BLUE EYED HAWK Un­der the Moon (Edi­tion) ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - CORMAC LARKIN

All too of­ten, the sonic ex­plorer types for­get to bring home the pretty, but not Blue Eyed Hawk. From the off, there’s no doubt­ing that this London-based quar­tet are from the weird part of the sound for­est, but there is real beauty here too. Dubliner Lau­ren Kin­sella’s vo­cals reach far beyond the con­ven­tional, and she deftly adapts her lit­er­ary sources to suit the mu­sic, in­clud­ing the Yeats poem that gives the band its name and the ti­tle of their de­but for hot UK in­de­pen­dent la­bel Edi­tion. Gui­tarist Alex Roth, trum­peter Laura Jurd and drum­mer Cor­rie Dick, with cre­ative in­put from pro­duc­ers Tom Her­bert and Leaf­cut­ter John, craft sound­scapes that veer from a spa­cious twang rem­i­nis­cent of Dave Dou­glas, to ear-shred­ding metal more rem­i­nis­cent of Meshug­gah, in­clud­ing a de­li­ciously men­ac­ing ver­sion of Some­where over the Rainbow. More re­quired. sound­

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