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thoughts on idiot songs
Idiot Songs, for me, was a sort of cleansing. I had a bunch of ideas and half songs that I had been thinking about throughout the making of In Movement, my second solo album.
Having spent a long time working on that piece I was keen to produce something quickly. At the recording stage, when an old way of doing something suggested itself, I either did exactly the opposite or made a decision impulsively. I’ve always tried to be brave, particularly lyrically, but here I was wanton. My old friend and Nocturnes drummer Enda Roche did a fair bit of the recording and with him at the desk I felt very at ease. The recording I did at home was incredibly unstressed and easy going.
Collaborating with Justin, tapping into his wizardry, I felt confident we were always creating something interesting, if not always easy.
And Idiot Songs is a bit of a challenge to listen to (it’s also a bit of a challenge to play!) but it’s the kind of music I enjoy and I know there are others like me. I admire sincerity in people’s work. Justin has it and that’s what drew me towards collaborating with him. There’s enough irony out there, enough music that winks at you knowingly. That’s really fun. But it’s not where Idiot Songs is at. At least not this time round.
So this is a record about a man who cannot choose, who’s too naive for the society he inhabits. I think that figure can speak to us. I think he has something to say and this is something the Idiot Songs project tries to embody.
Been a quiet few weeks here but plenty of work going on behind the scenes. My Idiot Songs project with Justin Grounds is growing well - we’ve pretty much all the songs recorded and are hoping for a July/August-ish release. It’s been exciting to record this album; it’s unharnessed and has an immediacy to it…
There’ll be a few shows in May for Idiot Songs and for my own solo stuff so I’ll post the dates for those very shortly.
In the meantime, here’s 'Nastasya's Tears', our first piece from the collection.
See you soon
I’ve not heard every Irish album over the last twelve months, I’ve missed loads of course, but these are ones I’ve liked (not in order of preference or anything). I’ve been playing from the following collections on my show over on Raidió na Life:
House of Cosy Cushions – Haunt Me Sweetly
Mumblin’ Deaf Ro – Dictionary Crimes
Katie Kim – Cover and Flood
Cast of Cheers – Family
Adrian Crowley – I see Three Birds Flying
Myles Manley and the Little People – Rock n’ Roll Vicar/ Rock n Roll Priest
Deaf Joe – Burrowings
Dylan Tighe - Record
Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - The Brutal Here and Now
Seti the First – Melting Cavalry
Eric McGrath – Little Ripples
OCHO – Young Hunting
Peter Doran – Overhead the Stars
Harry Bird and The Rubber Wellies – The Bones on Black
The Gandhis – After Autumn
My own album In Movement also came out in June.
Fair play to it.