For fans of: Bill Callahan, Nick Cave, Sun Kil Moon
20:30 Nadine Khouri
21:30 Adrian Crowley
Adrian Crowley’s 8th album ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’ comprises 11 songs that alight on the various branches of the song tree the Irish singer-songwriter has established and nurtured between his debut, ‘A Strange Kind’, in 1999 and his last release, the ravishing ‘Some Blue Morning’, in 2014.
While crowned as ever with Crowley’s mahoganied baritone, ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’ is the Dublin-based artist’s first set untouched by the instrument with which he is most as sociated, guitar. This is just one of many surprising yet bewitching results of the album’s stress-free birth at the hands of American producer and musician Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman (Sufjan Stevens, Martha Wainwright, The Magnetic Fields).
Dark Eyed Messenger is variously unsettling, comforting and effervescent, eliciting as weeping array of dream-like sounds and deploying dissonance where the listener might least expect it. The result is an immersive record that inhabits a world of dusk, dreams and desire. As with Crowley’s previous releases , an air of literary depth and poetry pervades the set, reflecting its creator’s lyrical flair and elegantly assured writing style.
Nadine Khouri‘s debut album ‘The Salted Air’ was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey), resulting in a beautiful, mysterious and invigorating record. The Beirut born London multi-instrumentalist makes minimalistic folk pop that reminds us of Nick Cave and Patti Smith and also honouring Arab roots.