The Pictish Trail is the stage name of Scottish musician and head of Lost Map Records, Johnny Lynch. Named after a trail linking Inverness and Golspie, The Pictish Trail released its first album in 2003 through Fence Records, which Lynch ran until 2013. His proper debut happened in 2008 with Secret Soundz Vol. 1, released to critical acclaim. His next album, 2010's 50-track In Rooms, was essentially a mini-album comprising 30-seconds-long songs. Secret Soundz Vol. 2 followed soon and was well-received by critics. It was re-released the following year as part of a double CD set through Moshi Moshi. After dropping 'The' from his name, Pictish Trail issued his next album, Future Echoes, in 2016 on Lynch's new label - Lost Map Records. Thumb Word, comprising the tracks "Turning Back," "Repeat Neverending," "Double Sided" and more, dropped in 2020 to positive reviews.