2019 album. Rock. Also available on CD.
A Lazarus Soul (Brian Brannigan, Joe Chester, Julie Bienvenu & Anton Hegarty - who have spent time with the likes of Future Kings of Spain, Ten Speed Racer and other music acts,) is the latest addition to the Bohemia Records roster. They bring their unique brand of raw, genuine, unmistakably Dublin inspired story telling to an Irish music scene characterised, as ever, by a burgeoning range of eclectic talent pushing the envelope in every conceivable direction.
Through the years, ALS’s styles have changed (the 2011 album ‘Through a Window in the Sunshine Room’ veered towards ambient/electronic pop) but, with two notable exceptions (the Byrds-like jangle of “No Hope Road”, the pop-ambience of “A Tar Road”), the collective’s fourth album is rooted in the Irish folk song tradition.
Songwriter Brian Brannigan rejoins the fold at a time when reflecting social issues through art with a very personal fire that cannot be ignored is more important than ever. Despite the high quality of the musicianship here, the linchpin is vocalist and lyricist Brannigan, who, across folkloric tracks as bare and raw as Cruelty Man, Lemon 7s, Metal Railings and Settled Kids, addresses and mulls over topics such as community life, poverty, domestic upheaval and early loves.
“Vital and brilliant, this album sounds like Dublin feels’ - The Sunday Times.
“A low key but frequently powerful piece of work” - The Irish Times.
“A strong contender for best Irish album of 2019” - Irish Mirror.
“A rich tapestry that resonates with sadness and anger” - Hot Press.
“This is an essential Irish record” - Sunday Business Post.