EN­SEM­BLE ERIU

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Stargazer ★★★★ Di­a­tribe

For their third al­bum, west­ern genre-busters En­sem­ble Eriu have, ap­pro­pri­ately, drawn in­spi­ra­tion from the later paint­ings of Jack B Yeats. Like the great Sligo ex­pres­sion­ist, this muchad­mired septet – led by bassist Neil Ó Lo­clainn and con­certina player Jack Talty – know how to lo­cate the uni­ver­sal in the lo­cal, and they ap­proach the parochial and the cos­mopoli­tan with the same mix of cu­rios­ity, orig­i­nal­ity and mu­si­cal crafts­man­ship. Though firmly (and au­di­bly) rooted in the Ir­ish tra­di­tion, O’Lo­clainn’s and Talty’s through-com­posed pieces draw on el­e­ments of se­ri­al­ism, min­i­mal­ism and African blues, as well as con­tem­po­rary jazz and im­prov, cre­at­ing a nu­mi­nous, mys­te­ri­ous sound world that is at times spine-tin­gling, at others in­ef­fa­bly melan­cholic. di­a­tribe.ie

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