The Moon Loses Its Memory by Cormac O Caoimh (Album)

24 November, 2014 in Music Reviews

Cormac O Caoimh

Cormac O Caoimh

Irish singer-songwriter Cormac O Caoimh has returned with his third solo album which heralds a return to his poppier roots

Cormac O Caoimh 'The Moon Loses Its Memory' album covereleased in Ireland earlier this year, The Moon Loses Its Memory is the third solo album from singer-songwriter Cormac O Caoimh. The classical guitarist from Cork, and former member of The Citadels, has teamed up with photographer William Crowley who has chosen a photo for the accompanying booklet to reflect each of the 14 tracks.

It is apparent early on that O Caoimh has made a conscious decision to move away from the pared-back folk of his last record, A New Season For Love and returned to the poppier sound of his old band. No longer left alone with his classical guitar, Cormac has surrounded himself with other musicians and backing singers to give The Moon Loses Its Memory a much fuller production which largely compliment his introspective lyrics and gentle, almost spoken, singing style.

The lyrics are oblique in parts, direct in others, yet always hinting at love painfully lost and the encroachment of time, they flicker between defiance and self-flagellation. On the haunting Thirst & Water he sings “I’m wearing the coat/ the one you said didn’t suit me/ I put on weight, stood up straight/ to try to make it fit correctly” and on Silver As Mercury “there’s poison in my pores/ cancer at my core/ A sickness I adore/ Give me more”.

However, there are times when O Caoimh’s vocal style detracts from the music – the airy guitar and backing vocal of Morning are slightly let down by his monotone delivery. Yet, on album closer Similes & Metaphors, this same conversational approach to his singing adds to the song’s breezy charm. Overall the album is a success and a well-judged return to a fuller sound for O Caoimh.

Verdict: An effortlessly charming album.

Duncan Haskell

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