Irish albums of the year
One feels that it's a labour of love - a document to people and places, past and present
1 ANOTHER WAY OF BEING THERE
This beguiling and beautiful album -- a collection of post-rock and electronica -- will have you reaching for such terms as 'widescreen' and 'cinematic'. Three years in the making, its 10 songs are meticulously crafted, not least a pair of standouts; Salmon and Prairie. The album is, by turns, upbeat and reflective but never less than absorbing. When Jeff Martin takes the title track's contemplative vocals, the group packs a significant emotional punch. Halfset may be the sort of band created for appearances on the tedious arts show The View, but please don't hold that against them. Another Way of Being There offers a leap in progress from their debut, and it's the best Irish album of the year.
Burn it: Salmon