Ciaran Lavery Announces ‘A King At Night’ EP

March 23, 2017

Kathrin Baumbach

Ciaran Lavery Announces ‘A King At Night’ EP

Fresh from releasing his excellent ‘Live At The Mac’ album in December of last year, 2016 Northern Ireland Music Prize winner Ciaran Lavery is back with ‘A King At Night’, set for release on the 22nd of April. A collection of Bonnie Prince Billy numbers, the five track EP will be released as a special Record Store Day offering.

Will Oldham is an artist that has long fascinated Lavery and this release acts as ‘a fitting nod of appreciation’ to the legendary songwriter. Given the depth of Oldham’s back catalogue as Bonnie Prince Billy, Ciaran had a wealth of extraordinary tracks to choose from, leading him to plump for ones ‘that sat well within the realms of the world we created in the studio’. ‘New Partner’, the lead track from the EP, is a beautifully delicate rumination on new – found love, while ‘Horses’ features exquisite strings and brass. ‘Bad Man’ is a punchy, brooding number, its sharp electric guitar part adding a menacing undertone. ‘Beast For Thee is entirely subtle yet incredibly powerful and perhaps the EP’s most sensitive moment, while closer ‘Miss Me When I Burn’ needs only simple piano, coupled with Ciaran’s sensitive, aching, vocal performance to carry the weight of such an emotional track.

In 2014, Lavery’s Kosher EP and Not Nearly Dark album achieved global acclaim and recognition when the tracks Shame and Left For America racked up more than 29 Million listens on Spotify, on which he now has upwards of 60 Million plays. Ciaran won last year’s Northern Ireland Music Prize for his second full – length album ‘Let Bad In’, the second time he has been up for the award. In 2015 he won the Big Break, a search for Ireland’s hottest talent, set up by Hot Press magazine. A profoundly beautiful tribute to the work of Bonnie Prince Billy, Ciaran Lavery’s ‘A King At Night’ is released through Believe Recordings on the 22nd of April.

To me personally, Will Oldham defines the modern day artist in that he is always evolving and creating. He never hangs around long enough in one space to become predictable and he lives through his musicCiaran Lavery


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