Released 6th August
Ireland's bardic spirit manifests in high definition with Micko Roche. This hugely talented and intelligent musician is fast climbing the beanstalk. With skills on the strings, keys, percussions, and technology, Micko produces his own unique and fantastical sound. Having performed with Jose Padilla, Chris Coco, Pete Gooding, and Blank & Jones, we know he's worth checking out for his own appeal. Roche is also known for penning the music for The Dance Of The Fairy, an adapted dance from a popular children's book. This EP circles on the theme within that piece and takes it on a progressive journey. Each number is centred on the concept of a particular mythical being.
The music begins of a flush of beautiful sonics that flows up to greet us. Diluting like starlight, we're left with a piano melody that gracefully crawls along comforting fabrics. Humming drone notes sway within the pressure of tone that keeps the atmosphere hanging high above. Bosons of musicality lift the layered melodics from the ground and apart from each other as melancholy and thoughtful bars coalesce gently. Sióg (Tús) takes us by the hand and reminds us of the dreamland that continues to live within us.
Sióg (Saol) opens with a wonderful violin sound, played in live by the fabulous Kaya Keating. The continuation of melody peels away the old paint and uncovers a vibrant under-layer that shines like something from a magical realm. With simple wishes and smiles, the new scene builds and blows like sails in the wind, expanding and flowing forever. Synthesiser tones drift and swallow themselves as meandering harmonies whist on quenched sunrisen seashores.
A flutish tone howls through open woodlands as the wind carries a gust of memories and ash through its invisible crevices. Vocal ploughs the mystery and humanises the infinite as rhythmic serenades dance with the feminine energy. Reworked and made alive with vocals provided by Jessie Roche, Sióg (Contráth) turns the page again on this submersive story with electronic rhythms and looping harmonies that ring through years of familiarity.
French transmissions call out over ethereal manifestations of sound. A dream builds through suggestive pin-points of melodious clarity. More human voice pours over the backdrop of allusion with affirming vespers. Strings and piano join atmospheric ruminations on slow and philosophical progressions in minimal scales. Exchanging perspectives and joining in the contribution of this special map, John Haggis of Speckled Doves, Band Of Clouds, and Emperor of Ice Cream lends his pen to bring us Sióg (Fáigáil).
The EP finishes on an extended version of Sióg (Fáigáil) which continues the passage of adventure for us in a way that builds and explores further into the hillsides and forests. There is much more to be found.
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