Making a welcome return to the Róisín Dubh, the intriguing Talos come to Galway on Thursday next, April 27. Helmed by Corkonian Eoin French, this gig is part of a nationwide tour to mark the release of Talos’s debut, Wild Alee.
It’s a title that rolls off the tongue, but what does it mean?
“An ‘alee’ is the side of a ship that’s sheltered from the wind,” Eoin says. “Then the whole idea behind Wild Alee was I wanted a title that spoke into the idea of a haven, or a place where you find solace but that’s also testing or in tumult. Like a space that’s serene, but also a very challenging thing.”
That’s a fairly weighty subject for a debut record, is it not?
“Fair point!” he laughs. “I suppose on a debut album, you probably make three before you get to it. You probably throw away two albums of work. [Making the album] was a very testing thing, but I got a lot from it over a long period of time. It was very wholesome but also heartbreaking at times.”
Although Talos is a project with its own sound, it may well appeal to fans of artists like James Vincent McMorrow and Sigur Ros. Wild Alee is a record that grows with every listen. Where was it recorded?
“We recorded down in West Cork, in Ballydehob,” Eoin says. “I moved down there with the guy I produced it with, Ross Dowling. We started at the end of October and finished up the second week in December. So, six or seven weeks maybe. A lot of the lads in the band live down there, so it wasn’t too bad. We weren’t getting cabin fever, so that was alright!”
Is Talos a solo project or a collaborative one?
“It’s a solo project in how it’s recorded, but now with the new live set-up it probably brings it somewhere else,” Eoin says. “I began with the idea that I didn’t want to call it something like ‘Eoin French & The Pop Up Crew’. The name Talos came at the start, but it was still a solo thing. Then it developed into something else, with the live show sometimes being a six piece.”
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