Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Agus Anois An Aimsir
Music should move you, wrap around you, encapsulate you, and for it’s every listened moment, drift you away.
Agus Anois an Aimsir (And Now The Weather ) is the 2nd solo record for the Wexford based Frames stalwart and sonic storyteller Colm Mac Con Iomaire. It’s been close on seven years since his debut ‘The Hares Corner’ announced his arrival into the arena of the modern Irish composer. And ‘Agus Anois an Aimsir’ cements his intention to stay there.
From the offset the artwork by Sheila Mac Nally let’s you know this was a project thought about in terms of Art and of the detail in the art. I wondered over it’s beautiful simplicity as the album drifted through track after track of intricate sonic layers of piano, strings, banjos, and what just seems like a never ending collection of beautiful melodies. This is gold, absolute uplifting Gold.
There is this sublime delicacy within the playing and the arrangements of each track and yet the dynamic is always achieved, around every musical turn another drifting melody awaits.
‘In the arms of the Angel’ opens with a wonderful ethereal female vocal and blossoms out into a wonderful soundscape. ‘A Study in Scarlet’ has a Robert Kirby, Nick Drake quality to it and is again married and intertwined with subtle melodies. Given that it was recorded in different locations and at different times it still seems wonderfully seamless as a piece.
Records like this deserve more than their day in the sun, they deserve seasons in the sun, a perfect soundtrack to a sun going down in the evening and the sun rising again in the morning.
It’s long time coming but it’s time for Colm Mac Con Iomaire to bask in the beauty of the weather himself and the wonderful players on this record have created. He’s stamped his card, paid his dues. The world should be moved by this record, be wrapped around by it, be encapsulated by it, drift away to it.
Words by Pat Barrett
Stand out Tracks: Sappho’s Daughter, In the Arms of the Angels
Colm Mac Con Iomaire plays the Pavillion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on Friday 29th May