Scottish Artist Makeness Makes Music For The Middle Of Nowhere

“Rogue” sounds like if Jon Hopkins produced for an extra-depressed Bon Iver.

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.

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October 28, 2015
Scottish Artist Makeness Makes Music For The Middle Of Nowhere