Adrian at home in 2007
Last night, we were given some refuge from the cold, wet, and windy evening that it was by having the pleasure of being joined by Adrian Crowley on the indie hour.
I say ‘we’ but in fact it was just me. The Lovely Mary Healy had a sore throat, and The Wonderful Ian Oliver was down with the flu. So, there are no pics of Adrian on the indie hour, I stumbled through the gig guide, and it was just myself and Adrian in the studio, with a couple of cups of tea and a chinwag to keep us company. We had a lovely time.
Adrian talked us through Long Distance Swimmer, and about having a somewhat DIY approach to recording, different reactions to gigs in different cities around the world, and a fence collective in Fife.
Long Distance Swimmer has been nominated for this year’s Choice Music Prize – and rightly so. I’m a big fan of the album, having heard it for the first time back in December, and I intend listening to it straight through til the end of winter. And beyond.
On the show, we listened to Bless Our Tiny Hearts, Temporary Residence, Electric Eels, and Harmony Row from the album, recorded in 2007 in Adrian’s sister’s house. We started the show with the Cashier no9’s deliriously upbeat and lovesome track The Face Don’t Fit, which I found through the excellent first podcast from NoClarity, a sweet webmag from up Belfast way. Podcast #2 is up and ready to be enjoyed by your ears as well, so check it out.
Nialler9 recommended Mansard Roof from New York’s Vampire Weekend, and we finished the show with Radau from God Is An Astronaut’s Far From Refuge album, released last year. God Is An Astronaut are playing in The Button Factory in Dublin this Saturday 19th January.
So, here it is. I hope you can swim. Arf.
I’m too funny sometimes.