Folk music can still be innovative and exciting as shown by this debut from Dublin band Lynched.  A variety of styles and influences have collided on Cold Old Fire to make it the most exciting album of traditional Irish song in decades. It’s the raw, punk injected delivery of some traditional songs that make Lynched such a potent force.  Their sharp nasal Dublin accents are somehow ingrained with an incredibly authentic and new sound that hasn't been heard since the Dubliners or Pogues burst onto the scene. They bring a fresh new expression to this form of urban folk with sparse accompaniment further amplifying and propelling their vocals along.  

The band comprises brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac Mac Diarmada, Radie Peat and Daire Garvin. Brilliant  harmonies on tracks like The Tri-Coloured House are a strong feature of the approach taken.  However it’s the harsh and cutting words and delivery on tracks like Henry My Son and Cold Old Fire that define the sound and the album.  For any act, established or not, to include a number of tracks on a debut that stretch to 6-9  minutes is brave.  Revel in the sprawling final track Love is Kind which shows that love songs don’t have to be soft and sweet.  Here we are on a different vocal trajectory. Brilliantly conceived and authentically delivered it has a fresh, raw and stark feeling from first track to last. It’s the best modern folk album that I have heard of late and is the only folk album that has excited me in quite a long time. It’s that good.

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