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Release Date: 01/09/2017
Release Type: Album



‘The Deluder’ is released on September 1st via A Modern Way/Empty World and will include a Limited Edition pink vinyl available exclusively through indie record stores.

After Idlewild’s 2015 album ‘Everything Ever Written’,   the band were set on writing and recording another album straight away, and they started that process off, however everyone’s life took over in one way or another and they decided to take a break from it for the time being.

Up in the Hebrides, with winter approaching Roddy decided to start with another sort of record, what would turn into his most personal, introspective album of songs. Working mainly with Andrew Mitchell (Guitar and Bass) Danny Grant (Drums, Programming) and Luciano Rossi (Piano, Keyboards, Bass) over the winter of 2016/17 in Edinburgh, London and the Isle of Mull he recorded and mixed the album ‘The Deluder’ . The record was produced and performed by the four of them, with contributions with other long standing collaborators Hannah Fisher (Violin & Vocals) and Sorren Maclean (Guitar).

Roddy doesn’t do themes, he collects songs together and records them over a period of time, and a loose narrative starts  to  develop  between  them.  It’s  a  mix  of  listening,  reading,  think  travelling  and writing that combines into something slightly new each time, on every record. That said, during the course of writing and recording ‘The Deluder’ Roddy turned 40 and the emphasis we place on age, particularly moving from one decade into another was not lost on him this time around, “The significance is either there or not, it depends on your circumstance and how much time, thought, and angst you care to put into it” said Roddy.

On turning 40 Roddy looked to two quotes, one from George Orwell - ‘At 40 a man has the face he deserves’, the other by Danish philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer - ‘The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary’. “That certainly got me thinking” said Roddy, “‘The Deluder’ might be some sort of reaction, maybe justification, in the context of my life, my relationships, my choices - in the face of those ideas.”