Let The Cards Fall

CD £9.99
  • SKU: CDRW220
  • UPC: 0884108006375
  • Release Date: 14 September 2018


Label Review.

2018 album also available in Vinyl.

Our Overview.

The breath release their new album ‘Let The Cards Fall’. Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath, a band who mix Irish folk influences with mesmerising guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Singer and flautist Ríoghnach is Armagh born and Manchester-based. Known for her work with Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet, she has a remarkable voice and a mischievous character. Stuart, by contrast, is a Mancunian urbanite, a guitarist who’s worked with Cinematic Orchestra and is given to dry understatement and calm confidence.

Connolly writes the only way she knows how; a stream of poetic consciousness giving rise to honest, personal, heartfelt songs as likely to touch on childhood summers and first love as cultural dislocation, post-colonial injustices and grief. But it’s her deeply soulful, utterly engaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice – whether delicate and hushed or powerful and gutsy – coupled with Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted songs, that give The Breath such emotional depth. ‘Let the Cards Fall’ – with pianist John Ellis, bassist Sam Vickery and drummer Luke Flowers – is the follow-up to their 2016 breakthrough album, ‘Carry Your Kin’. A bewitching collection of songs allowed to mature and breathe without losing the widescreen, multi-textured kaleidoscope of sound that marked their debut, while refining their trademark Manchester take on alt-folk.


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