O Em­peror: five go mad with melody

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A great tune can take you a long way in this game and Po, from Cork-based and Water­ford-bred quin­tet O Em­peror, is such a thing.

Af­ter one lis­ten, its melodic lay­ers, spooky at­mo­spher­ics and straight-down-the-line har­monies make you yearn to hear more.

It may not be the most orig­i­nal thing in the pop-shop (O Em­peror have prob­a­bly worn the grooves off a few Griz­zly Bear and Fleet Foxes’ al­bums), but this warm, in­trigu­ing tune casts a mi­cro-spell ev­ery time you hear it.

For now, Po is also the cen­tre­piece of the band’s live show, hit­ting you right be­tween the ears with its sub­tle el­e­gance and am­bi­tious ar­range­ments.

The trick now is to see if the band can come up with yet more kille tunes.

The band mem­bers first said hello to each other in mu­sic class and choir prac­tice in secondary school. Af­ter play­ing in var­i­ous other com­bos, they’ve been op­er­at­ing un­der the O Em­peror moniker for the last three years.

There’s a de­but al­bum al­ready recorded and a cou­ple of record la­bels are keen to be the ones to un­veil that. One to add to your must-see list for the new year.

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