A MUSICIAN from Gourock has managed to issue a new release despite the coronavirus lockdown.

David Laing had been working on a second album, pencilled in for the summer, when the outbreak began.

The 28-year-old, who is a chef at Gourock's Cafe Continental, has been using his time while furloughed to create a new EP, 'Maybe We'll Stay'.

The five tracks include four previously released songs that have been rearranged by the singer-songwriter, plus his new single 'Let's Go Away'.

David told the Tele: "Before everything kicked off with the virus, I had been working on my second album and had hoped to release it later this summer.

"To bridge the gap and keep myself occupied while I've been off work, I decided to rework some of my older songs and pen a new one.

"It's been a very different experience as I have recorded them all myself in just a few takes and then had them mastered.

"There's a little bit of anxiety, but after this hiatus away from music it should hopefully be good."

The solo artist has enjoyed success over the years, performing in London at a Q Magazine event to opening for King Creosote in 2015.

Before venturing into the musical world on his own, David performed with many bands over the years, which enabled him to share the stage with musicians like Emeli Sande and Frightened Rabbit.

However, after the release of his debut album 'Please Don't Mind The Words' the singer decided to take a break from the music industry.

He said: "My last album did really well, it was picked up by different radio stations and got good backing.

"I wanted to take a break away from the spotlight and focus on writing more instead of gigging, as it can take its toll.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back to it and have enjoyed pulling this EP together."

To stream and download 'Maybe We'll Stay', see soundcloud.com/iamdavidlaing/sets/maybe-well-stay-ep