KARAN CASEY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - SIOB­HÁN LONG

Two More Hours Crow Val­ley Records

★★★★ How re­fresh­ing it is to hear an artist de­part from the cer­tain­ties of the road well trav­elled. Karan Casey does just this on her lat­est, highly per­sonal collection of orig­i­nal songs. Delv­ing deep be­neath the skin of con­tem­po­rary song­writ­ing, her voice seeks pur­chase in the cracks and crevices where real life makes its mark on us. With her hus­band, Niall Val­lely, on pro­duc­tion du­ties, Casey swoops and soars through jazz- and pop-in­flected arcs, with some­times star­tling re­sults. Wisely choos­ing a rich mix of ac­com­pa­nists (Kenneth Edge on sax­o­phone, Aoife O’Dono­van and Abi­gail Washburn on vo­cals, Trevor Hutchin­son on dou­ble bass), she tips into doo-wop play­ful­ness (Fishes Will Fly) and poignant mem­ory (Sor­rows Away), with the strangest echoes of Antony He­garty (he of the John­sons). These n1ew pas­tures in­vig­o­rate Casey beau­ti­fully. karan­casey.com

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