With a unique voice that’s equal parts choirboy and soul boy, Andrew Montgomery made waves in the Britpop era in the 1990s as frontman of Aberdeen band Geneva.
They scored four emotive top 40 singles (‘Tranquillizer’, ‘No-One Speaks’, ‘Best Regrets’, ‘Into the Blue’) and released two critically feted albums (‘Further’ and ‘Weather Underground’) between 1996 and 2001.
Now he is back with a new album and a UK tour which visits Dundee Beat Generator on Tuesday, March 31.
After a decade of silence, Andrew returned in October 2014 with single ‘Sorry Someday’, which garnered airplay across BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Scotland, XFM and Amazing Radio.
He follows through with a début solo album ‘Ruled By Dreams’, which is set to be released on March 23.
‘Ruled By Dreams’ is an album of seraphic modern pop that’s as sensual as it is confessional, with Andrew’s unique three octave voice placed front and centre.
It was produced by Sean McGhee (Robyn, Imogen Heap, Alison Moyet).
The album features Suede guitarist Richard Oakes, Röyksopp & Schiller collaborator Kate Havnevik plus contributions from Ben Ellis (Catherine Wheel, Serafin) and Jody Gadsden and Simon Neilson from Autoheart (best known for their 2013 singles ‘Moscow’ & ‘The Sailor Song’.)
‘Ruled by Dreams’ is a rich, swooning suite of space gospel music, pairing astonishing vocals, woozy soundscapes and lush orchestration with big hooks on a big canvas.
It’s an album of ten fiercely individual songs which gets a worldwide digital release on Andrew’s own ‘Ruled By Dreams’ imprint on March 23 via AWAL.
A limited CD edition will be available exclusively from andrewmontgomery.bandcamp.com
Andrew is marking the album release with a 10-date UK tour where, with full band, he’ll perform album highlights and classic Geneva tracks.
The tour starts in London and takes in Birmingham, Glasgow, The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen (March 30) then Dundee Beat Generator before moving on to Ballater, Inverness, Stornoway, Aviemore and Chester.
Jim Gellatly of The Sun described Andrew as “one of the finest singers Scotland has produced since the late, great Billy Mackenzie.
“It is such a thrill to hear his angelic vocals again, with songs that veer from dark electro to brooding torch songs.”
John Aizlewood of ‘Q’ said: “Montgomery’s extraordinary voice sounds even more affecting and assured than ever.
“Crucially, the songs are precisely what that voice deserves…beauty itself”.