365 Days of Album Recommendations – Oct 30

Solas – The Edge of Silence

51c8pstfqsl-_sx425_

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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: