberdeen’s music scene, Steven Milne wears many hats; musician, promoter, DJ, booker, you name it. Hardest working man in showbusiness. Previously best-known as lead singer in respected Scottish indie-pop band The Little Kicks, last year he branched out with some mind-blowingly good solo material.  Firstly on a very limited edition release with the "Best Of Times" EP that included a cover of the Orange Juice classic "Rip It Up" which even warranted praise from the great Edwyn Collins himself (describing it as "properly funky").  Steven and Iain then really made their mark with the follow up release of the full length album "Chasing Phantoms" in November 2010.  The 11 track album is a shimmering slice of pop/folk goodness full of the kind of gems which have made ears twitch in anticipation around Scotland and far, far beyond.  Having already played several shows in the UK, the release of the album led to the invitation to play in Berlin and perform at both folk and indie festivals over the summer.  The album was nominated for Best Alternative/ Indie Recording of the year at the Scottish New Music Awards and plans are afoot to record a follow up on Bedford Records in 2012.


"Without a doubt, the Best Of Times EP is further evidence Steven Milne is one of the most exciting songwriters in Scotland". 

"Chasing Phantoms is Aberdonian Steven Milne’s first solo outing; however it’s far from being the work of a novice, with the young songwriter having played a significant role in north east Scotland’s music scene for some years now, fronting The Little Kicks in addition to DJ and promotional duties in his home city. What it also represents is a stark contrast to the output of his band, with Chasing Phantoms predominantly playing out against a backdrop of wintry Scottish folk. 
Bookending the album are Scribble One and Scribble Two, which go down the road of Bon Iver’s For Emma Forever Ago; they don't quite summon its awe, though they sufficiently seduce by evoking Vernon’s hymnal vocals and intimate production. In between, Keeping Busy Letting Go and Born In a Different Time deliver further highlights; with sparse piano, intricate fretwork and the gentle trill of his own voice, Milne constructs a sincere and largely faultless debut." 

"...Steven is a naturally beautiful performer, with a talent and voice coming across so effortless and yet so graceful. Steven’s vocals carry themselves across the venue on a sparkling trail of mystical musicianship...tonight he puts himself in the spotlight and provides an excellent and charming performance."

"Steven Milne is the busiest man in Aberdeen; frontman of The Little Kicks, Barfly promoter, Adventures In Stereo DJ and founder of the weekly Dirty Hearts Club. Oh and he plays solo shows every other week it seems. Not that anyone is complaining as the audience packs down the front to hear what could be the cities best songwriter. Even stripped down to an acoustic guitar and Steven’s voice, songs sound powerful and like the hits they should be. The set comes to a close with a cover of New Order’s Temptation which works wonderfully acoustically."

"If you like the idea of an introspective and emotive singer/songwriter (think Neil Young/Bright Eyes/Richard Hawley) set to the melancholic atmospherics of Band of Horses or Fleet Foxes and laden with the choral harmonies of a Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys, you would do well to pick up a copy of ‘Chasing Phantoms’. The singing, musicianship and production (courtesy of Ian McPherson) on the album are consistently impressive. But more than the sum of their parts are the songs themselves. Bookended by a haunting instrumental (which recalls The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ theme) they are heartfelt, warm, sumptuous and little bit maudlin; perfect from those introspective autumnal moments. "

" Things being kicked off with Best of Times, the title track, it’s inevitable to get drawn into the mood and atmosphere built by the album - while being something that you could easily find played on the radio, it always bears a certain weight of light-hearted philisophy, subtle but heavy enough to be noted, ready to raise the bar high enough from mindless pop to clever easy-listening. The music is ever so gentle and classy, very simplistic in the first minute to then evolve into a modern ballad that serves as the perfect ice rink for the warm vocals to slide flawlessly. 

The one track that stole my attention and kept it all for itself, though, is Being Human. As the title might suggest, it’s a personal, emotional track on how some of us behave - a wonderfully executed track with nothing but an acoustic guitar, Milne’s voice and some slight background noise, it’s meant to be played on repeat, accompanied by the dark evening sky and memories, with the ever requested presence of alcohol. Being Human is simply achingly beautiful." 

"Ill stop short of suggesting that Steven Milne is a modern Scottish Nick Drake as that would be going too far- comparing anyone to Nick Drake is a foolish exercise-but now that the phrase is out there, fans of low-key folk could do worse than investigating Chasing Phantoms.  This is a very listenable debut album that shows a lot of potential.  I'll be keeping an eye on Steven Milne, I think we'll be hearing a bit more from him in the future." 

"Things begin and end with the slightly unorthodox musical bookends Scribble One and Scribble Two, a pair of uplifting tunes full of oohs, aahs and as the names suggest, even some background pencil scribbles.  In between, things are consistently, nothing-short-of-stunning from the standout, sublime ballad "Keeping Busy Letting Go" to "Falling", the sole moment of electrodisco on here, and the perfect contrast to the gentle beauty of the rest of the album.  If his previous EP was further evidence that Steven is one of the most exciting songwriters in Scotland, then Chasing Phantoms has set it firmly in stone.  This boy from The Granite City is a class act! "
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Album: Chasing Phantoms (Instrumentals)
Genre: Folk / Country, Rock / Acoustic
Mood: Energetic, Fun, Gentle, Gritty, Happy, Hopeful, Peaceful, Uplifting
Instrumental: Yes
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Album: Chasing Phantoms
Genre: Electronic, Rock / Indie Rock
Mood: Aggressive, Driving, Dynamic, Energetic, Gentle, Happy, Heavy, Hopeful, Hypnotic, Romantic, Serious
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Album: Chasing Phantoms (Instrumentals)
Genre: Rock / Indie Rock
Mood: Dreamy, Dynamic, Energetic, Gentle, Happy, Hopeful, Introspective, Peaceful, Romantic, Uplifting
Instrumental: Yes
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Album: Chasing Phantoms (Instrumentals)
Genre: Folk / Country, Rock / Acoustic
Mood: Dreamy, Energetic, Gentle, Hopeful, Introspective, Melancholy, Romantic, Uplifting
Instrumental: Yes

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