Tuesday 20 November 2018

Irish albums of the year

BRILLIANT: Halfset may seem like they were created for tedious arts shows, but please don't hold that against them
BRILLIANT: Halfset may seem like they were created for tedious arts shows, but please don't hold that against them
John Meagher

John Meagher

One feels that it's a labour of love - a document to people and places, past and present

1 ANOTHER WAY OF BEING THERE

Halfset

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

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