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Long inspired by the sights, sounds and surroundings of Ireland, Daithí traces a more intimate though no less alive collision in his latest work.
The two-time Choice Music Prize nominee builds on a signature unique formation of house music with a series of double A-sides that mark the most ambitious and personal adventure to date.
This latest project was unearthed in isolation in rural France as communication with friends, family, and an all-consuming social media expanse was placed on pause.
Time to breathe.
“I became interested in the idea of how people deal with loss, and the different ways that they recover from it,” he notes.
“I was at my lowest point, feeling like nothing would ever be okay again, and found myself writing all sorts of melodies and chords as a form of therapy, but at first couldn’t imagine getting to a place where I felt comfortable making songs out of them. This project scared me, but I’m also more proud of it than anything I’ve ever done.”
Blessed with a spellbinding vocal turn from Bell X1 leader Paul Noonan, ‘Take the Wheel’ marks brave territory for Daithí as the track traverses haunting terrain where battered flags once laid down by Cave and Cohen thrash ominously in the distance.
‘In My Darkest Moments’, meanwhile, takes the listener on a more insular journey, with a maze-like build that bursts into a sea of opaque colours. The track was accompanied by a stunning video created in the west of Ireland, winning 3 shark awards and an emerging director award for Lochlainnn McKenna.
‘Orange’, featuring long time collaborator Sinead White, is an honest open exploration of heartbreak, laid bare in stunning clarity with Sinead’s incredible vocal.
This year, ’Submarines’ is released, featuring Irish songwriter Ailbhe Reddy. With its pulsing house beats and the sampling of Irish instruments, it makes for a powerful summer tune, full of energy.