Solas – The Edge of Silence
I first came across this rather extraordinary Irish-American band through their version of Jesse Colin Young’s “Darkness Darkness.” It’s a gorgeous song to begin with, and when sung by the fantastically talented Deirdre Scanlan, and rendered with such deft hipness as it is here, the song transcends the original, which is high praise.
Solas are masters of invigorating traditional Irish music without embarrassing themselves.
Similar to Afro-Celt Sound System, or Ashley MacIsaac, Solas manages to maintain the bittersweet and lilting melancholy of the traditional, while simultaneously tethering it to a funky and atmospheric modernity.
The blend is beguiling, to say the least.