In the midst of a raging storm, my friend and musician Stephen Mogerley and I had the privilege of venturing to the secluded studio of ambient maestro Simon O'Reilly, near the remote seaside village of Doolin in the West of Ireland. It was a journey of great mystery and anticipation as we braved the tempestuous weather to arrive at his doorstep.
Settled into Simon's incredibly cozy studio, dimly lit by lamps and flickering candles, we looked out into the barren and windswept landscape of the Burren, feeling as though we had stepped into another realm. Our instruments, synths, and a modular Eurorack, were ready to accompany the masterful Simon, who introduced his Guitar, ambient effects board and Pedal Steel to the equation.
We played together with fervor, creating ethereal soundscapes that were inspired by the chaotic elements outside. The wind, the rain lashing against the window panes, and the thundering roar of the ocean spurred us on. Although we were completely improvising, we listened to each other intently, sensitive to who was playing what and in which frequency, as though sailing a ship together. There were delightful breaks in between creating songs, for chats, beers or a smoke.
Having each mastered our particular set of instruments and effects, the fluency and effortlessness of our collaboration is evident in the finished album. We never felt the need to rewind and revise what we had created, as each song came to life in the moment of "finding out." Upon reflection, the mood we created together is texturally rich with a sensation of exploration and discovery. There is an allure that exists within its layers, mirroring the beauty of the Burren landscape that surrounded us. The vast expanses of rugged terrain, dotted with minutia like small fissures of lush greenery and verdant wildflower tapestries, conceal a hidden symphony of hues that is never the same on a recurrent journey. It's always familiar, yet so abundant with character shaped by elemental forces as to never be repetitive.
released May 10, 2023
Written and performed Myles O'Reilly, Simon O'Reilly and Stephen Mogerley. Recorded by Simon O'Reilly. Masterred by Seán Mac Erlaine.