“Rain Songs” is the second EP from Brian Casey. Recorded and mastered within a few days of September and released November 20th of 2014 it follows Brian’s do-it-yourself approach to music making. It’s a dreamier wintery selection of songs exploring hope and despair, perfect for this time of year. This mission statement is set out in the opening track ‘Believe’. “Could you believe// Tomorrow’s just a dream//We‘re all just hanging on”.
Since the release of the EP Brian has been busy. First going out on a solo tour, then playing for MTV Crashes in Cork, and just this week appearing on Whelan’s Ones to Watch 2015. “Rain Songs” and its predecessor “Plain Sailing” are preparation for the release of Brian’s debut album this year.
With a list of influences that include Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Alabama Shakes, Laura Marlin, Damien Rice, Tune Yards and Cathy Davey makes for an eclectic songwriting sensibility. This can clearly be heard on “Rain Songs”. ‘Believe’ features country influences on guitar for the bridge, ‘Times River’ holds true to the acoustic singer/songwriter mode, ‘Funeral’ belying it’s title is optimistic in its message combines the singer/songwriter mode, country steel pedal and an indie/folk chorus. ‘Oighir’ is the darkest track on the album and the most experimental in its structure and sound. ‘So Tomorrow’ is a response to ‘Believe’ with a definite line of Beatles musicality to it.
Brain Casey and “Rain Songs” has a strong sense of the singer/songwriter about them (evident from the list of influences) but what makes this interesting and the debut more appealing is Brian’s idea of creating music. He is hands on from the writing, the musicianship and the engineering leaving us with something that is quite literally a piece of himself.
Brian Casey is playing The Medicine Session in Lismore January 16th
Listen to ‘Times River’ from the EP here: