Our Lit­tle Se­crets: tell all

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

Those who fol­low the ins and outs of the Ir­ish gig­ging scene will recog­nise Rhob Cun­ning­ham. Over the past few years, the Dublin-based singer-song­writer has been a reg­u­lar pres­ence on bills up and down the coun­try. Aside from his own gigs, he has also sup­ported Lisa Han­ni­gan, Bell X1, Cathy Davey, Mundy, Gemma Hayes, Mick Flan­nery and the late John Mar­tyn.

Cun­ning­ham’s new­est ven­ture is Our Lit­tle Se­crets, a band put to­gether to plug and play his forth­com­ing de­but al­bum. Aside from an im­pres­sive cast of play­ers, the al­bum also fea­tures Cun­ning­ham’s road-tested songs.

The likes of A Good or Bad Thing (which fea­tures Lisa Han­ni­gan on guest vo­cals, re­turn­ing the favour as Cun­ning­ham ap­peared on her Sea Sew de­but), Na­ture’s Way and The River Bend demon­strate Cun­ning­ham’s pas­toral, laid­back folk.

Full of soft shapes and day­break at­mo­spher­ics, you can tell what records are in his col­lec­tion – and he cer­tainly won’t be hid­ing those Drakes or Mor­risons be­hind the sofa when some­one calls for tea.

Our Lit­tle Se­crets play Dublin’s Su­gar Club to­mor­row night. Off­beam elec­tron­ica with plenty of odd­ball hooks from Kingston, Lon­don, pro­ducer Toby Ri­dler, whose swell EP for Tough Love is the one to check out. Fea­tur­ing ex-mem­bers of Ca­jun Dance Party, Yuck hit the ground run­ning with the Ge­or­gia sin­gle. Those han­ker­ing for a slacker-pop re­vival will love ’em.

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