“A work of genius” – Melody Maker
“A run of outstanding albums. The mutant cousin of Tom Waits and The Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan” – The Herald
“Gorgeous… inhabiting the same honey-spun, abstract turf as Van Morrison and Tim Buckley.“ – Q
“Like Tom Waits singing along with Erik Satie” – NME
“A marvel!” – VOX
Marina proudly present: The long-awaited reissues of all three classic, long out-of-print Marina albums by The Bathers – “Lagoon Blues” (1993), “Sunpowder” (1995) and “Kelvingrove Baby” (1997). In new beautiful deluxe editions – all remastered plus enhanced artwork. And on vinyl for the first time ever!
The Bathers (aka Chris Thomson) from Glasgow are somewhat of a Scottish national treasure. Listen to these albums, and you’ll know why. Enter a musical universe of intricate arrangements, lush orchestrations, swoony vocals and songs of deep emotional beauty. With nods to Van Morrison, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Tim Hardin and Leonard Cohen. Moody wurlitzers and mesmerising pianos are joined by violins, accordians and acoustic guitars to create a hypnotic, totally unique sound. Chamber pop at its very best.
Liz Fraser of The Cocteau Twins contributes vocals on “Sunpowder”. A marriage made in heaven with the music of The Bathers. James Grant of Love & Money – Chris Thomson’s fellow musician in legendary 80s pop band Friends Again – supplies backing vocals and guitar on “Kelvingrove Baby”. Isobel Campbell from Belle & Sebastian plays cello on “Lagoon Blues” and “Kelvingrove Baby”.
Turn the lights down low – turn up the volume – and get on a trip with these very special, truly cinematic and, yes, quite spectacular albums.
The LP editions are limited to 690 copies each. The CDs are packaged in beautiful gatefold digisleeves + booklets incl. lyrics.
“The fragrance remains insane…”
Official release date: October 23, 2020.
Available now via the Marina store. Get them here: