SEAMUS FOGARTY DUCKS & DRAKES
THE NEW EP OUT SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
LIMITED-EDITION 12” VINYL WITH SELF-DESIGNED SCREEN-PRINTED SLEEVES (250 COPIES ONLY) + iTUNES DOWNLOAD
‘DUCKS & DRAKES’ VIDEO AVAILABLE TO VIEW AND SHARE:https://youtu.be/lgNn6FatFwI
+ NEW TOUR AND FESTIVAL DATES INCLUDING LOST MAP’S HOWLIN’ FRINGE!
SUN, JUL 26 @ CLOUDSPOTTING FESTIVAL, SLAIDBURN [TICKETS]
FRI, JUL 31 @ PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL, CORNWALL [TICKETS]
SAT, AUG 8 @ LOST MAP’S HOWLIN’ FRINGE!, PENICUIK TOWN HALL,
FRI, AUG 21 @ WEXFORD ARTS CENTRE, WEXFORD (W/ LISA O’NEILL) [TICKETS]
SAT, AUG 22 @ SET THEATRE, KILKENNY (W/ LISA O’NEILL) [TICKETS]
THU, AUG 27 @ COUGHLANS, CORK (W/ LISA O’NEILL) [TICKETS]
THU, SEP 3 @ SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING [TICKETS]
SUN, SEP 13 @ GREEN MAN BEER FESTIVAL, KINGS CROSS, LONDON [TICKETS]
“RATHER SPLENDID” – GIDEON COE, BBC 6 MUSIC
“A DOOZY” – NIALL BYRNE, NIALLER9
It gives Lost Map Records great pleasure to announce the return of Irish alt-folk/electronica and field recordings maestro Seamus Fogarty with the release of the brand new EP Ducks and Drakes. The four track collection is the first new material by the London-based songwriter to come out since his critically lauded debut album God Damn You Mountain was given a full release on Lost Map in February 2014 (“startlingly good” ★★★★★ – The Skinny). It arrives on September 4, 2015 on super limited-edition 12” vinyl with self-designed screen-printed sleeves (250 copies only) and as iTunes download, and will be preceded by a number of Irish dates and appearances at various festivals including Cloudspotting in Lancashire, the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall and Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fringe! in Penicuik. The mesmerising video for the EP’s title track ‘Ducks & Drakes’ made by Drew Dir of Manual Cinema is available to view below
Seamus Fogarty’s soul-stirring blend of alt-folk, country, blues and electronica – performed by Seamus himself on a variety of instruments against a background of fragmented recordings and found sounds, from broken household appliances to snippets of random conversations with friends and neighbours – is like nothing else in contemporary music: an intriguingly uneasy handshake between the ancient and the modern. Where God Damn You Mountain – recently hailed by Mercury Prize-nominated artist Jon Hopkins as “a shambolic masterpiece” in an interview with Mojo – was recorded in a cottage in the West of Ireland where he grew up, the Ducks & Drakes EP took shape in his adopted home of London. “The album was kind of me looking back where as these tunes are more about where I am now and how I got here,” says Seamus. “I’m from the country but soon I’ll have spent most of my life living in cities. Fields and rivers have been replaced by parks, ponds and the tube but I don’t think I’ll ever fully adjust to city life, and that’s fine with me. That’s probably why I fill songs with samples of various friends and neighbours I grew up with, to remind myself of where I come from, who I’ve met and where I’ve been.”
Motivated by the self-imposed challenge of “making something that sounded bigger even though the space I had to record and mix them was much smaller than what I had previously,” the songs see Seamus use more electronics, bass and drum machines among other tools. Over a finger-picked acoustic guitar phrase and a gently warping electronic beat, the title track features such varied ornamentation as Seamus’s first ever attempt at playing saxophone on a record and the dying wheezy whirr of his old washing machine as it completes its farewell cycle. There are hints of Smog about ‘Holyhead’, a woozy sea shanty set to queasy piano and banjo charting strange encounters on the evocative ferry journey from Holyhead to Dublin. Lasting over ten minutes and taking up the entirety of the record’s B-side, ‘A Mile Beneath The Broken Heart of London Town’ is a kaleidoscopic reflection on “searching for somewhere to call home,” melding what began as three separate compositions into a single dreamy, beautiful, haunting whole.
Since the full release of God Damn You Mountain last year Seamus has been working on a variety of projects including a soundtrack for Islanders Rest, an animated short film by renowned director Claudius Gentinetta commissioned by Swiss TV, and an installation opera La Celestina, a collaboration with London based experimental opera company Erratica and renowned British composer Matt Rogers, commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
of the artists Seamus has played with over the years include John Martyn,American Music Club’s Mark Eitzel, Malcolm Middleton and Lisa O’Neil, while he has enjoyed multiple UK tours with pals, collaborators and fellow Lost Map membersJames Yorkston and The Pictish Trail. A self-organised European tour in 2013 began with an accidental booking for a house show in Vienna before ballooning into a three-week epic visiting every kind of venue from cafes to art spaces to churches and living rooms. Seamus has also performed at numerous festivals including a slot on the main stage at Green Man in Wales, the Cambridge Folk Festival and Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling! on the Isle of Eigg. Closer to home, he has performed with King Creosote & Jon Hopkins in Vicar St, The Electric Picnic, Castlepolooza and Kilkenny Arts festivals and recorded live sessions for Dave Fanning and RTE 1’s The Works.
MEDIA PRAISE FOR SEAMUS FOGARTY’S GOD DAMN YOU MOUNTAIN:
“STARTLINGLY GOOD” ★★★★★ – THE SKINNY
“IT’S SAD, IT’S LOVELY, AND IT EVOKES A WORLD I’LL PROBABLY NEVER LIVE IN, BUT ONE THAT FEELS FAMILIAR ALL THE SAME” – DROWNED IN SOUND
“AN EXCITING TALENT” ★★★★ – THE LIS
“THE GHOSTLY EMOTIONAL WALLOP WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY”
★★★★ – THE IRISH TIMES
“TAKES ALT-FOLK INTO AN ABSTRACT REALM” – THE HERALD
“DEEP LISTENING PSYCHEDELIC FOLK, A PEATY BREW” – THE QUIETUS
“SURREAL, GENTLY HUMOROUS” – CLASH