Fraser Anderson

The Scotland-born singer-songwriter Fraser Anderson began his career amongst the Scottish folk scene, performing with Dougie MacLean as a vocalist, supporting Joan Armatrading at the Perth Festival of the Arts and The Low Anthem and Chuck Berry in concerts around Europe.
With the artist now based in England and signed to Membran Entertainment Group after having lived in France, where he recorded his last two albums, his following is quietly building from the foothills of the French Pyrenees where he settled, making ripples from London to New York. Recently, Fraser has played live sessions for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2, Radio Scotland, NPR and most recently in May 2011 on WFUV in New York. In January 2010, he recorded a live BBC set alongside Natalie Merchant and her band for Celtic Connections, broadcast out from the Pacific Quay in Glasgow.
Fraser’s previous albums include “and the girl with the strawberry…”, hailed by Scottish press as a “masterpiece”. His second album, “Coming up for air”, was described by Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 as “truly beautiful.
He has finished recording his third album, “Little Glass Box”, a retro folk-soul exploration recorded with world class musicians Danny Thompson on double bass (John Martyn, Nick Drake), Dick Pearce on trumpet (Ronnie Scott Quintet), Martin Ditcham on percussion (Sade) and Max Middleton on Rhodes piano (Jeff Beck, John Martyn). It has already been labelled “breathtaking” recently on WFUV in New York during a live session on John Platt’s ‘Sunday Breakfast Show’.

Albums

Under the Cover Of Lightness

Label: Membran Entertainment Group
Distribution in France: Sony Music
Release date: April 29, 2016

Recorded at the prestigious Real World Studios, UK, in November 2015, “Under the Cover Of Lightness” is a mature, sensitive yet audacious body of work that deserves an audience well beyond Fraser’s already existing fanbase. Moving confidently between musical styles and benefitting from gorgeous female harmonies, a subtle orchestration and inventive instrumentation, the album starts off with the easily accessible , jazz-pop leaning “Simple Guidance”, followed by “Beautiful Eyes”, the latter with a chorus that evokes the mid-90’s output of fellow Bristolians Portishead. Opening out from there, the strings assisted “Crying From My Heart”, the double bass driven groove of ‘Feel’ and the closing pairing of the plaintive ballad “Five Days” and the piano led “Rising Sons” are just a few of the highlights. Crafted with lyrical honesty, the last of these is a paean to his three children and, taken in tandem with the spoken word “With You All” and referenced throughout this collection, proof that this artist has emerged enriched by the experience of his life and his music.

Fraser Anderson - Under the Cover Of Lightness

Little Glass Box

Label: Membran Entertainment Group
Release date: February 10, 2015

“Little Glass Box” is a truly glorious retro folk-soul exploration. With world class musicians on board including double bassist Danny Thompson (John Martyn, Nick Drake), trumpeter Dick Pearce (Ronnie Scott Quintet), percussionist Martin Ditcham (Sade) and a tour de force Rhodes piano exhibition from Max Middleton (Jeff Beck, John Martyn), the result is a melodically sensitive and mature album crafted with a lyrical honesty. As a performer, Fraser throws himself into the spotlight in a way that is entirely his own, although his sensitive yet sensual voice and guitar playing style are sure to evoke comparisons with the likes of Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and John Martyn.

Fraser Anderson - Little Glass Box