Album Review - Mike Considine / Permanent Resonance

Here is an interesting 6 track EP from Mike Considine who now lives in Hollywood, USA but has roots in The Burren region of Clare. It’s not all that often that you come across a bouzouki and guitar driven album, which are Mike's instruments of choice. He describes the album as a trip around the places he loves to call home, past and present.  Also featured, in addition to Irish bouzouki are guitar, cello, flutes and whistle. There are some beautiful lush tracks like The Winding Road to Cobbold Road where the Cello of Tina Soule and Mike's guitar and bouzouki mould together in a finely crafted arrangement.  It shows the versatility and texture that can be achieved with inspired compositions.  The subtlety of Philippe Barnes flute on Summer Nights & Aughnish Lights and the way it plays around with Mike’s bouzouki rhythm is likewise notable. 

 
It’s the arrangements most of all that are the standout feature as they constantly ebb and flow bringing with them images of the journeys through the places that have inspired them. Mike states that the common thread through these tracks relates to the title of "Permanent Resonance",  a play on permanent resident, which salutes the many places he has lived and which have inspired him. For its 6 tracks and 30 minutes it is well arranged and tastefully delivered music with bouzouki given a real chance to shine. You can listen to all tracks on Mike's website which is listed below. 
Listen and Buy : mikeconsidine.com
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