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WE know how hard it is to get your music heard. If you are unsigned, or releasing material on your own label or on a Scottish independent label, we want to hear it. Write to: Rick Fulton, Soundcheck, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA. Sorry, but we can only return demos that have an SAE.

Quickbeam - Quickbeam TONIGHT the Glasgow four-piece will launch their debut album at the historic Govanhill swimming pool, which has lain empty for over a decade.

Of course, I could talk about making a splash but I don't need to. Just buy their self-titled album and its sweet melancholia will be making you weep buckets - yup, so much you could fill a swimming pool.

Achingly gorgeous, it begins with the mournful cello lead Remember, but the song turns into a huge epic as Monika Gromek sings: "When this is all over and done, we'll remember them." Beautiful. It's followed by the equally great Seven Hundred Birds.

A plaintive harmonium and cello duet for your heart as Monika's lilting vocals waft like a soothing balm. An incredible tune that strikes your heart in the same way as Adele. The album is filled with soaraway anthems like Immersed or heart-stopping ballads like Mountains and Home. Nourishment for the soul.

They play Govanhill Baths, Glasgow, tonight and the album is out on Monday. www.quickbeammusic.com Woodenbox -- EndGame A MYRIAD of styles blasts through the speakers thanks to this alt-folk sextet, who are another Electric Honey success under their old name of Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers.

Now with a name that's less of a mouthful, they return with a second album. As well as their beloved Mariachi, there's country, indie, rock, music hall and the kind of interest in music The Clash were all about.

Highlights include Beautiful Terrible with its swamp guitar strut, the rootsy bass of Easy Life and the woozy Kings Liar.

They play the Eden Festival, Dumfries & Galloway on June 9. End Game is out now. www.wdnbx.com
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:May 31, 2013
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