Wild Alee by Talos was one of the best Irish albums of the year, and their show in Róisín Dubh on Thursday, December 28, is a real gem in the Christmas listings.
Eoin French is the band’s front-man and songwriter, and the Cork native is blessed with a startling falsetto. He recorded Talos’s debut album in Ballydehob in West Cork, working alongside producer Ross Dowling. It’s a record that brings the work of Icelandic band Sigur Ros to mind.
Although all the music starts with Eoin, a Talos live show often involves five other musicians creating music that soars and swoops.
“For 90% of the time, writing and producing is very solitary thing, but with a very inclusive end,” Eoin says. “It ends in the idea of all of us playing music. I never thought about music like that, about it reaching a conclusion that involves other people than myself – which is a nice thing!”
Wild Alee is an album in the true sense of the word – the whole thing works as a piece, and is worth seeking out.
“The two lads that were involved from the start, we kind of went back and forward with how it was going to run. It took weeks – it was painful, to be honest,” Eoin says.
The result is far from that – this is truly joyful music. Round off 2017 in style, and see this band.
Doors 8pm, tickets €12.50/€10.