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Darren Doherty, What You Do

Review: Darren Doherty – What You Do

“What You Do” is the debut solo album from Darren Doherty, recorded over a twelve week period at his home in Strabane and featuring collaborations with the talented Lauren Bird and Ruari McCafferty.

With strong over-riding guitar sounds and a voice tainted with the unmistakable Northern Irish twang this debut shows Doherty as more than a solo singer songwriter with the addition of a full band accompaniment.

Swirly vibes akin to Glasgow band Mogwai seep through the curiously titled “Kitty” and indeed throughout the album, there are folk twinges in “Knockavoe” and a muted deeper and darker side of life borne out in the forlorn “Deep Breath” and “My Most Recent Prayer”. At over 55 minutes “What You Do” is maybe a little on the long side but there is more than enough in this release for a second and indeed maybe a third listen shortly thereafter.

Listen To: Deep Breath / Kitty / The Agreement

Hit my 40's and discovered I could write a little and now write about my love of all things music. Favourite bands are Counting Crows, Public Service Broadcasting, Aimee Mann, The Four of Us, Dan Wilson, The Charlatans, Frank Turner and a whole load more.