The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

Trails ★★★ Per­ma­nent Va­ca­tion

Wick­low man Niall Man­nion’s de­but al­bum Chang­ing Days was al­ways ea­ger to gen­tly direct the lis­tener to­wards a groove. Here, though, Man­nion seems to have turned his head to­wards catching and re­flect­ing what’s go­ing on be­yond the dance­floor. The sounds are slow-burn­ing, smoul­der­ing and low-key for the most part and there’s a melan­cholic wist­ful­ness at play through­out as Man­nion creates finely honed at­mo­spheric banks. When the pro­ducer gets the tex­tures and tones right, as in the ti­tle track or Half Closed Eyes, there’s much to ap­pre­ci­ate within the jam. Yet all too of­ten, Man­nion seems to run out of road and ideas and doesn’t quite main­tain the drama or mo­men­tum for the en­tire track, lead­ing to mo­ments which prom­ise much but don’t de­liver in the end as in Gen­er­a­tions. twit­­tough

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