Modern Studies are a band from Scotland-via-Lancashire.

They released their debut LP ‘Swell to Great‘ through Song, by Toad Records in September 2016.

It was named the 19th best LP of 2016 by MOJO Magazine, and one of the 12 best LPs of 2016 by The Herald.

In August 2017, Modern Studies staged SOUNDING, a run of audio-visual shows, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Swell to Great was reissued by Fire Records in October 2017.

Modern Studies’ second LP Welcome Strangers was released by Fire Records in May 2018.

The band hosted Spectral Verses – a week of experimental sonic collaborations – at the Glad Cafe in July 2018.




“Old and new, sweet and sharp, Welcome Strangers holds you in an ambiguous, but utterly enchanting, embrace… songs that suggest a muddy-hemmed Jim O’Rourke lost in a field in rural Perthshire.★★★★ MOJO

“Melancholic magic… recalls Johnny Marr’s hazier reveries and the febrile, electrified folk of Polly Harvey’s Let England Shake.” 8/10 UNCUT

“Sit up and take note; Modern Studies are setting the standards for intelligent pop in 2018.” ★★★★ Record Collector

“A fantastic collection of woozy, lovely songs” – The Guardian

“This excellent second album, all subtly energetic rhythms, and just-so flourishes of brass and strings, a very contemporary-feeling blend of Scottish-hued indie, jazz, folk, tropicalia – you name it… sounding like two itinerant folk singers picked up from the side of the road and whisked off down the tidy motorways of an imagined future Britain” The Quietus, Albums of the Month

“Modern Studies have created something that feels as abstract as it does accessible, as complex as it is beautifully simple.” ★★★★ The Skinny

“Sublime… your brain, ticker and feet are moved.” Prog Magazine

“there is a calmness in its melancholy, a beauty in its blues. These are songs that see the mystical beyond the material, abstracted folk ballads awash in memory.” ★★★★ MOJO (Swell to Great)

“a gorgeous sound which lands somewhere between Belle & Sebastian at their most icily wistful, and Fairport Convention’s autumnal folk-rock.” The List (Swell to Great)