Saturday 18 November 2017

Music: Through the Window in the Sunshine Room by A Lazarus Soul ***

(Intent to Supply Records)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Last year was a remarkably fine one for home-grown music. How will 2011 turn out? This third album from a Dublin-based outfit suggests it might be a good one too.

With production from the ever-talented Joe Chester, A Lazarus Soul have created an evocative soundscape somewhere between Depeche Mode and Moby. Brian Brannigan has grown into a fine songwriter, too. Save Our Greenbelt takes ecological awareness to a local level as he ruminates on the Strawberry Beds -- that lovely part of west Dublin beside the Liffey.

Elsewhere, A Penthouse View offers a jaundiced, Morrissey-like contemplation on the emptiness of modern, consumer life. It appears to have been written pre-recession, as Brannigan notes "we had more class when we had not two pennies".

Burn it: Save Our Greenbelt; A Penthouse View

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