The Melting Song is mesmerizing from beginning to the end. Soft vocals from Galway singer Sadhbh Ní Dhálaigh. Summed by the rich clarinet performed by Seán Mac Erlaine, Dublin-based composer and music producer. To me, this sounds like a mixture of trip-hop with jazz. Seán’s new album is called Music for Empty Ears, though it is not empty at all.
The album is marked by his collaboration with Norwegian Jan Bang (who collaborated with artists such as Brian Eno and David Sylvian), plus guitarist Eivind Aarset.
According to his press release, the album is:
“…a journeys through a splendour of musical shades: from the gently insistent minimal grooves and hushed invocations of tracks such as The melting song; to slow pans across dark, saturated vistas on tracks such as Winter flat map; to a warm, celebratory treatment of the Irish traditional tune An buachaill caol dubh; and to moments of visceral, splintered abstraction in Love the way they sing and The alchemist III.”
It is possible to pre-order the vinyl of Music for Empty Ears. A side has 6 tracks, while B side has 5. It was recorded in two days by the autumn of 2017 in Olso, with later productions in Dublin. It will also be available for streaming in Spotify.