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Album Review: Foy Vance – Melrose EP

 
By on Friday, 24th August 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

‘Melrose’ is the newest EP from Bangor born Foy Vance, the first in 3 years. But since the 2009 ‘Time Lays Low’ was restricted to a limited pressing of 1000 copies and is not available digitally, this is the first new music many of us have heard from Vance since his brilliant debut album ‘Hope’ in 2007.

On first listen, I thought how well the music would do behind a film. On further inspection, that is exactly what it is. This is the soundtrack music for the 2010 short film ‘The Shore’ by director Terry George. The film went on to win the 2012 Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action). Two of the songs have also been repeatedly featured in American television shows. The feel of the entire album is that of an idyllic reverie and you can almost see the Irish coastline as is washes over you. Indeed the opening of the record is the music that opens the film as it pans across the muddy shoreline of County Down.

Less funky than Vance’s previous offerings, the EP is full of delicate yearning, a softness that has been added to Vance’s style as he strove to tell the story within the film. Light and airy, ‘Melrose’ opens with the hushed tones of ‘Be the Song’. Its simpleness belies the emotion in it. When Vance’s vocals soar above the increasingly complex music, your heart goes with it. Both ‘Into the Fire’ and ‘Something in the Water’ build on that sound and draw you in, the latter is available as a free download from this previous MP3 of the Day post. The soundscape created is perfectly layered over the pastoral scenes of the film as well.

Sparse, yet full of sentiment, the songs swirl through you with just a hint of the bluesy background of the artist. My only criticism would be that I would have expected there to be more tension between the ‘water’ song and the ‘fire’ song, especially with them tracking one after the other. I find ‘Midnight Starlet’ to be the most deeply resonating track on the record. It’s weighty and atmospheric. I was struck by how closely the tone of it was to music I’ve heard from another soundtrack, ‘My Brothers’ penned by fellow Northern Irish musician Gary Lightbody. Irish directors are getting some great artists to soundtrack their films, allowing musicians to show different sides to their artistry.

8/10

The ‘Melrose’ EP by Foy Vance will be released on Monday (the 27th of August) on Communion Records. Vance will be playing an extensive UK tour in October and November.

 

MP3 of the Day #586: Foy Vance

 
By on Friday, 20th July 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Bangor, Northern Ireland singer/songwriter Foy Vance will be releasing an EP called ‘Melrose’ on the influential Communion Records label. Ahead of that, he’s giving away one of the tracks on the EP, this one called ‘Something in the Water’, as a free taster. Listen to and download the new song below.

 

iTunes Live Festival announced / Starts next week!

 
By on Tuesday, 12th February 2008 at 7:00 pm
 

Roisin MurphyiTunes have announced 10 days of gigs starting next Thursday as part of their iTunes Live series. All the gigs will be available to download from iTunes after the 10 day festival is over. Last year’s festival was a bit later in the year, but were a significant success – dare I say it, but this years gigs aren’t anywhere near as impressive – I mean, come on, Nizlopi headlining? Tony Christie? Really?

The gigs will take place from February 21 to March 2 at AIR Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London. The artists will play acousticcally for what is sure to be some very special evenings. Tickets cannot be bought, and are only available from the iTunes Live website as part of a ballot..

Thursday 21st February – Jose Gonzalez, Charlene Soraia, Julian Velard and Stephanie Dosen
Friday 22nd February – Nizlopi, Soweto Kinch
Saturday 23rd February – Alphabeat, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
Sunday 24th February – Billy Bragg, KT Tunstall, Foy Vance, Leo Abrahams
Monday 25th February – Daniel Merriweather, Estelle, Tawiah
Tuesday 26th February – Charlie Winston, Natalie Clein, Tom Baxter
Wednesday 27th February – Laura Marling, Mystery Jets
Thursday 28th February – Jason Mraz, Ron Sexsmith
Friday 29th February – TBC
Saturday 1st March – Roisin Murphy, Tony Christie
Sunday 2nd March – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Spiritualized

Photo of Roisin Murphy is taken from her myspace.

 
 
 

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