One of Glasgow's more prolific artists, RM Hubbert has released music under a variety of guises since 1993. It was El Hombre Trajeado's triptych of albums released between 1995 and 2005 though, that really put Hubbert on the musical map, earning swathes of critical acclaim, three Peel Sessions and support slots with the likes of Sebadoh, Tortoise, Nick Cave, Deerhoof, Mùm and Mike Watt. Following El Hombre Trajeado's demise, guitarist Hubbert took a break from playing live and began studying a host of different musical forms before returning to the scene in 2008 and self releasing his debut solo album ‘First & Last', in March 2010. This album was later re-released on Scotland's legendary Chemikal Underground Records in February 2011. The album's nine instrumentals skilfully blended elements of flamenco and samba with contemporary melodies to create a truly unique, understated record. The second album, ‘Thirteen Lost & Found' is released through Chemikal Underground Records on January 30th 2012. Produced by long-time friend Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) the album features collaborations with some very special artists including Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), Luke Sutherland (Long Fin Killie, Mogwai), Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), Alex Kapranos and Alasdair Roberts amongst others. Having found that it was easier to connect with people through music, ‘Thirteen Lost & Found' was conceived by Hubbert as a way of reacquainting himself with old friends while making some new ones. Each piece was written collaboratively with the respective artists; with the emphasis placed on spontaneity and experimentation. The resulting collection is eclectic and beautiful: voice, percussion, violin, piano, banjo, accordion, vibraphone and gu zheng all joining Hubbert's idiosyncratic guitar over the eleven songs.
'Technically dazzling and deeply moving, First & Last is a work of depth, skill and real beauty.' Uncut
'A set of mesmerising acoustic instrumentals utilizing a number of percussive guitar techniques to thrilling effect.' The List
'Technically Hubbert is an incredibly good guitarist, but there's
nothing showy or self indulgent about the music on the album. Instead
the emotion of the songs shines through, whether it is happy or sad.
It's wonderfully executed, brilliantly crafted and packed with soul and
'First & Last is a triumph of melodic nous and raw,
sedated talent. Each of the songs on the album are object lessons in how
to compose something beautiful without allowing your ability to stomp
all over the finished product. RM Hubbert has produced something truly
beautiful and incredibly rare.' Glasgow Podcart
'The depth and range of emotion involved can be quite raw and cutting.
I'm still finding it hard to listen to "Jumphang" all the way through,
as I find it just too harrowing. Fortunately, it's not all doom and
gloom, as the musical love letters to his wife attest. With more joy to
be found in the likes of "Hey There Mr. Bone" and "Temple Circa 89",
it's a remarkable achievement and something more people should strive
for in an increasingly banal musical world.' Blogcritics
‘First & Last is capable of enveloping you in some sort of lovely
escape. Imagine Kaki King falling in love, then getting drunk. Does
that work? All in all it's a very tasteful, pure, and one-of-a-kind
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