Releases Collaborative Single with
JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS
“Love is a Crow”
Digital release – 24 February via Quiet Arch
Stream “Love is a Crow”
Minimalist electronic composer Ryan Vail has teamed up with Jealous of The Birds songstress Naomi Hamilton to create a one-off single, “Love is a Crow”, premiered today via Clash. The track opens with Hamilton’s gentle spoken word, betraying an obsession with the psychedelic poetry of Allen Ginsberg, before her lustrous vocal harmonies astutely negotiate Vail’s considered beats.
As Hamilton explains: “’Love Is A Crow’ touches on how sometimes, regardless of how passionate and fulfilling a relationship between two people is initially, one person’s doubt and vulnerability can self-sabotage it. In light of that, something about this love becomes damaged and almost sinister.”
The melding together of Ryan Vail and Jealous of the Birds’ work for this project seems both natural and extraordinary, as Vail explains: “For me Collaborating with JOTB was very much about putting a sound that people wouldn’t have expected to hear her on. After seeing her perform countless times, I started to discover this edge to her music that reveals itself the more your exposed to her. The sounds I developed were inspired by these findings.” Hamilton elaborates: “Ryan has this great quality of approaching this work with a kind of thoughtfulness that never gets in the way of productivity. He gets things done, which just made the collaboration simple and fun.”
The record, due 24th February via Quiet Arch, includes an instrumental version of the track as well as two remixes – by Stones Throw artist The Cyclist, and Belfast based producer DIE HEXEN (recently included on DJ David Holmes’ award winning Late Night Tales Compilation).
Jealous Of The Birds
Jealous of the Birds is the project of hotly tipped Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Naomi Hamilton. Her debut album Parma Violets, released in May 2016, matches introspective indie-folk with fiery post-punk. Beautifully crafted songs have been given contrasting arrangements, veering from stripped-down acoustic guitar to full-band indie-rock anthems, all overlaid by Naomi’s compelling layered vocals.
Equal parts light and shade, the songs are poignant and vulnerable, bursting with honesty and raw passion. Describing her music she has said; “My only hope is that the songs sound like a real friend talking.
“Full of intrigue and promise.” – Uncut
“Stark, emotive, and totally engrossing.” – Clash
Ryan Vail is a musician and composer with vision and ideas. The Derry-born artist draws his inspiration from the worlds of electronic and modern classical music, bringing them together with unique instrumentation and an emphasis on the immediacy of live performance above all.
After releasing a flurry of EPs, the collaborative album with singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery Sea Legs (Quiet Arch), reached a wider audience when it was nominated for the 2015 Northern Ireland Music Prize alongside eventual winner SOAK, Duke Special and Tim Wheeler of Ash. Vail’s debut album For Every Silence was shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2016, was Huw Stephens Album of the week in release week and received strong support on Radio One and BBC 6 Music.
In 2014 he composed the soundtrack for a full-length BBC2 documentary entitled The Longest Night, part of the BBC’s True North series. The following year, he composed a solo piano piece for World Piano Day, which was chosen for composer Nils Frahm’s Piano Day playlist on Soundcloud.
Ryan has had radio play or performed live sessions with Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft, Tom Robinson, Phil Taggart and Other Voices, and he has performed alongside many international live acts, including Nils Frahm, Jamie xx, Jon Hopkins, Tycho, Todd Terje, Luke Vibert and Orbital.
“Daring and emotionally affecting… deserves your full attention.” – The Independent
“Combines modern classical music and electronic sonics for a sound all his own.” – Stereogum
“Love is a Crow” Tracklisting:
1 Love is a Crow – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
2 Love is a Crow (Instr) – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
3 Love is a Crow – The Cyclist Remix – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
4 Love is a Crow – DIE HEXEN Remix – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
Ryan Vail – Live shows:
Thursday 19th January – Imbolic Festival Launch, Glassworks, Derry
Thursday 16th February – Output Festival, Belfast
Friday 24th January – , D Light Studios, Dublin
Monday 6th March – Servant Jazz Quarters, London