Visit The Line Of Best Fit for an in-depth interview with James Yorkston and Nina Persson, who have made “a wonderfully loose and bighearted record” in The Great White Sea Eagle in collaboration with The Second Hand Orchestra. The article explains that “the idea to get Persson on board came from Karl Jonas ‘KJ’ Winqvist, ringleader of The Second Hand Orchestra and owner of Swedish indie label Sing-A-Song-Fighter.” Yorkston had spent time listening to Persson’s band The Cardigans, the “favourite band” of his Edinburgh housemates in the Nineties. “I had an actual connection with Nina,” he explains, “because I had known one of her records off by heart.” The result of the collaboration is, as Yorkston describes it, a “hugely relaxed and joyous thing. It was just a question of allowing everyone’s creativity to flow through the songs, and to give everyone the freedom to do whatever they wanted.”
Read more about the creation of the album, here, and get the album’s three advance singles spinning before its release this Friday, January 13.