The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews Shuffle - SIOB­HÁN LONG

There’s no doubt­ing Elder Roche’s ears have been pricked – for a long time. Elder’s song­writ­ing is pep­pered with In­flu­ences as way­ward as Jethro Tull, Crowded House, Andy White, The Di­vine Com­edy and pos­si­bly even a lengthy spell in the com­pany of David Lynch. Shad­owy fig­ures lope and loi­ter in un­likely set­tings, and he clearly rev­els in the way his char­ac­ters look askance at the world. And so, lines as painterly as “I’m slack­jawed by the black daw colour of your hair”, which might reek of pre­tence else­where, some­how fit right into the de­mented fair­ground that Elder calls home. Lazy com­par­isons with Tom Waits do him noth­ing more than a dis­ser­vice: Elder’s voice and wit hint at a creative spirit all his own. www.el­der­roche.com

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