The Tilt of the Earth is an album full of worlds colliding and merging, where night makes way for day and the local reveals the universal.
Indeed, the album is also a meshing of a musical kind; of the folk storytelling tradition McCormack has been steeped in since he began writing songs with sounds and textures from the realms of Krautrock, Art rock and minimalism, conjured up with co-producer and collaborator Stephen Shannon and some fine musicians: John Hegarty (keyboards and guitar), Michael Murphy (bass), Gary Fitzpatrick (accordion, banjo and backing vox), Joss Moorkens (drums), Mary Barnecutt (cello) and Bill Blackmore (trumpet).
About two weeks back, as part of the advance promo of the album, Barry was booked to play Cleere’s Theatre in Kilkenny, so I caught up with him ahead of the gig for a chat about the album. Don’t have the SoundCloud app and you’re browsing on mobile? Tap ‘Listen in browser’ below.
With an acoustic tune in the mix, get his own take on the recording process, his development over the past five albums, the storytelling nature of The Tilt Of The Earth and a good auld natter in the mix.
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Pick up a copy of The Tilt Of The Earth in good record shops, at upcoming gigs (check out Colin’s Place in Kinsale on 18 November) and online at BarryMcCormack.net.