Russell Stewart, Glasgow’s own purveyor of shimmering alt-soul sounds, has shared his new single, Align. A glitchy, glimmering track and the first in a run of new releases planned for this year, the release is accompanied by a gorgeous video by Oddness.Studio filmed at The Pipe Factory.
Intimate piano and vocals stoke the embers of a track that slowly builds into a euphoric flood of gliding synths, driving beats and trippy effects, emulating the growing frustration of Russell’s lyrics that tell the story of relationships and not being able to line up your life with somebody else’s.
It was produced by Stuart Ramage and Roan Ballantine of the band VanIves, mastered by Robin Sutherland with the video created in collaboration with Kieran Howe, Delilah Rose Niel and Gary Beatson. The cover art is by Scottish artist and designer TAXMAN.
Speaking on the track, Russell said: “Align is about the struggle that comes with striving to make the start of a relationship work. Putting blame on the other person for all failings until you realise that you too are at fault, then accepting that you just don’t fit together and it wasn’t meant to be. This track marks the beginning of a new musical period in my life.”
Align follows 2019’s Midsummer which garnered over 3 million streams and earned Russell a place on Spotify’s ‘Our Generation Class of 2020’, a year that marked further progression in Russell’s sound with the single Citrus. A liberating, off-kilter outburst of slick synths and potent lyrical jabs, it gained support from both BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 1’s Introducing shows. Curated from a range of influences including NAO, Lianne La Havas, FKA Twigs and Nick Hakim, Russell’s music is an evocative and intricately written brand of modern soul, with electronic flourish and an alternative twist.
After spending 2021 honing his sound and live performances, Russell has been busy this year playing shows including playing alongside VanIves for their album launch and mesmerising sets from the main stage of Eden Festival and Kelburn Garden Party’s Pyramid Stage. In May, Russell also featured on producer Luke Jay’s energy charged debut single Nothing to Lose.
Upcoming live shows:
Outwith Festival, Dunfermline (10th September)