The Waterford/Dublin based alt-folk In The Willows have treated us with their new EP “Fallen Bird”. Released April 7th they have given us a week of free streaming.
The four track EP opens with the stunning first single “Tempting Me” which sees In The Willows doing what they do best; atmospheric folk while the vocals from Daithi Glas and Tara Heffernan take us on a journey of love and loss. The track is uplifting, a real earworm and demonstrates some of the bands strongest elements. Title track “Fallen Bird” takes influence from traditional songwriting but with the touch that is unmistakably In The Willows, that fiddle, the instrumentation and arrangement, it is distinctive. “Wait on the Water” sees the band take a step back, it reminds me of “Time of Year” from their debut EP, but you can hear it is a progression from what we have heard before. The songwriting and vocals are strong and confident and as always In The Willows are never afraid to embrace new production elements and this is evident here. “Outro” is a much softer song and the perfect way to ease us out of the magical world In The Willows have lured us into.
In The Willows went back into the studio in October to record “Fallen Bird” and early in 2016 featured in Whelan’s “One’s To Watch 2016”. “Fallen Bird” was recorded in Attica Studios under the watchful eye of Ian McNulty (Villagers, The Ambience Affair, The Young Folk). The artwork for the album was created by Oscar nominated illustrator Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea). The video for “Tempting Me” was Filmed and edited by Colin Shanahan and directed by Charlo Johnson.
You can buy “Fallen Bird” on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/fallen-bird-ep/id1085438134?i=1085438137
In The Willows have a series of Irish dates including the official launch of “Fallen Bird”.
April 26th – Smock Alley, Dublin w/ Fields
May 1st – Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, EP launch
May 19th – The Sky and Ground, Wexford supporting Bairbre Anne