Thursday, November 25, 2010

Milan Jay - To The Sea And Swim

So, the country is completely fucked and we have no future. Nice. But for the meantime, the Irish music scene keeps giving us reasons to look on the bright side. Milan Jay is a musician based in Galway. He's previously released the well-received Mellow Funk album (which is still available to download for free from Bandcamp -, and followed that up with the 'We Believe/Sono' single.

There's being some impressive progression in his sound along the way, and new EP To The Sea And Swim, launched this Saturday (Nov 27) is pretty stunning and varied. Listen for yourself: the 4-track EP is streaming from Soundcloud. It starts with the striking, echoing drums of 'With The River Flow', which unfurls over its 8-minute running time with echoes of The Beta Band. The title track and 'Jupiter Falls' have a shimmering, swelling electronic vibe, with strings and piano lending them a pastoral, organic touch. 'We Believe' is also included here, it's more dance-oriented tempo emphasising Jay's range.

To the Sea and Swim - EP by Milan Jay

From Saturday the album will be available to download from Bandcamp for the price of 2 euro. He'll be launching the EP the same night in Richardson's in Galway with support from Declan Q Kelly, and copies of the EP will be available there, as well as in record stores around the country, for 4 euro. The gig is 3 euro in at the door, or free with a flyer. A Dublin show is on the cards as well: Milan Jay will play the Shebeen Chic on 9th December.

The further good news is that Jay has another two EP's lined up for release in 2011, with this merely being the first in the trilogy.

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