Adrian Crowley was in fine voice when he played in Cork in June as part of the Bowerbird event at Triskel Christchurch, which he co-curated.
That weekend, he mentioned his new album, which is due out in September on Chemikal Underground (if memory serves, he played a couple of tracks from it, in fact).
You can hear the first cut from the album now, with accompanying video. This premiered yesterday on the Clash Music website,
It features Crowley’s signature circular electric guitar picking style and yearning baritone. What’s unique here is the blossoming string part, bursting out from the refrain like a flower to the light. Overall, with its wonderfully deceptive simplicity and ageless atmosphere, it stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best Bill Callahan moments.
And in general, I can’t say better than that.