Maybe a little off the beaten track perhaps for DPRP, but one of interest I’m sure is Foxlight, the new album from Iarla Ó Lionáird which will be released on 12th December 2011 through Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. Samples can be found HERE… Iarla will be known to some for his performance on Peter’s OVO.
Iarla, the voice of Afro Celt Sound System and Ireland’s leading traditional singer/songwriter, is about to release his third solo album Foxlight on December 12th on Real World Records.
With collaborations from a new generation of folktronica artists across the UK including recent Mercury Prize co-nominee Jon Hopkins, guitarist Leo Abrahams (regular collaborator with Brian Eno) and Planet Mu duo Geese and Leafcutter John, it’s an effective amalgamation of Sean-nós, new electronic sounds and the uniqueness of Iarla himself.
A thoughtful, intelligent and creative person, Iarla tends to begin work on fresh solo recordings when he has something new to say and Foxlight is no exception. This is only the third solo album from singer Iarla Ó Lionáird in fourteen years (the previous ones are The Seven Steps Of Mercy and Invisible Fields).
This release sees collaborations from illustrious artists across the UK including recent Mercury Prize co-nominee (alongside King Creosote) Jon Hopkins. Leo Abrahams, guitarist and regular co writer/producer to Brian Eno also appears on the album, as well as Planet Mu duo Geese and Leafcutter John.
The collaboration between Ireland’s leading traditional singer and this new and acclaimed generation of folktronica artists is bound to be exciting, but it is also a sublime and passionate affair. The kind of album that demands the listener takes the time to hear not only the ‘surface’ of the material but also dig beneath to the subtle pleasures that lie beneath. Make no mistake, this is no lightweight ‘Celtic’ New Age work but a set of substantial compositions and performances rooted deeply in folk, roots and world music genres. The album also introduces Iarla’s first song in English – ‘Glistening Fields’.
Though he has only made three solo albums to date, Iarla’s musical talent is constantly in demand. Recently he has toured with Moving Hearts, done reunion shows with Afro Celt Sound System, performed a sellout Irish tour with new project The Gloaming, toured with Martin Hayes’ traditional flagship show Masters of Tradition, been involved in a new project with Gavin Bryars and recorded an acclaimed album with Donnachadh Dennehy on Nonesuch (garnering some rave UK press including a 5 star one in The Guardian).
His most recent adventure was performing at the Other Voices show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, where he shared a bill with Laurie Anderson, The National, Glen Hansard and Martha Wainright. The show was MD’ed by Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman (Brassland) who is also involved alongside Iarla in The Gloaming.