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Adrian Crowley

Dark Eyed Messenger

    Dublin based Adrian Crowley returns with his eighth studio album and follow up to 2014’s ‘Some Blue Morning’.

    Recorded in four days in May 2016 in Thomas Bartlett’s New York studio, the record captures not merely Crowley at the apex of his songwriting powers but also the creative lava that can flow when two perfectly aligned musical minds come together.

    American producer and musician Bartlett, aka Doveman, has worked with an array of artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Martha Wainwright, The Magnetic Fields and Anna Calvi. Bartlett’s contribution to ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’ is variously unsettling, comforting and effervescent, eliciting a sweeping array of dream-like sounds and deploying dissonance where the listener might least expect it. The result is an immersive record that inhabits a world of dusk, dreams and desire.

    Evoking fragments of such diverse works as ‘A Walk Across The Rooftops’ by The Blue Nile and ‘Deserter’s Songs’ by Mercury Rev, ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’ sounds like it took ten times as long to make as it did, an illusion that is testament to the strength of the partnership that forged it.

    While crowned as ever with Crowley’s mahoganied baritone, ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’ is the artist’s first set untouched by the instrument with which he is most associated, guitar.

    The striking cover art for ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’ comes courtesy of Galway-based visual artist Louise Manifold.

    TRACK LISTING

    The Wish
    Halfway To Andalucia
    Silver Birch Tree
    Little Breath
    Valley Of Tears
    The Photographs
    Unhappy Seamstress
    Catherine In The Dunes
    Lullaby To A Lost
    Astronaut
    And S Goes The Night
    Still This Desire

    Adrian Crowley

    Some Blue Morning

      Adrian Crowley returns with his seventh studio album, ‘Some Blue Morning’, which is the follow up to 2012′s Choice Music Prize-nominated ‘I See Three Birds Flying’.

      Crowley achieves a number of interesting and brilliant advances with this collection. The compositions move between sparse dreamstate ghost songs and song-stories to all-out epic numbers with tense nerve-ending strings.

      Long recognised as one of Ireland’s most evocative lyricists and gifted songwriters, Crowley’s latest album is irresistibly affecting, recalling at times the spare, reflective potency of Lambchop or Leonard Cohen.


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