Monday 22 January 2018

Lovelorn piano man who wears his art on his sleeve

Rams' pocket radio
Trajectories(Play All)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Dieter Rams is considered one of the most significant product designers of the 20th century. His work with Braun has influenced several of today's leading lights, including Apple's Jonathan Ive.

Rams' "pocket radio" from the 1960s looks remarkably like the first iPod.

Peter McCauley's appreciation for design is not just apparent in his choice of moniker. A 3EPs version of this album constitutes one of the snazziest bits of album artwork I've seen from an Irish act in years.

Unfortunately, this exemplary approach does not extend to the music made by the young man from Lisburn.

Trajectories is full of piano-led, heart-on-the-sleeve anthems that appear indebted to Keane and Snow Patrol, but aren't nearly as well executed.

There's something terribly prosaic -- and pedestrian -- about McCauley's lovelorn observations, not least on the bittersweet Love is A Bitter Thing, in which he notes: "Sometimes love is a difficult thing/ Talking about the way that it's making you feel."

Yet, he is well capable of writing anthemic songs with big, warm-hearted choruses as Dogs Run in Packs and 1 + 2 ably demonstrate, and it's probably for this very reason that he has been supporting compatriots Snow Patrol on their European tour.

Key track 1 + 2

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