Traditional Irish Music
IMLÉ are an unconventional band with a unique sound, based around 3 vocalists with very diverse musical backgrounds. Their sound mixes poetry, rap and pop music in a way that has never been heard before - particularly in the Irish Language. Fergal Moloney’s ethereal vocals blend with Marcus Mac Conghail’s intense punk poetry and the infectious flow of MC Muipéad’s rap vernacular.
Founded by the band’s bass player Cian Mac Cárthaigh, their mission statement was to create something different that was uncompromising and honest. IMLÉ’s debut album explores the meaning of life, our relationship with the planet and finding hope within despair.
Cian Mac Cárthaigh founded the band in 2015 after making a radio documentary on Welsh Language music called "Teanga gan Ceol, Teanga fan Anam" for Raidió na Life. Inspired by interviewing musicians such as Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) and Cerys Matthews, he felt it was time to record something new and different in Irish.
This is their promotional video featuring the first track from the album called Críochfort. Directed by IMLÉ member Fergal Moloney, with choreography and artistic direction by Lauren Bamford. The video features the 'Hot Zombie' collective, including Lauren Bamford, Ann-Marie Brennan, Laurie Keegan and Emma Costello.They write : "There is much to be hopeful for, but one will be frightened every now and again. 'Críochfort' sympathises on how the discussions on environment and humanity can be a source of great anguish and promise. The nature of finite resources, entitlement, and contradictory understandings are considered."
While working at Dublin radio station Raidió na Life Cian Mac Cárthaigh met and began playing with the vocalists who would eventually end up forming IMLÉ. Each vocalist brings their own unique style to IMLÉ which helps create their particular sound.
Fergal Moloney writes beautiful pop melodies to complement his ethereal vocals. There is a genuine soulfulness to his singing in Irish - so much so that listeners are shocked to discover that he is not a fluent speaker. He uses his lack of fluency to his advantage musically by stretching words & melodies in a way that no one else could imagine. Through this he has forged his own individual style.
Marcus Mac Conghail blends his haunting poetic vocals & lyrics with flashes of spoken-word poetry that are reminiscent of punk poets such as John Cooper Clarke. Occasionally he blends in Sean Nós singing but accompanied with a style of music you would never imagine working with it....but it does. Like his lyrics Marcus's singing is very much on the edge and unpredictable, which gives the listener an unexampled listening experience.
MC Muipéad raps in his own unique dialect. He has created his own vernacular in the Irish Language which was the result of an upbringing through Irish in Conamara while listening to Hip-Hop on long wave radio. His natural rhyming ability is infectious & his lyrics are an honest and raw reflection of his flaws, how he views the world and the type of person he strives to be.
In their short time together the band have been busy. Playing Electric Picnic, Féile na Bealtaine (Dingle), Liú Lúnasa (Belfast) and IMRAM Festival (Dublin), as well as TV appearances on TG4’s 20th Anniversary show and I Lár an Aonaigh on BBC 2 NI. Along with recording & releasing their debut album, produced by Karl Odlum & released by Gael Linn.
At the beginning of December the band will participate in the international music competition & festival SUNS EUROPE in Udine Italy. A nationwide tour is set to be announced in early 2017.(Source: IMLÉ)
The album is available through www.siopa.gael-linn.ie
The album is also available as a free download for broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre.
CEOL & LÍRICÍ / Music & Lyrics: IMLÉ
TAIFEADTA & LÉIRITHE AG / Recorded & Produced by: Karl Odlum (tracks 1,3,4,5,6,7,8) Fergal Moloney & IMLÉ (tracks 2 & 9)
MEASCADH & MÁISTRIÚ / Mixing & Mastering: Karl Odlum
TAIFEADTA IN / Recorded in: Sun Studios, Camden Recording Studio & Chez Karl
DEARADH / Design: Jason Kearney
CEOLTÓIRÍ BREISE / Additional musicians:
Dave Hingerty – DRUMAÍ /Drums (Tracks 1,4,7)
Karl Odlum - GIOTÁR, MÉARCHLÁR & BUILLÍ / Guitar, Keys & Beats (tracks 1,4,5,6)
Jane Hughes – DORDVEIDHLE / Cello (Tracks 3 & 8)
Niall Ó hOisín – PIANÓ / Piano (Track 6)
Colm O'Connell - DORD / Bass (Track 6)
Paul Rice – DRUMAÍ / Drums (Track 6)
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