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Rory McIntyre – Walls

Irish singer songwriters have a long tradition to uphold. Heartfelt lyrics over sweet, haunting melodies hasn’t changed much in thousands of years; in principal, anyway. Rory McIntyre is a perfect specimen of the modern day bard.

The influences of Damien Rice, Foy Vance, and on the track Whisper (featuring Hannah Miller), a bit of Angus & Julia can be felt within these WALLS. Irrefutable threads of Irish music are woven through this collection of tracks.

Interlude, in particular illustrates this with its strings highlighting the luscious landscape of a song. This segues nicely into the lamenting Creases with the return of the beguiling strings. The electric guitar bits on Interlude have an almost jazz guitar feel to them and was a charming surprise and reappears again in Caught in the Lump.

Be OK has a bouncy melody with country pop charm. Walls is a charismatic collection and would fit in nicely on any singer songwriter playlist.

NI Music Editor, Gigging Northern Ireland