A music blog from Ireland.
From Ickis Mirolo, a brand-new six-track EP, Hark! Crippling Sadness. There won’t be a dry ear in the house after hearing it.
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Although Rob, the man behind the Mirolo psuedonym, already released twice so far this year, it really sounds as though it’s all been leading up to this point as Hark! is weighing in as an impressively solid creation from the lone producer. He’s not afraid of noise and adventurously delves straight into corrupting the given structures of melody and rhythm with strange chirrups and washes of jarring sound that, rather than spoiling the beauty of thoughtfully-constructed patterns, emphasise them. Ickis Mirolo seems to have little truck with replicating other people’s sentiments and instead, delivers a noisy, unnerving and very striking alternative instead.
Far from sounding antisocial and dense from this type of self-involvement, Rob seems to have thrown a spear mid-point between rough and smooth, keeping the familiar coasting use of beats and samples and they lift the music into artistry instead of mere self-expression. Listening repeatedly since it was upped last night, I have to say the stand-out track is Ear Geography/Matches In High Wind which hears Ross Chaney’s jazz drums, contrasting with the electronic dub, seeming at first like a stand-alone short moment, then it becomes clearly an intro when the drums re-emerge further on and the correlation between the two is outstanding. There are two vocal tracks from Margie Lewis; The Space Between is one I heard and loved on Soundcloud, while her voice on Ourselves By The Sea is a gently-glowing beacon that extends far into the ether, and closes the EP on a very sweet note indeed.
Hark! Crippling Sadness is available from Bandcamp now on a name-your-price basis and will be breathed to live tomorrow afternoon at the big birthday bash for Elastic Witch.