Though he is perhaps best known in the States as the frontman for Aztec Camera — whose formidable debut High Land, Hard Rain celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year — Roddy Frame has, over the last 16 years, quietly amassed an impressive solo catalog, each record revealing new depth and nuance in his skills as a songwriter. On August 19th Seven Dials, Frame’s fourth solo album, will be released in the U.S. (it was issued overseas in May).
The record is notable for a number of reasons. First, it’s Frame’s first solo record in eight years, following a pair of live albums. Second, Seven Dials will be released on AED Records, a label founded by Edwyn Collins, who Frame first met in the ’80s, when both were recording for legendary Scottish pop label Postcard (Collins with Orange Juice, Frame with Aztec Camera).
Coyly, the first single from the record is, in fact, titled “Postcard,” and while it doesn’t explicitly reference Frame’s old label, it is full of longing and nostalgia, Frame looking out across California and sending a message to a distant lover.
Stream it in full below.