Release Date – 26/03/2021
Cathal Coughlan is the co-founder and singer of acclaimed 80s/90s pop-rock
groups Microdisney and Fatima Mansions, and widely considered to be one
of Ireland’s most revered singer/songwriters, beloved by fans of caustic
literate music in the vein of Wilco, Robert Forster and Mark Eitzel. He’s
released four acclaimed solo albums and this will be his first new music in
10 years. Features and reviews are already set for Mojo and The Wire and
expect plentiful support from BBC6 Music.
Enclosed in a stunning sleeve by award-winning Bruce Brand (The Darkness
and White Stripes) with an eye-catching portrait by outsider artist Cristabel
Christo. The new record not only has his usual backing musicians, The
Necropolitan String Quartet, but also Luke Haines (Auteurs/Black Box
Recorder), Sean O’Hagan (Microdisney/High Llamas), Rhodri Marsden (Scritti
Politti) , Aindrías Ó Gruama (Fatima Mansions), Cory Gray (The Delines) and
Dublin singer-songwriter Eileen Gogan..
Loosely conceptual, and based around the persona of Co-Aklan, the LP is
melodic and inventive. Twelve fabulous new songs showcasing Cathal’s
signature caustic wit and smoky baritone, which has earned him comparisons
to Scott Walker; three singles taken from the album will have promotional
videos from Marry Waterson and Andy Golding of the Wolfhounds.
“Coughlan’s intelligence and passion are a rebuke to a vapid music industry,
his chronicles of disaffection and disgust an inspiration.”
– David Peschek, The Guardian