Tuesday 21 November 2017

Music: Depth of Field by Somadrone * * * *

(Skinny Wolves)

This is an album full of class and skill
This is an album full of class and skill
John Meagher

John Meagher

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

Irish Independent

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