Abi Bliss reviews A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland in the latest edition of The Wire.
“Tóirse Ó Ríordáin’s work is typical: the carefree harmonia and lolloping pace of 2014’s ‘Atop D’Seefin’ evokes Plaid’s knack for appealing whimsy…”
“Paul Morrin’s aptly titled ‘Compass’ and ‘Wandering Compass’ bookend the album with Fripp-tinged guitar harmonics that crackle like gravel gently crunched under rolling, unhurried piano.”
“‘Timothy Cream’s Crown Of Wines’, with Vincent Doherty, an 11 minute dream-waltz that brushes listeners’ face with feathery mellotron, flute and owl hoots…”
“…worthwhile archive-trawling comes from the prolific composer Roger Doyle, whose 1981 ‘Eighties Rampwalk’ for organ and celeste is akin to glimpsing a languid Cluster & Eno outtake…”
A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland is currently bundled with Heresy Records’ first compilation of Irish electro-acoustic music On The Nature Of Electricity & Acoustics which was released in 2013 and curated by composer Daniel Figgis.