Scottish Fiction

Scottish Fiction are delighted to unleash Freakbeak, the brand new single from Glasgow trio Mitchell Museum.

Freakbeak is the first track to be taken from the experimental pop band's third album Skinny Tricks which is due for release on 15th May.

Three years since their last release, album Everett Trap, Mitchell Museum find themselves back with renewed purpose, a whole bag of new tracks, fun and innovative use of conversations with the bands family and friends weaved throughout. Speaking of the album's origins, frontman Cammy Macfarlane explains, "Skinny Tricks features my friends and family as cut up, reversed samples from loads of WhatsApp or Facebook videos and the like. I kind of warped a lot of spoken audio to turn everyone into a collective instrument; we've got nephews as synth chords, and mums as percussive loops all over the album. The original idea was to do with the fact that we are all constantly documenting our lives via social media apps and I wanted to somehow emulate that constant chatter throughout the album."

Freakbeak slaloms through its gloriously meticulous arrangement, fusing itself into an art-pop gem that at once bewilders and fascinates. A track teeming with creative vitality, lending itself to repititve listening; and succeeding in becoming instantly an earworm that amasses greater depth upon each individual encounter.

Backing up Freakbeak is b-side Workstation 12, a musique-concrete inspired piece that layers its many elements in a manner not dissimilar to experimental pop-pioneers The Flaming Lips. The track is an apt b-side to Freakbeak, providing the shade to its sister track's light - the gloom from which the listener escapes into experimental wonder.

Freakbeak will be released digitally on all platforms on 29th February 2020 and on 10" vinyl via Scottish Fiction. For the physical release the band were keen to marry the punk/DIY spirit with a green ethos, using old 10" vinyl sleeves and repurposing them with screen-printed Freakbeak artwork. Hiding in the vinyl is an extra surprise, including bonus download tracks, only available with the physical release.


Pre-save the single via Spotify here. Pre-orders of the 10" vinyl are available below with an immediate download of b-side Workstation 12.

February 16, 2020 12:55pm ET by Scottish Fiction  

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