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Dublin band Boa Morte (presumably named after former Portugal, Fulham & West Ham striker, Luis Boa Morte) have been around since 1998 but Before There Was Air is only their third album. It’s been 10 whole years since their last album, The Dial Waltz, so it’s about time we had another. Their music can be described as alt. Folk or slowcore, and to be honest, it’s quite beautiful.

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180g vinyl LP on Gare du Nord Records.

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Before There Was Air by Boa Morte
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9/10 Jamie 09 October 2019

Melodious. That’s the word. Pleasing on the ear... Harmonious. All qualities (more to come, perhaps!) which would be apt in describing this new record from these here long established, Cork-based alt.folkers Boa Morte. ‘Before There Was Air’ opens with the pleasingly gorgeous-sounding ‘A Sound’. Welcome back guys, by the way. It has been a whole ten years since 'The Dial Waltz', and it’s so good to hear this new collection of 10 slowly expanding, hushed yet crystal-clear songs, in all their stripped-back glory.

There’s an off-kilter approach to music-making here, with woozy arrangements exposing the true beauty of their chosen instrumentation. It’s like when you remove the last vestiges of old varnish from a beautiful old chair to reveal the natural grain of the wood underneath. Glorious, earthy and touching music, sometimes with shades of James Yorkston or Gruff Rhys (the beautiful ‘Sea Creatures’). Songs like ‘Ships Passing’, ‘The Garden’ and ‘Deep Is’ all really speak to the heart (and that heart is in Ireland but also, I think, often in the Western Isles of Scotland). That sound you hear now is my oft-suppressed Celtic soul softly sighing.

There’s a deeply, tangibly yearning quality about this music. A quality you can easily resonate with and bring into your hearth and home, when you purchase this wonderful record.



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