Photo: Brigid Power Ryce
The third of four EPs from the now 3-piece from Galway (having added Jimmy Monaghan on drums, to existing duo Aaron Coyne and Declan Kelly), following previous releases Whispered sun and Butterfly and crab.
A little birdie told me, even though they’ve expanded their lineup, this EP features only singer Aaron Coyne. Maybe that acounts for the more reflective, even introspective, feel to these 5 songs.
Instrumentation is confined to a ukulele and a plaintiff, mostly one-note keyboard.
Once again, it works like a dream, Coyne’s voice maintaining a kind of emotive murmur at the centre of the arrangements.
I would point you first in the direction of the especially gorgeous ‘Little pier’, where a kind of muted electric piano creates dapples of colour around the hopelessly romantic lyric.
“…let’s go into hiding under those endless stars
with the night stretched out forever
we’re beyond all harm…”
It’s the perfect piece of music for a summer that existed only in dreams. And it is, once again, essential listening.