Elevens – Forlorn Soul (Review)
Dublin indie acoustic outfit Elevens, have returned to the scene with ‘Forlorn Soul’ a single released on YouTube. A long anticipated album, mixed by Phil Hayes (Bell X1) at The Transmission Rooms is due for launch on iTunes on Jun 1st 2013.
Elevens, no strangers to the Irish music scene, emerged in 2009, consisting of Martin McKann (Sacks) Tony Barrett (Brilliant Trees) and Mark Healy (Jerry Fish & the Mudbug Club) and they have had three acclaimed EP’s under their belt. The trio are renowned as musical craftsmen within the indie scene and have enjoyed collaborating with photographers and visual artists to date.
‘Forlorn Soul’ their latest single is more up-tempo compared to their previous EP releases. Think of an upbeat Bon Ivor, with the bear-like-vocal quality of Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy) only with more serious poetic lyrics dealing with the theme of love lost and found. Lyrically, it is hard to fault McCann, Barrett and Healy’s ability with such offerings as – “Tales of the fallen roll easily off the tongue, draped in chiffon “and “Without gesturing transparency resides”, although at times it is difficult to hear the vocal, the quality stands out. Wind, xlyophone, and toy – like iPhone instruments are a welcome addition, adding a dreamlike quality, while the accompanying classical guitar dances in perfect step with McCann’s easy, pitch – perfect vocal. Fans will not be disappointed.
Review by Áine Byrne