For Ev­ery Si­lence

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

Cham­pion Sound/Quiet Arch

For Ev­ery Si­lence is proof pos­i­tive that tak­ing your time is an at­tribute well worth chew­ing over. Der­ry­man Ryan Vail’s ear­lier mu­si­cal moves were al­ways en­gag­ing, but lacked a killer touch and dis­tinc­tive edge. His Sea Legs col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ciaran Lav­ery was a step in a more com­pelling di­rec­tion, and For Ev­ery Si­lence con­tin­ues this tra­jec­tory. Vail’s strengths as a pro­ducer and com­poser are about match­ing emo­tions with tex­tures and that’s to the fore on this de­but al­bum. An an­tique fam­ily pi­ano in­formed the drift of the al­bum and you can hear some of its ghostly sto­ries from the past un­wind through­out. It’s an al­bum with a great sense of its own bear­ings: be it the spooked brood­i­ness of 1927 or the beau­ti­fully em­bel­lished vo­cals of Eoin O’Cal­laghan on Above the

White Wash, Vail and co steer the songs along the right path. face­book.com/ryan­vail­mu­sic

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