Label: Benbecula Records
This critically acclaimed debut album by Plum, saw her signed as the first female act to cult label Benbecula Records. This collection of offbeat, out of the ordinary and at times trip-hop influenced songs reflects an evolution of her songwriting and production style.
“Edinburgh based Plum (Shona Maguire) has attracted a good deal of attention, airplay and even won awards for her music. Her music is fresh and modern, mixing folksy electronica with trip hop. Listen to ‘As trains pass by’ and you’ll easily pick out her amazing grasp of percussion. And yet her words and performance are suggestive of a world-wise head on young shoulders. The album, ‘Different Skin’ is varied enough that it never bores, never feels samey and flickers from genre to genre like a butterfly. Clearly there is a good deal of meaning behind these lyrics. Some of Maguire’s songs are almost story-like. Most notably ‘The Eagle and The Penguin’, which I’ll wager is mentioned in every Plum review. Don’t be put off by the animals in the title. This is no nursery rhyme. I’m reminded of Sol Seppys ‘Wonderland’ or ‘Enter One’. It’s that good”.
“‘Different Skin’ simply bubbles with a meditative emotion, assuaging and beautiful in places, unsettling and uterine in others. The gently strummed ‘Goosebumps’ creeps stealthily into the airy synths of ‘Lullaby’, while the eponymous track is nothing but Plum’s gentle, aching vocal layered and laid bare”.