Release Date: Jul 12, 2019
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
At the tail end of the previous decade, Glasgow, briefly, reclaimed its throne as a vital hub for music. The Twilight Sad's Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (2007) and Frightened Rabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight (2008) re-established Glasgow as a dominant force for indie-rock on a global stage after a quiet half-decade. The previous generation, comprising of Mogwai, Sons & Daughters, and Franz Ferdinand (to name a few) fully backed this new, young blood and the resulting renewed interest helped launch the careers of bands such as CHVRCHES and PAWS.
There's nowhere else for me to go except back to you, just one last time The tragedy of Scott Hutchison's suicide is one that still hasn't completely registered with me. At the time, the news almost didn't feel real. Maybe it was because he vanished in identical fashion to the lyrics from The Midnight Organ Fight's 'Floating in the Forth', or perhaps it was merely denial on my end.
This covers album, on which artists from Biffy Clyro to Chvrches reimagine songs from the late Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, is a truly special tribute to a wonderful songwriter In the wake of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison’s tragic passing early last year, one lyric stood out, and has formed the mantra he left behind. Taken from 'Head Rolls Off', a highlight from the band's breakout 2008 album 'The Midnight Organ Fight', the line goes: "While I'm alive, I'll make tiny changes to earth. " In the time leading up to his death, and with the band playing the album in full around the UK and US on a 10th anniversary tour, ideas came together for a covers album to celebrate the record.
Tiny Changes was not meant to be a posthumous tribute album. Completed before Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison took his own life in May 2018, the compilation was intended as a celebration of the band's 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight, not a eulogy for its primary songwriter. As a result, the compilation (which shares its name with a tribute concert and a mental health charity; a portion of proceeds will support the latter) feels oddly low-stakes.
Ten years since 'The Midnight Organ Fight'. For many of us, this record means more than most. This was the music we learned our lessons to - as we fell in and out of love, listening to some songs so much we didn't feel we could listen to them ever again. For me, it sounds like growing up. Learning ….
T here's a track on Frightened Rabbit's 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight that must surely qualify as one of the most uplifting songs ever written about death. Head Rolls Off is a darkly comic, determinedly sanguine and cheerfully godless meditation on the prospect of one's own demise. In it, the Scottish indie outfit's frontman Scott Hutchison makes a pledge.