A gloriously messy, rambling, shambling, phantasmagoric singer songwriter album. Shades of Damien Rice, Paddy Casey, and Adam Duritz, but wholly its own, with images and phrases that will burrow their way into your soul. You’re off the edge of the map, mate - Here there be monsters.
Favorite track: Altar Wine.
These songs, dreams, séances, confessions, redemptive prayers, acts of rebellion, medicinal hopes, recorded source material. These are all that I was, all that I am and all that I'll ever be. Suspended in space and memory, to thrive and amalgamate until they are forgotten.
I tried to say all that I needed to say, unfiltered and devoid of timidity.
As life gave life to words and melody, they too began to reciprocate and I watched as the characters in the songs began to create their own mythologies, embodying their own personalities, gifting love and abundance and providing arenas in which to vent, in which to float, free of judgement. For that is one of the innumerable savings of Art and the freedoms it provides. With your truth, safe in the expression of that truth. Trusting it as your guide.
I altered as a being throughout the journey, naturally in the flow of it all.
It allowed me to expel, to explore and to connect with a collective who I love and among whom I feel that I belong. It challenged us all to be brave, to truly step into situations. It was the catalyst for change within and without, the dissipater of the veil.
The process of sculpting this album and it sculpting me, brought joys and euphorias and pains and sadnesses in equal measure.
All of it was of importance! All of it was of worth, as all of it led to healing, reset & renewal. None of it would have held any merit for me if it hadn't of had to be gráfted for.
I believe it because I was there and I witnessed it all unfold.
I hope it resonates with you in some way.
The War is nearly done.
released January 10, 2020
All songs written by David Keenan
Produced by Gavin Glass
Altar Wine, Unholy Ghosts & Evidence of Living arranged by Gavin Glass.
Engineered by Peter Ashmore
Recorded at Hellfire Studios, Rathfarnham, Dublin and Firepit Studios, London
Mixed by Peter Ashmore at Hellfire Studios, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NY
Vinyl lacquer cut by John Webber at Air Studios, London
Photography by Benson
Designed by Mark James
David Keenan - vocals, electric guitar and acoustic guitar
Graham Hopkins - drums, percussion & backing vocals
Gavin Glass - electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, hammond organ, pump organ, piano, dobro, lap steel & glockenspiel
Gar Kane - bass & backing vocals
Harry Hoban - piano, rhodes, harmonium
Gareth Quinn Redmond - violin & backing vocals
Allanah Thornburgh - harp
Leon Kane - backing vocals
Brian Larkin, Aidan Shortall, Peter Ashmore, Chris Barry, Jack O'Donoghue, Mark William Logan, Greg Purcell & Bob Hogan - additional backing vocals