Review: Cormac O Caoimh – Shiny Silvery Things

Cormac O Caoimh has recently released his fourth solo album, Shiny Silvery Things.  Cormac’s previous releases have undeniably been concept albums, but this time he has opted to divert away from this style and try something different.  Or is he making his own statement by deterring from his original style?

Cormac is one of those singer/songwriters that when you hear them you think to yourself ‘how have I never heard this before?’  His unique style of Indie/Irish folk is not only refreshing but about as relaxing as you can get.  The weaving of vocals, bass, violin, sax, drums and keys is flawless and elevates Cormac’s message, even if you don’t quite know what the message is

He is well known for his conceptual and artistic lyrics and the title track “Second Hand Clothes” is no exception to this.  From the very first line we hear “Your soul’s second hand clothes.  Worn through at the knees and elbows.”  From this alone I found myself wondering who’s he talking about, what does he mean by this statement?  An artist that can have you asking questions from the first line of their first track is none short of visionary.

The album intertwines a variety of dynamics and tones throughout.  We have the more upbeat tracks such as “Proud” which cleverly juxtaposes a positive musical background with the melancholic lyrics of “I wanted to make you proud but I don’t know how”.  This leaves the listener confused about what they are listening to; this is not a bad thing.  His music challenges us no less that the poetry of Coleridge or Wordsworth would.

The collection of tracks on Shiny Silvery Things claims to not be a concept album.  I disagree with this statement.  I believe Cormac is not only good at challenging his listener, but beautifully relaying a narrative.  It may not be in chronological order, but it no doubt implants an experience on the audience.

I don’t want to give too much away in this, all I can recommend is that you go away and listen to Shiny Silvery Things and enjoy a rare poetic voice with beautiful Irish tones.  Irish folk is such a huge genre at the moment that it would be a shame for this album to get lost so go listen.