Mutantspace arts skills exchange member O Caoimh (formerly of The Citadels) will inevitably be compared to, and was influenced by, English folkie Nick Drake. Lets hope that O Caoimh’s album will not be sadly neglected in his time, (which played a large part in causing the severe depression that Nick Drake constantly battled). Although we can draw such comparisons, this debut album is incredibly slow moving but is also beautiful beyond words.
Though his sighing, world weary voice is immediately identifiable, he also proves to be an excellent guitar picker on songs such as album opener ‘there’s gold there somewhere’ and ‘remember when we didn’t kiss’, while lushly baroque string arrangements are provided on other tracks throughout which add another layer of loveliness to the album. Clever lyrical content and carefully constructed music will not disappoint.
Wise and poetic lyrics are almost a match for his mournful, yet hopeful music. Example in lines like ‘Here’s the news and have you heard; you’re going to get what you deserve….And the clouds shift, but your heart won’t budge an inch and the lights lift and your eyes don’t blink or flinch’. (On track ‘And the rain falls’). There is a definite poetic elegance that is even more impressive when you consider that this is the second album from O Caoimh, that so many artists become stinted on. Not her, as the songs run seamlessly into the next. Sublime.
Although he allows some levity on the more upbeat ‘A New Season for Love’ and ‘Head on’, which are superior guitar lead ballads that resolves the album on a beautifully bright high. Well worth checking out.