Sun Choir was created by Edinburgh-based band Marram, and is one of two musical releases which belong to the 'Everything is New Project'. The project developed by Scottish arts collective, Transgressive North, was inspired by the charity Scottish Love in Action (SLA) and their work with Dalit children in India.

The 11-track LP opens with a volley of young melancholic voices that permeates, and wanes in your head, conjuring up the mermaid legend of a gloomy siren drawing seafarers to certain doom upon the rocks. A sense of sadness during the opening of that first track 'Icarus Hope Choir' is quite fitting considering Dalit children are regarded as "untouchable" - ostracised and oppressed by mainstream Indian society. Proceeds from this release and sister album 'BOATS' by various artists, will support SLA in running the Light of Love Home and School, which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for 500 children in Tuni, south east India.

Recorded over a six year period, the album is laden with incredible features including the infallible Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker, Clouddead rapper and poet Doseone, Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh, Arcade Fire's Owen Pallett and the Light of Love Children's Choir - made up of children from the Light of Love Home and School. Musically Sun Choir is described as the "Sagrada Familia of post-rave, orchestral art pop," and with 200 instruments including full orchestras and 1000-voice choirs the body of work is Gaudi-esque in nature; modernistic, grand, complex, theatrical, colourful and symphonic.

The infusion of genre's and styles certainly makes the record feel like a score that would be used in an Olympic opening or indeed closing ceremony. Jarvis Cocker features on tracks 'What If We' and 'Falling From The Sun', with Scottish folklorist Margaret Bennett also joining him on the latter.

'What If We' has a gorgon of a bass line behind it, chopped up with spats of alternating violins, that build and drive the track to a euphoric falsetto entry from Marram's lead singer Jamie Chambers, before making a drop into an electronic breakdown that you could easily have a good skank to. Jarvis Cocker's docile tones are then harmoniously joined by the children's choir, as he rumbles through a list of lyrical questions, before the sparring violins return to close out the song and accompany Chambers' rhetoric of "If we were running the world."

Adding shade to the light is the track 'Valuables', the pre-cursor of which, 'Valuables (Intro)', creates an eerie tension so unnerving it is quite tempting to skip entirely. Eventually the trip-hop tinged beast, featuring gritty vocals from Adam Drucker, aka Doseone and a chorus supplied by Irvine Welsh, author of 'Trainspotting' - which is sung by children choir's from both Tuni and Edinburgh - unfurls into a dreamy end.

Marram write in their album notes that they wanted to embody the interplay between themselves and the children of the Light of Love Home and School, when making the album; that the songs on 'Sun Choir' were for the children "to sing, to hear, to dance to, and (we hope) to take pride in."

That premise is not only evident in the songs themselves but also in the snippets of audio between tracks, for instance the child speaking Telegu at the start of 'Amma' or the sounds of children laughing and playing at the end of 'We Fly A Kite', and thus helps the record realise its purpose to ensure the value of the Dalit children is heard loud and clear.