The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JOE BREEN

Ir­ish World Mu­sic Records Sonny Con­dell has been around a long time. Swal­lows and Farms is a work of in­tense re­flec­tion, sheathed in lay­ers of com­plex melody, care­fully ren­dered and stamped with the sin­gu­lar Con­dell sound. Over 11 tracks, the Wick­low tune­smith seeks to evoke mo­ments in time, call­ing on the nat­u­ral world to pro­vide the back­drop for his mus­ings on life, time pass­ing and love. There’s a rich vi­su­al­ity to his ob­ser­va­tions as his voice steps lightly through th­ese in­tri­cate songs. But his search for dis­tinc­tive ex­pres­sion at times sub­verts the round­ed­ness that is the mark of great song. The grace­ful Fall­ing Ap­ple Sound, The Sil­ver Tassie and Comes Call­ing are among the high­lights. Equally pleas­ing is his pro­duc­tion and gui­tar play­ing. son­ny­con­ Down­load: Fall­ing Ap­ple Sound, Comes Call­ing

Swal­lows and Farms

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