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HQFU, Scotland On Sunday, 29 May 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 29 May 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss. Read on [in association with Lindisfarne Festival]

Scotland On Sunday, 29 May 2016, HQFU

Originally from Aberdeen, and starting her musical career as a folk artist, Sarah J Stanley is currently making an impact with her electronica project HQFU.

A multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer, her self-titled debut album was released last month, securing lots of media support, most notably a live session on Vic Galloway’s BBC Radio Scotland show.

HQFU’s sound is rooted in house and electro, combining live vocals, dreamy melodies, synthesisers, beats and bleeps.

She performs live on Thursday as part of Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh, Friday at Brew At The Bog near Inverness, 10 June during the West End Festival at the Hug And Pint in Glasgow and Doune The Rabbit Hole in August. She also joins previous Scottish Album of the Year Award winner RM Hubbert on tour next month.

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Under the Radar in Scotland On Sunday is in association with LINDISFARNE FESTIVAL

Lindisfarne Festival sponsors new music in Scotland On Sunday, 29 May 2016

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Be Charlotte, Scotland on Sunday, 19 July 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 19 July 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine 19 July 2015, Be Charlotte

Dundee’s Charlotte Brimner has come a long way since her early acoustic compositions, and is now making waves on both sides of the Atlantic. In the spring she took part in SXSW Interactive, demonstrating a new instrument she has developed with Cambridge scientist Kate Stone, before heading off to LA to begin work on writing music for films.

Back home, she used her recent T In The Park performance to re-launch as Be Charlotte marking her move into an electronic sound, which blends loops, vocals, beat-boxing and rap.

More festival performances are due to follow at Wickerman Festival this Saturday [25 July] and Doune The Rabbit Hole a month later, with booking agents already taking a keen interest.

Although not yet officially released, her self-produced track Discover has been picking up plays on XFM. It provides an excellent snapshot of her talents, demonstrating a pop sensibility, which clearly establishes her as a success story in the making.

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