EP REVIEW: Tuath – An Taobh Tuath(ail)

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Artist: Tuath

Release: An Taobh TAat(hail) EP

Release Date: 17/03/15

Record Company: Unsigned

‘Gaeilge’ – Irish, or ‘Irish Gaelic’ is the national and first official language of Ireland, as well as one of the official languages of the European Union” 

Being Irish is a great thing. Speaking our first language is another story. In Ireland we are thought how to speak the Irish language for most of our school going lives, yet most of us today can’t even speak a full sentence, at all, in what is officially our first language! Take that last sentence in! Now go back and re-read it. We go to school over here in Ireland for anything up to 14 + years!! Shocking isn’t it? Last year my band released our second album Analogue Wave – Casimir on it we recorded, produced & self released an Electronic Track with vocal’s by me, ‘as Gaeilge’,to bring attention to the fact that our first language is Irish & more band’s/artist’s should praise that fact & use it vocally in their songwriting techniques! So Imagine my surprise when I was approached by an Irish shoegazing/ post-rock/ noise-rock outfit only singing in the official first language of Ireland?  Yeah it blew my mind too!

‘Tuath’ are an Irish language prog/ psych/ noise/ gaze band from Donegal, Ireland specialising in recording, producing & self releasing magnificent soundscapes through the medium of gaze! The outfit started off as just Robert Mulhern, sick and tired of being let down by other musicians, he got together with a band hell bent on exposing the Irish language to a bigger audience. He decided that his native tongue would help spread the word & be the vehicle that was needed to get the Irish language out through their songs! Eventually the project was minimised to just himself & Ashley Mobasser ( Saxophone) for recording purposes only, with session musicians coming on board for live experimentations! Their debut 7 track EP  – ‘Tuath  – An Taobh TAat(hail)’ is penned in for release on 17th March 2015 with subsequent releases planned throughout 2015 & plan’s to tour heavily throughout the year too. 

 

This EP opens up with the triumphant ‘Ocras’. A powerful, stomping track with the added bonus of a saxophone giving the traditional shoegaze wall of sound a new edge. The guitars are perfectly produced & the vocals float on reverb laden effects taking the track to a whole new level in the breaks. This is Irish shoegazing at it’s very very best. Check it out:

 

With post-rock & progressive elements leading the charge, the second track on this EP entitled ‘Nil Tu Ann’ announces it’s arrival with a stunning vocal arrangement sitting on top of an addictive drum beat. The introduction of the saxophone again instantly lifts the track out of it’s progressive slump and into familiar shoegaze territory and the atmospheric guitar changes towards the end of this track are immense. This is a really great track but there are better on this EP. Check it out below:

 

Fans of noise-rock will love track three on this epic release! ‘D.M.T ‘ is fast and punchy with an almost ambient like effected vocal cutting through the maelstrom of guitars & drums. I have to say though, it’s the Sax that is a welcome addition to this whirlwind of noise & it helps to keep this listener firmly focused on the track in general & not on the madness going on around it. Excellent stuff.

 

And as if by magic, the shoegaze re-appears! With a nod & a wink to the first wave of gazers, think of band’s like UK based – ‘Loop’ or Boston’s own – ‘The Swirlies’, track four explodes onto the musical landscape with aplomb. ‘Uisce, Uisce – Read All About It’  is immense! A solid wall of reverb hit’s you right between the eyes, scoops you up & takes you with it, on a journey through gaze! In comes the Saxophone to add another level completely & I am now fully content! Probably my favourite track on this release by far. Bloody brilliant.

 

You can listen to any track on this massive release & it will give you something new to get your ears around. Yes, the Irish language thing is brilliant & I commend the band for experimenting with our national language, but don’t let it take your ears away from the musical compositions on this EP.  They are absolutely stunning. From the opening track ‘Ocras’ through ‘Nil Tu Ann’, D.M.T, Uisce Uisce – Read All About It, I D’tuath De Mo Cuid Namhaid(Brian Jonestown Massacre Cover), the immense instrumental ‘Ag Dunmharu An Timpeallacht’ & finally to the EP’s epic closing track ‘Bharuil’, this EP has it all. I’m amazed at how much attention to detail has gone into producing this bunch of tracks. When Robert Mulhern got in touch with me initially, he told me that the band had never set out to be ‘Gazers’. This EP, in my opinion, firmly put’s them into the ‘ Irish Gaze’ category of music & should ‘Tuath’ decide to stay with shoegaze, it will hold them in good stead with the hardcore Irish shoegazing fan’s going forward.

You can find out more about the band by going to:

www.soundcloud.com/tuath

www.facebook.com/Tuathband

Del Chaney – The Primal Music Blog – February 2015 – Dublin, Ireland.

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo ‘Analogue Wave’, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, ‘The Primal Radio Show’, has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he’s passionate about. He also currently write’s for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.

 

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