Having grown up in Scotland's Outer Hebrides—a chain of small islands right up in the highlands—Makeness knows all about space. Hence, the wide open feel of his brain-tickling debut single "Rogue," with its layered vocals and percussive twitches that gently unfurl like a slightly more minimal Jon Hopkins or a distorted Bon Iver. And speaking of the latter, Makeness also likes making music alone in cabins: "I made this track in winter in a stone barn in Scotland in the middle of nowhere," he told The FADER over email. "I was in between places at the time, which I think comes across in the music; the idea of having two realities clashing and not being able to work out which one is real. The track feels like a physical journey to me, and I wanted to reflect this movement in the video." Watch Makeness skate through the sprawling landscape in his debut video above; Handsome Dad Records will release his first EP on November 6th.
October 28, 2015