Some good news in a world full of dreadful news comes in the shape of the fact that Irish songwriter and electronic alchemist Seamus Fogarty has signed to Domino Records. His earlier albums were both very good and would be of particular interest to people who like the sea. Here he enjoys taking his lovely songs and adding odd bits of electronics etc to mess them up a bit.
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- WIGLP409 / 180g black vinyl LP on Domino, housed in embossed sleeve
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Irish folky Seamus Fogarty makes songs that sound as lovely and scratchy as the hand drawings that accompany them. With nimble, reductive acoustic origins, they tend to grow into something lovely and serene, the arrangements emerging as the stories gain permanence. ‘The Curious Hand’ finds him working some of his loveliest flourishes around his most kindly melodies -- along with some real peculiarities.
Need I labour over more paragraphs for you? Fine. How about this for a lyric: “I wake up in a ditch, sometime in the afternoon”. Same. In reality, I can tell you that Fogarty is broadening his horizons and then breaking them on this record, with experimental gestures like “St. John’s Square” seeing him making odd, amorphous electronic music, an almost folksy breakbeat with chiming, discordant sounds. It doesn’t so much sound like an interlude as it does a detour, a quick shortcut down a backstreet and then back into the warm city centre setting: it goes back into “Van Gogh’s Ear”, with its viola and banjo, like the colour’s being filled back into the record’s shapes.
Maybe I’m remembering it wrong, but I don’t remember Fogarty being quite this cheeky: “Carlow Town”, half sparkling with folksy picking patterns, is adjacent to noise, its squeaking electronics and heavy-handed beatwork eventually coming back into a twangy vocal and a timely tale. The record’s beauty is quite wonderfully marred by its own stylistic uncertainty: “Christmas Time On Jupiter” has ominous turns and trembles so uncanny that I want to sit Fogarty down and explain to him that this simply isn’t how quaint folk music is done. He would, of course, prove me wrong.
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