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The Pearlfishers’ David Scott stumbled upon the songwriting secret known only to a few celebrated figures in the mid-1960s – Paul McCartney, Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson.” (The Sunday Times) 

“The Pearlfishers’ delicate songs recall the lush, literate creations of Prefab Sprout.”  (Q)

After a hiatus of five years, The Pearlfishers, Glasgow’s finest, return with their ninth album for Marina – most probably their best and most immediate one so far.

Driven by main man David Scott’s exceptional songwriting and sophisticated arrangements, Making Tapes For Girls is a goldmine of pop gems – full of witty & colourful lyrics about the affirmative & healing power of music and pop escapism. The title track evokes memories of those days of compiling a C-30/60/90 for your loved one or secretly adored one: “I didn’t know how to say the right thing / So I left it to Joni and Paul…”. Those mix tapes that came straight from your heart & soul – “the nub of it, the truth of it, the ‘you’ of it.” It is another Pearlfishers classic in the vein of My Dad The Weatherfan and Even On A Sunday Afternoon. All of these 12 new tracks could have made it easily onto such a tape.

Most of the album was recorded at La Chunky Studios in Glasgow where everything is vintage – from an old Ludwig kit, old Wurlitzer electric piano and Fender Rhodes keyboards to tons of vintage microphones and compressors. It made a big stamp on the overall sound to an album which is most probably the best one by The Pearlfishers yet.


Plus three exclusive postcards.

Available now at the Marina Store:


“If Tortoise or The Sea & Cake are post-rock, then Ashby is post-pop.” (All Music Guide) “Perfect – Saint Etienne meets ‘Moon Safari’-vintage Air!” (Pete Paphides, MOJO) For the first time on vinyl, remastered and beautifully packaged in a gatefold sleeve with new artwork and new liner notes: Ashby's critically acclaimed debut [...]

April 24, 2024|


The Young Picnickers · Across The Milky Way · Up With The Larks “The peak of songwriting!” (Shindig!) “David Scott stumbled upon the songwriting secret known only to Paul McCartney, Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson!” (The Sunday Times) “That’s how The Beatles would sound today!” (Audio) “Scotland’s Van Dyke Parks!” (Word) “Masterpieces of [...]

February 17, 2022|


“Marina’s quality control is impeccable.” - The Sunday Times Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this classic Marina compilation from 1996 makes its first and long-awaited appearance on vinyl. Packaged in a deluxe gatefold cover, In Bed With Marina features beautiful innersleeves with track-by-track notes, lots of photographs from the Marina archive, two vinyl-only bonus cuts and a [...]

March 25, 2021|


Lagoon Blues · Sunpowder · Kelvingrove Baby “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 [...]

October 22, 2020|


Jazz Interpretations of the Joni Mitchell Songbook “Fabulous! Great and warm re-interpretations!” - Eddie Piller, Acid Jazz “If Miles Davis was a Scotsman...” - DER SPIEGEL “Steele is in superb form - and there’s plenty of Miles-ish chilled melancholia.” - Jazzwise “This finds him again playing at the top of his game!” - Jazz Views “Colin Steele can [...]

August 24, 2020|

The Pale Fountains – Longshot For Your Love

New enhanced, remastered vinyl edition of the long-deleted, much sought-after Pale Fountains compilation Longshot For Your Love - originally released in 1998 - covering the band's early years from 1982 to 1984. Longshot For Your Love is a collection of rarities, radio sessions and previously unreleased tracks by Liverpool's second best band ever - fronted by Michael Head [...]

March 20, 2020|

GOOSEBUMPS – 25 Years of Marina Records

Marina’s quality control is impeccable.” - The Sunday Times Congratulations! Yippie-Aye-Yay-Yay! Bang! Marina Records celebrates its 25th anniversary with the release of Goosebumps, a deluxe compilation featuring 40 stunning tracks on two groovy compact discs. Goosebumps includes many unreleased cuts and exclusive contributions, as well as selected nuggets from the label catalogue. The splendid booklet features more than [...]

September 28, 2018|
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