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Oh Mr Crowley what magical poetry you pen. This is The Saddest Song, an enchanting first glimpse into Adrian’s sixth album I See Three Birds Flying.
It’s a beautifully simple video that captures the sombre élan of a great, understated songwriter. I Saw Three Birds Flying hears Adrian Crowley pick up where Season Of The Sparks left off after winning the Choice Prize for the best album of 2009.
Continuing with Scottish label Chemikal Underground where he bears a place alongside Arab Strap and Mogwai on the artist roster, Adrian also resumed his kinship with Irish producer Stephen Shannon at Experimental Audio, and many of the vocals were recorded on the first take. Steve Shannon is known for a love of vintage sounds and analogue equipment (a gifted musician in his own right) and the new album features a rich array of instruments such as mellotron and baby grand piano. String duo Geese (featured here on The Beekeper’s Wife) also perform – check out this remix of the same track.
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We’re supposed to reserve judgement on these things but I just know the album is going to be fantastic. Mojo gave four stars and called it a “fine narrative-led sixth”. All the right elements are in place and for a musician who never intended to really do much with his music, I’d like to think that we’re about to be treated to sounds of reinforced creativity. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s a poet.
Adrian Crowley plays the Abbey Theatre this Friday and Saturday 14 & 15 September. Tickets are on sale at €20 and can be booked by phone (+353 (0)1 87 87 222) or online at the Abbey box office.