First single from Yous, Dubliner Kitt’s first solo record in nine years released this morning.
The record was largely done by Kitt at his Dublin home, in a “teeny attic room” although old friend and collaborator, Karl Odlum, pops up, and Margie Lewis’s violin plays a crucial role throughout the record, as does Ireland, and more specifically, Dublin.
The city, surrounding countryside, and its inhabitants, are a constant thread throughout, giving the album the feel of a personal travelogue that spans two decades.
Dublin’s The Hot Sprockets are Soper (guitar and Vocals), Tim (guitar and vocals), Frankie (harmonica, mandolin and organ), Joe (bass) and Andy (drum) playing a mixture of indie soul, pyschedelic blues, Afrobeat, country and rock ‘n’ roll.
Taken from the band’s third album, ‘Dream Mover’, which is launched at The Button Factory, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 on Saturday April 14.
A couple of months ago I was asked to do a talk in the Tara Buildings on as part of their excellent ‘Creative Mornings’ monthly program.
Prior to my talk the audience were treated to a few songs performed by a newish Irish group called ‘Pine The Pilcrow’. I had never heard of them before but they blew me away with their melancholic and haunting tones.
Their sound seemed a perfect fit for a video idea I had. Their new single ‘Only Ghosts’ (released today) was particularly suited to my notion. I approached them after the talk and they were more than keen to collaborate. I did some prep work and shot this (above) a couple of weeks ago with the assistance of some great friends. If you ever get the chance, check them out.
Ahead of their annual run of dates at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, and the release of their ‘Live at the NCH ‘ album on March 2 The Gloaming say:
“We’ve much enjoyed [Donegal-bron illustrator] Jacob Stack’s illustrations and videos over the years and so took much delight in his new drawing that celebrates the release of Live at the NCH. Here’s Jacob in action (above), set to the new live version of The Booley House.“