Thursday 19 October 2017

Crafty music that packs a punch

Crafty music that packs a punch

John Meagher

John Meagher

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Dubliner Craig Walker came to the attention of discerning music fans while still a teenager in the late 1980s thanks to his band Power of Dreams. Their debut album, Immigrants, Emigrants and Me, is an Irish classic.

Walker is still trucking on and his latest project finds him working with a trio of French musicians, Sophie Armelle, Thierry Fournie and Damien Li. Plastic Ekphrastic is their first album and it's a smart, eclectic offering that encompasses pop, electronica and psychedelia. There's considerable craft on display throughout, even if some of the tracks feel decidedly slight. But when Walker et al are inspired, their music – which draws from the classic pop of the 1960s and its skewed cousin from the following decade – packs quite a punch.

Best of the lot is Atoms – an epic tour de force that weighs in at 13 minutes and, somehow, doesn't outstay its welcome. Walker has form in the field of lengthy tracks – he once fronted a little heard outfit called Archive whose prog-oriented track Again is just as long and compelling.

Much of what's memorable about Mineral centres on Armelle – an engaging presence and captivating vocalist.

Atoms; Love Divine

Irish Independent

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