Magazine article New Internationalist

Invisible Fields

Magazine article New Internationalist

Invisible Fields

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Invisible Fields

by Iarla Ó Lionáird (EMI/Real World CDRW 126 CD)

Surprise time for anyone more accustomed t'o larla Ó Lionáird in his guise as singer for dance outfit Afro-Celt Sound System. With its acoustic instruments, fresh atmospherics and soaring vocals, Invisible Fields is Ó Lionáird going back to his roots, The album is luminous where the Afro-Celts were energetic; contemplative where the others were of the moment.

It's also a highly emotional record, with a vocal style that has an ecstatic abandon that is comparable to a devotional singer like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The album's ten songs, many at their core traditional ones, are sung mostly in Gaelic, but the language is little bar to understanding. Ó Lionáird's music seem connected to his own landscapes: Olson's Dream' has a swarming electronic background, as if of bees; a lone harmonium takes 'I'm Weary of Lying Alone' to the edges of land and elsewhere birdsong is never far away. …

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