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Iarla O'Lionaird is one of the most exciting and innovative singers in contemporary music today. His new solo album Foxlight will be released in the U.S. on February 12th, 2013. Well-known as the ethereal voice of Afro Celt Sound System and master of traditional Irish sean nos Gaelic singing, O'Lionaird has recorded an impassioned and sublime set of songs that shimmers with ... Read more in Amazon's Iarla O'Lionaird Store

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World Records
  • ASIN: B005GY4AVU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Heart Of The World
2. Daybreak
3. Fainne Geal An Lae
4. Glistening Fields
5. Eleanor Plunkett
6. Foxlight
7. The Goat Song
8. For The Heavens
9. Hand In Hand
10. Imeacht
11. Seven Suns
12. Stay

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For his third solo album - Foxlight – the acclaimed singer Iarla Ó Lionáird delivers an impassioned and sublime set of personal songs, combining the twin urges to write more new material and yet also work with an intriguing set of collaborators. Ó Lionáird began writing new songs, secluding himself in his home studio on Herdman's Hill in remote Kilkenny. Joined by guitarist and producer, Leo Abrahams, the album took shape as Ó Lionáird and Abrahams split their time between rural Ireland and Abrahams' own studio in Bow, East London. These disparate settings and the varying tonality of the contributing artists make this a record that shimmers with versatility. Whilst rooted in certain traditions, it is also unclassifiable and refuses to be located in one genre or another. It's one of Ó Lionáird's most organic, naturalistic records to date. Instrumentation and layers are embedded in each song, but ultimately it's about Iarla's exquisite, sonically unique voice.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H VINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Well, I certainly didn't recognise the name, but as soon as the phrase "vocalist with the Afro Celt Sound System" was bandied about, it was a case of oh, yes. I didn't know that he'd bunged out a couple of solo albums as well, and here comes number three, six years on from "Invisible Fields".

It's more rootsy than his day job, with the word pastoral springing to mind more than any other. There is more reflective material than there is soul stirring, although 'Glistening Fields' could bring a festival crowd to its feet. But it's the reflective material that draws you back in with 'The Heart Of The World' and 'The Dawning Of The Day' utterly beautiful in their arrangement and presentation.

If you're looking for a tear jerking lament, then you should point yourself towards 'Imeacht' and, prepare yourself for this, because I'm about to say something I never thought would cross my lips, but big props to Sara Marielle Gaup (from Norwegian act Adjagas) and her Sami yoiking on 'Daybreak'. Oh yes, people, I've entered a world of Sami yoiking. And if you don't know what it is, the I believe the University of Texas runs a course in it. There are plenty of weel kent faces helping out as well, with Mercury Prize co-nominee Jon Hopkins. Leo Abrahams, Planet Mu duo Geese and Leafcutter John.

If you're worried aboot language problems, don't be. I may be from a largely Irish background, but Gaelic remains a mystery to me. However, an inability to relate to the words (with the exception of Iarla's first song in English - `Glistening Fields') doesn't take away from the power of the music, so don't let that put you off. This is definitely worth hearing.
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Awesome album - how is it that the best of Irish musicians can do mournful in a way that is somehow so life-affirming?! This is an absolute spine-tingler. And if you like this, check out The Gloaming.
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By Big Bando on 7 Mar. 2013
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We like this a lot. Some haunting songs, very moving and lovely to listen to. The translations are really good to have. Highly recommend.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete Fyfe on 9 Feb. 2012
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Ignorant peasant that I am, I hold my hands up and declare that I have never understood the Gaelic language or, more than likely never will do. Still, that doesn't stop me from enjoying it as an aural texture and in fact find it quite soothing in many of my more relaxed `mood' moments. If you're looking for a serious bit of `chill-out' then this album will more than likely appeal to you as it did me. Many of the `folk' world will know Iarla O'Lionaird having been the vocalist in the Afro Celt Sound System but here, accompanied by Leafcutter John, Simon Edwards and Neil McColl amongst others this recording is a far more relaxed affair. Utilising the main framework of Leo Abrahams electric guitar, piano, effects and programming the project might appear at first to be an indulgence by O'Lionaird but repeated listening will be justly rewarded by those who enjoy their `folk' music with a bit of class.

PETE FYFE
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mining that vein... 3 Nov. 2011
By joseph richard priess - Published on Amazon.com
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At least to me Iarla is continuing to mine that singular vein of gold that he started with Magnetic Fields. It really feels the same, and I think that is a good thing. Despite the evolution of his instrumental backing (at times quite lush but never overpowering), the central thrust of this disc is still his voice. And that voice is as dynamic and lovely as ever. I guess one way to look at the only real difference between the last 2 releases is in terms of his backing instrumentation. If his voice was a treasure that came in a smooth aluminum chest that looked like Apple designed it for Magnetic Fields, for Foxlight it arrives in a walnut burl hand crafted box lined in red velvet that came from the woodshop at Rolls Royce. Same treasure within... only richer surroundings. Totally adore this release.
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When will this beauty... 22 Jan. 2012
By J. Farrelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
... be made available in the US? It's been a pretty long wait since the UK release to make it over the pond.

The previews and you tuberies have been enticing. C'mon, Amazon.
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