Sketch have put together something special here: good time music, no holds barred, in a firmly Highland style, yet totally contemporary. The core quintet comprises pipes and fiddle, guitar and percussion, with vocals from Maeve Mackinnon, augmented by several guests and various electronic weirdnesses. Names such as Alyth McCormack, Martyn Bennett, Paul Mounsey, Keltik Elektrik, and of course the Peatbog Faeries spring to mind.
Ten varied tracks take us from an almost documentary collage of ’50s radio and Galician piping, through thumping dance tunes in Chilli Pipers vein, to hauntingly beautiful vocals. It’s impossible to pick favourites: every piece has its own appeal, the adrenalin rush of Oidhche Boogie or the cool vibes of The Earthship, ceilidh capers on ShedmauS or bagpipe berserkers on Fire Them Up. Definitely one of the best Scottish albums of 2012 – check out www.totalsketch.com for a preview.