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McEvoy, Aonghus

Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

McEvoy, Aonghus : Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Beautifully flowing acoustic avant folk under a diverse set of influences from the Dublin five-piece band led by acoustic and electric guitarist Aonghus McEvoy, with George Brennan on electronics, David Lacey on drums, Sean Maynard Smith on upright bass and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh on viola, evolving their tracks from pastoral to edgy agitation or ecstatic drone.

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Aonghus McEvoy-guitar

George Brennan-electronics

David Lacey-drums

Sean Maynard Smith-upright bass

Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh-viola

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS206CAS
Squidco Product Code: 32364

Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at The Meadow, by Robert Scanlon.

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"The six string laments on Aonghus McEvoy's Responses, released last year on Fort Evil Fruit, were chilling in their sparsity, coming across like shudders in the night. New tape Under & Cracked sees McEvoy join up with a full band, featuring George Brennan on electronics, David Lacey on drums, Sean Maynard Smith on upright bass and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh on viola to create something more rocking but just as vivid. The opener and title track sees McEvoy's acoustic guitar act as port in the viola's raging storm, flicking out jovial plucks and strums, before the two resolve the tension to unite in a ragged swagger. McEvoy switches to electric for the other two tracks. The first is a free-wheeling, folk meets drone rock jam which hits some truly ecstatic interplay between violin and guitar. The finale is a burning surge of electronics and frantic picking which seems to spiral endlessly upwards. The role of bandleader reiterates rather than dilutes McEvoy's uniquely evocative guitar playing. Uniting with the ensemble to hit incredible bursts of free-rock intensity without losing control of mood or space for an instant."-Daryl Worthington, The Quietus

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"Aonghus McEvoy hails from Dublin, Ireland where he has carved out a niche for himself in the experimental world and beyond as a founding member of exploitation folk-rock group Woven Skull, and brutalist punk quintet Worst. He's also renewed for playing the music of Cornelius Cardew with Rhodri Davis and others, or playing with the likes of Annette Krebs, Ludo Mich, Adam Pultz Melbye, Damo Suzuki and Tristan Clutterbuck."

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"George Brennan is a composer & electronic musician from Wicklow, Ireland.

His most recent work includes his score for 2018's theatrical release 'A Mother Sends her Son to be Shot' by director Sinéad O'Shea and 'Extra Ordinary' by directors Mike Ahern and Ends Loughman which will have its World Premiere in Narrative Competition at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas in March 2019.

George's work blends contemporary electronic music with electroacoustic techniques and electronic processing of traditional orchestration.

He has a strong background in audio technology and music production graduating from Ballyfermot College of Further Education in 2002, where he completed a Higher National Diploma in Music Technology and Sound Engineering.

In 2012 he won Best Original Music at the Fastnet Short Film Festival for a score composed for the short lm 'The Hatch'

As well as preforming electronic music as 'Cholera House' and as part of groups 'Deep Burial', 'Melodica Deathship' and 'BB84' he has exhibited audio/visual installations internationally in collaboration with artists Ella Bertilsson (SWE/IRE) and Ulla Juske (EST/IRE) and Fergal Brennan (IRE)."

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"David Lacey is a musician from Dublin. He plays acoustic and amplified percussion / objects, drums and cassettes. He has longstanding playing collaborations with Rob Casey, Patrick Farmer, Daniel Jones, Fergus Kelly and Paul Vogel.. He is a member of the group Chip Shop Music (with Erik Carlsson, Martin Küchen and Paul Vogel). He has had music released by Cathnor, Confront, Homefront, Mathka and Room Temperature."

-Another Timbre (

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Sean Maynard Smith is bassist from Dublin, Ireland. He has been a member of groups Fault Line, Clockwork Orchestra, Asteroids of Doom, and a member of singer Jennifer Evans' group.

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"Dublin-born viola player Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh is a member of Cian Nugent & The Cosmos and Woven Skull, and has also performed with Circuit des Yeux, Josephine Foster and David Lacey. Sofia Records recently released a split tape featuring Swiss Barns, her duo with Jorge Boehringer. Oreing is her solo debut, featuring four unhurried but vividly focused improvisations displaying an assured style that seems to encompass Irish trad, Appalachian music, raga, noise, and the drone of Tony Conrad."

-Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh Website (

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Track Listing:


1. Under & Cracked 12:55


1. Night-Time Providence 14:50

2. Delhi, Laganside, 2014 09:11

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