Music: Depth of Field by Somadrone * * * *
Domestic electronica aficionados are likely to be familiar with Neil O'Connor's thoughtful, well-crafted music. A member of acclaimed instrumentalists, The Redneck Manifesto, he branched out on his own three years ago with a fine debut album under the Somadrone moniker.
This eight-track follow-up was recorded in several international locations -- including a stint in Stockholm -- and the sense that this was a labour of love is apparent throughout.
The giants of 20th century minimal composition -- Philip Glass and Steve Reich -- are obvious influences here, but O'Connor is no mere copyist. Vapours is a gorgeous exercise in mood and texture, while Desiring Machine suggests a commercial vein beats within an experimental heart.
Check out the remarkable video for Providence -- it's directed by rising local filmmaker Eoghan Kidney.
Burn it: Vapours; Desiring Machine