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ALBUM REVIEW: Cormac O’Caoimh, A New Season For Love

TITLE: A New Season For Love
ARTIST: Cormac O’Caoimh
LABEL: Baby Moon
RELEASED: April 13th 2012

One time frontman of Irish band The Citadels has been branching out on his own since 2007 and his latest offering A New Season For Love has arrived. It’s a haven for acoustic folk goodness and those who want to get in touch with their inner bohemian should definitely have a listen to this album. Lyrically sophisticated with plenty of stories to tell, it’s an album that largely sticks to the same sort of sound like a constant mother figure who takes you through an earthy journey through tales of old.

Cormac kicks off with There’s Gold There Somewhere, which sets the repetitive acoustic theme that continues without a break through the record. A simple song with a pretty riff accompanying it, as is the melancholy folksy ballad Remember When We Didn’t Kiss. Both tracks feature a continuous riff backing up a soulful Irish lilt. Repetition and re-using of musical sequences is commonplace on this album and as a result, the rhythms are incredibly catchy.

Title track A New Season For Love is piano based, as is 100,000. The title track resembles an indie classic by The Smiths with a droney atmosphere and is altogether relaxing. 100,000 has a catchy poppy rhythm and Cormac does a lot of musing in the track. The sparseness brings about a kind of euphoria which is visible on other tracks too, such as Heart Attack. Mellow to the point of lullaby is something that is stimulated a lot on the album and it is in fact the ideal cure for insomnia.

Classic indie can be detected in Grow Up To Be Good which has an indie slant in the vocals but it does instead take on a magical form. Mystical chimes in the backing create an ethereal feel and it does conjure up images of enchanted woods and fairies. A catchy rhythm is at play but it is on the whole, another monotone track. Head On is a powerful folk ballad about staying sane, which despite its dreary sound does stop you and make you think.

In terms of more mainstream sounds, Herculean Sky has a funky bass motif which certainly makes it stand out from the rest of the album. An incredibly wordy chorus and plenty of bass appearances give it a slight uplift. Perhaps the darkest track, Heart Attack begins with an Ed Sheeran style intro and continues with a rolling acoustic riff. Delving into such serious themes can cause controversy but Heart Attack is just pretty haunting.

The “rain” songs And The Rain Falls and Counting The Raindrops are pieces of art, in terms of the images they paint. With guitars that sound like raindrops and the repetitive pretty riffs adding a little bit of happiness to the otherwise dreary grey tracks, there is both light and dark within them.

All in all, the album does have a repetitive nature and those who love something a little bit more upbeat should probably steer clear because this doesn’t venture into it at all. The up sides of it are that it’s perfect chill out music and if you simply need lulling to sleep. I’d have perhaps preferred something a little more light-hearted but we all know that acoustic folk certainly sells.

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