Album Review - Goitse / Tall Tales & Misadventures

This new album from the bright and still relatively young Goitse, further propels them along their own traditional road of music.  They have been busy gigging and touring, finding time along the way to refine and further define their sound.  This is a more contemplative recording than those previous as they mix some uptempo traditional tracks with more orchestrated and meandering self compositions that have youthful and quirky titles.  619 is a James Harvey composition that came to him in a dream.  It slowly unravels to a dance of fiddle and banjo with punctuated piano grounding it throughout.  

Another Harvey composition called Changing Lanes starts out as a plaintive and melancholic banjo exploration around a theme of hitting the road after college. When you include two more tracks called Kansas City Knockout and Boodlin, both self compositions and both slower musical explorations, you have 4 tracks in total that start to define the overall mood of the album.  This is therefore Goitse on more exploratory ground with their compositions growing in scope and confidence.  It’s less frantic and more introspective than previous outings.  Add in 3 strong vocal tracks from Áine McGeeney that are slightly more upbeat in tempo and the album forms into a more complete package. Highly recommended.

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