Album Review - Teresa Horgan & Matt Griffin / Brightest Sky Blue

Teresa Horgan and Matt Griffin have crafted a delicious slice of folk heaven on this debut recording.  Its instant appeal comes from the addition of some well-orchestrated arrangements with strings and woodwind.  Even so, without this extra element it would still be a good folk album. With it, however, you have the best vocal album of the year so far. There are other elements that add to the mix; the layers of hushed harmonies on the opening Cruel Sister with the instrumental flourishes between phrases that push it along. There is also a subtle pop feel to parts, with Horgan’s voice restrained but still finding depth in the material.

Kathy’s Song by Paul Simon adheres to a strong guitar baseline, and on that, a laid-back vocal gives the song its meaning.  On As I Roved Out Teresa’s voice anchors the song, keeping it gloriously simple. The lush string intro to Fair Flowers of the Valley and the arrangement that follows is a stand out track. If you are going to invest in one vocal album this year, this might be it. Rewarding on so many levels.

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Comment by Chris. T. Power on September 10, 2015 at 19:42

I was lucky enough to see them perform live last month at the Courthouse in Dingle but  I had to chase them down in the nightclub accross the road to buy a copy of their really fantastic outstanding album.

(P.S. Must be the month for new Dingle Sounds as while I can't get to Galway on the 18th I will be at the launch of the "Wild Kerryman" from Shamus Begley tomorrow in the Camden Irish Centre).  

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