“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