PRESS QUOTES

 “Andrew Howie belongs in that small band of clever singer-songwriters who write sharp, beautiful songs (Ed Harcourt, David Ford, Tom McRae to name a few)… ‘Retreat’ with Jo Mango show how good this young Scot is.”
Scottish Sunday Express

“Scars Are Like A Beacon has a lot of impact, and a good amount to say. Howie his repurposed his initial inspirations into tracks that beg a deep listen. No small sound is wasted, and the flow between passive and active pieces is perfectly managed. A solid release I’ll be coming back to often.”
Hypnagogue

“Dreamy… gently hooks you in…soaring… a real stand out.”
Sunday Mail

“… excellent songs…with rave reviews for his previous albums, this record should be no different as the quality which seems to have pleased the critics before is certainly present here.”
Maverick Magazine

“An album which is at once confusing and mysterious, but an intriguing and brilliantly realised effort.”
Is This Music?

“Comprising quiet bits, noisy bits, and a smattering of electronica, it’s a more ‘proper-song’ led affair than previous outings where his use of texture was given foreground. Any fans of American Music Club, Elliott Smith or Sparklehorse should find much to love in his heartworn tunes.”
Shout4Music

“Nothing short of amazing, brilliant and absorbing…”
New Reviews

“The world needs mavericks like Calamateur….this latest offering is typically brimming with invention and considerable skill…it’s utterly engaging and heartfelt…”
The List

“…nothing short of brilliantly absorbing…”
Is This Music?

“…stunning… a work of beauty…what took Snow Patrol’s 3 albums and 4 people to accomplish, Calamateur’s Andrew Howie manages straight off with songs of desolate beauty underpinned with a savage hope…”
John Earls, Planet Sound

“…the aim is true and the heart is strong in this beautiful little record. 4/5.”
The List

“…providing one of those moments where your head says nothing really out of the ordinary happening here but your heart suggests otherwise,trembling as if touched by something altogether magical….”
Losing Today

“…writes as though guided by voices, massaging his words through a voice as swoonsome and melancholic as the finest american roots singers…ideal for late night listening, even at lunchtime. 4/5.”
Logo Magazine

“…nothing short of brilliantly absorbing…the stark production only adds to an impressive set of eerie ‘folk’ tunes.” –
Is This Music?

“…bloody good…”
– The List

“…the songs…pack a real emotional resonance…high quality music…”
Diskant.net

“…full of uplifting beats, textured samples and heartbreaking simplicity…exudes confidence and quality in equal measure.”
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