Talos live @ Cork Opera House, 28th October 2018

Eoin French – aka Talos has been making his own brand of hauntingly beautiful, indie music for a number of years, and last year released one of the country’s best albums with ‘Wild Alee’, his debut record. However, Talos is still far from a household name. Even here in Cork,  the city of his birth, Talos manages to fly under the radar to a large extent and like many other Irish artists, a lack of significant radio airplay means that for the most part, under the radar is where they stay.

I first encountered Talos, doing a support slot for a more established Irish act in Cyprus Avenue. Talos was a solo act that evening but I was instantly drawn to his style of minimal, electronic, music, which seemed to gently fill the room without ever threatening to compel anyone to take to the dance floor.

Tonight’s show in The Cork Opera house sees French leading a six-piece band, and the first thing that struck me, was his growth as a performer. During the sensational, opening salvo of ‘Odyssey’ and ‘Contra’, there was a stage presence and a confidence that I hadn’t previously seen.

It was great to see that it wasn’t far from a full-house but as usual with Cork crowds, this did lead to annoying chatter at times, making it hard to hear the song titles and the stylistically, quiet intros of some songs – ‘Runaway’ and ‘Voices’ probably suffered most from this, but both overcame it by their conclusions.

The highlights of this specular set where undoubtedly, the stunning ‘This Is Us Colliding’ and ‘Your Love Is An Island’ which brought a fantastic performance to an end and has been playing on a loop in my head forever since.

Also: a hat tip to Jackson Dyer who’s opening set was also dogged by chatter. The Australian, Indie/folk artist, performed alone on guitar along with some loop pedals and a sampler. The highlights of his set were a political song called ‘The Absolute’ and a new song, which I didn’t catch the name of but am reliably informed was recorded in West Cork.

 Words by Anthony Kelly