Ha! I love the name of the label - Eire Supply (Air Supply- geddit?) Daniel McDermott is an Irish (natch) composer, guitarist, pianist and producer. He's involved in a whole bunch of stuff as a pianist and arranger but this is his third album which almost unfathomably blends modern classical players with dubstep, IDM, techno and ambient influences. It pits classical instruments against modern day electronic production. An enticing concept on paper and a quick listen reveals some quite oddball stuff that may appeal to the more esoteric end of James Blake or Burial. Interesting.
CD £11.99 IRE014
CD on Eire Supply.
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The pixilated sleeve doesn’t bode well but give this one a chance because there’s some excellent late night Burial style dubstep contained within. Daniel McDermott is an Irish composer who marries classical instruments with electronic production and I don’t think he does a bad job at all on this.
Its one of those album which sounds better just floating along in the background. This morning in the office my ear kept pricking up at certain points in the album. On the headphones it doesn’t blow you away but it gently teases you. I was particularly interested in ‘The Lullaby Wars’ which introduced skittery ‘Kid A’ style beats and plucked acoustic guitar into the equation. The classical flourishes are never far away with haunting piano and strings thrown in the mix. Later on ‘Moving With The Sun’ an Antony Hegarty vocal appears and as a result makes it sound very much like James Blake. It never quite hits the dizzy heights those artists are capable of reaching but its a really enjoyable album of melancholic 3AM smoky post-dubstep soundscapes.
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