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Climb Sheer the Fields of Peace

La­tent Record­ings

Some mu­si­cians don’t go away, the fire in the blood and com­pul­sion in their sys­tem never sub­mit­ting. One such is Dublin-born song­writer/ per­former Ali­son O’Don­nell, who was – in a dif­fer­ent, ear­lier life – a mem­ber of highly re­garded 1960s Ir­ish “psych-folk” band, Mel­low Can­dle. Her new al­bum wouldn’t be out of place if you po­si­tioned it be­side any lat­ter-day freak folk of­fer­ings, with songs such as In the Snowmelt, Swans They Are

a-Feed­ing, Me­mo­rial, and The Pull and Drag Blues (the only nod to to­day’s beau­ti­ful noise) en­sur­ing that O’Don­nell sounds as con­nected as she’s ever been. al­ison­odon­

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