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Out Lines 'Conflats' out today

'Conflats' is out now - outlinesmusic.com

Out Lines is a new collaborative project between Kathryn Joseph, the singer-songwriter behind 2015 SAY Award-winning album bones you have thrown me and blood I've spilled; James Graham, frontman for Glaswegian indie treasures The Twilight Sad; and Marcus Mackay, critically-acclaimed producer, songwriter and percussionist, and founder of iconic recording studio The Diving Bell Lounge.

The trio are pleased to announce the release of their debut album as Out Lines, Conflats, which is out today on the renowned Rock Action. This exciting new body of work was inspired by conversations Kathryn and James had with people who use Platform: a groundbreaking multi-arts and community space in Easterhouse, an area in the east end of Glasgow. With James and Kathryn at the helm of translating the stories heard through their conversations with locals and Marcus steering the sound, an inspiring collection of songs were written for a one-off headline performance as part of Outskirts Festival at Platform in April 2016 - an opportunity offered to the trio by Alun Woodward, formerly of The Delgados, who now works at Platform.

Using Kathryn's signature ships piano, harmonium, a mix of Marcus' unique percussion style - live and programmed drums with bass synth - alongside James and Kathryn taking turns on lead vocals in combination with their alchemic harmonies, this collaboration is set to be an exciting recorded entity. Conflats was recorded at Marcus' own Diving Bell Lounge studio, mixed by Tony Doogan at Mogwai's Castle of Doom and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright. The artwork for Conflats is an original piece by Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit.

James recalls the process of turning these interviews with people they'd never met before into music as "pretty much one of the most stressful situations you could put yourself under whilst writing music.These people came and didn't hold back, they told us everything. It wasn't a case of you had to dig it out of them."

Kathryn echoes his sentiments, explaining how positivity and strength came out of the interviews:"Some parts of their stories were sad but they were all such strong beautiful humans and that made writing the songs so much easier than I thought it was going to be."