Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Windings/Vertigo Smyth split 7"
I've slept on this one too long. Out On a Limb Records recently released a split 7" featuring the talents of Windings (featuring former Giveamanakick frontman Steve Ryan) and Co. Clare's Vertigo Smyth. It's a limited edition 7" available to buy at a series of upcoming gigs.
The tracks contributed are Windings' 'Old Like J' and Smyth's 'The Armada Song', both sharing a mellow, folky vibe. 'Old Like J' I recognise as the song that's stood out above all others any time I've seen Windings live: it's a gentle, wistful number with a gorgeous, chiming guitar line and a nicely understated climax. "All I want is to grow old like J/From a teenage riot to a silvery grave" - referencing J Mascis and Sonic Youth? Nice touch. Fantastic tune. Vertigo Smyth's contribution is impressive too, a reflective, elegant folk tune with atmospheric strings and cooing backing vocals.
The songs are available to stream from Windings' Bandcamp and Smyth's Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/vertigosmyth
The release will be available (with download codes) at the upcoming Windings/Vertigo Smyth shows:
AUG 6 - Widow's Bar, Cavan
AUG 12 - Whelan's (upstairs)
AUG 19 - The Hub, Ennis
Windings will also be performing at Thursday night's Strange Brew Summer Shindig in the Roisin Dubh, Galway, part of a stonking line-up that includes The Cast of Cheers, Adebisi Shank, Jogging, Lost Chord, Blasterbra and Disconnect 4. That whole affair kicks off a bit after 7, tickets available from their website.
Windings' album will be released in October. From the OOAL website:
"The songs on the new album explode around your ears like a thousand packages of fizzy sherber’ dip back your throat, coaxing you with sweet lullabies, before thrashing you against the sound barrier, bringing you from pure cosy pop to dirty almost-metal in a delicious 10 track nosebag of sound."
Having seen them live, I don't doubt it.