Album Review - Pádraig Rynne / Notify

Notify shows Pádraig Rynne to be one of our most progressive traditional musicians around.  This is a bold adventurous recording that features musicians Tyler Duncan - Guitars, Mike Shimmin – Drums, Joe Dart – Bass and Jeremy Kittel – Strings. This form of progressive exploratory music was previously explored by The Olllam in 2012 with Tyler and Mike forming part of that group.  Notify takes it a step further with little to hinder the creative spirit. The melodies are written in a range of time signatures such as 9/8, 11/8, 6/8, 5/8 and 4/4. Pádraig uses lots of programming, glitch music, electro acoustic and other effects throughout. Influences have also come from the likes of Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson’s with Eastern influences from his Guidewires work also evident.

This takes Pádraig’s work way outside the box of what could be termed traditional.  He has said that "he finds that the concertina sometimes limits what he wants to do with music and hence the reason he looks for ways of planting it within these contemporary settings". All instruments he says have limitations. "It’s what you surround them with musically that makes them unique."  For that reason Notify as an album is quite unique.  It is an outstanding adventure in the cross fertilisation of styles and settings with funk infused bass lines and drum sequences intersecting with traditional melodies.  This is one man’s journey into music and you have to admire Pádraig and his fellow musicians for that.  They are going through an experimental phase in their careers to see what can be achieved.  Their journey back to their roots is not yet complete with some more experimentation in other group forms on the horizon. Notify is a very accessible and enjoyable recording. For anyone who likes great music it will truly expand your view of what can be achieved. It borrows from the tradition and will sit alongside it as a very accomplished and entertaining album. Visit www.padraigrynne.com

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