Placemats and Second Cuts was one of the finer records released out of Ireland this year and it came from Cork’s Marlene Enright, who also is known for her work with The Hard Ground.
The album, premiered here, traded in classic songwriting, folk, indie, roots and Americana.
O Emperor’s Paul Savage filmed and edited this new video for the song ‘Bay Tree’ and it operates as |a surrealist offering that plays on the idea of life flashing before one’s eyes, looking at the afterlife as a waiting room, a place to watch back one’s life and examine what happened.”
“This song gradually came together over a few weeks in Spring 2016. It’s rare that I realise what exactly I’m writing about until I’m finished a song, I’ve removed myself from it and a few months down the line I look back on it. Hindsight can bring clarity to periods of time when your mind was foggy and you didn’t know your head from your elbow. This song was one that was written in the midst of much fog. It’s about indecision, confusion, self-doubt and feeling crippled by all three. The title is part of the bridge of the song “Love will crown no one from the Bay Tree, it will give you a fire to stoke in the cold / It will pull on your hand and cushion your soles”. Wreaths of Laurel or Bay were used in ancient Greece and Rome to crown a victor. Here I was just trying to get across the idea that one doesn’t always feel victorious in love or elated but rather, more importantly, willing to give and receive comfort and support”
“The idea for the video came while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room and flicking through old fashion magazines. I liked how fashion advertising often uses bold or unorthodox framing of the subjects in a composition to grab the viewers attention. I was also inspired by the painting “Figure in the window” by Salvador Dali which has a ‘frame within a frame’ composition and has the affect of making the viewer also part of the picture.”
Enright plays Live at St. Lukes, Cork – Double bill with Jack O’Rourke – Friday 15th December – Tickets €20 on sale from https://www.liveatstlukes.com
Returning for a second year in 2017, Cork multimedia collective Generic People resume their curatorial duties at Electric Picnic’s Hazel Wood stage for its After Dark programme, running throughout the weekend of the festival, September 1st-3rd.
Establishing itself as the festival’s spot for eclectic entertainment during the day, the Hazel Wood leads festival-goers away from the usual madness, with interactive theatre and performance art at the fore. At night, it becomes an audiovisual experience, augmented by incandescent visuals & lighting.
Following on from last year’s debut excursion, the stage features a wide and varied selection of Irish artists, with the lineup unveiled exclusively below.
Onstage throughout the weekend will be: trip-hop/electronic outfit Freezer Room with special guests; Choice Prize nominee Bantum, joined by visual artist Le Tissier for a live A/V set; veteran Irish crooner Jack L; Hard Ground singer-songwriter Marlene Enright; legendary Leeside record-slinger Jim ‘X’ Comet; world-travelled troubadour Tiz McNamara; former RTÉ 2FM Play the Picnic winners Tanjier; transatlantic soul sound heroes, The Niall McCabe Band; and singer-songwriter Máiréad, launching her comeback album at midnight on opening night.
Meanwhile, manning the wheels of mechanised steel: the living embodiment of low-budget excess, Humans Of The Sesh, as part of a theatrical presentation; Cork house collective Fleece; and stage curators Generic People. In addition to all of this, the stage will feature intimate fireside sessions with a selection of artists throughout the weekend.
A special preview of proceedings, alongside the official audiovisual lineup announcement, is available in the video above. For more info on Generic People, click here.
Marlene Enright is a Cork singer and songwriter who, when not playing with The Hard Ground, has established her own place in Irish music over a series of singles that have traded in classic songwriting, folk, indie, roots and Americana.
Enright’s solo album Placemats And Second Cuts is a rich release that combines all of the above into a cohesive whole. Harmonies, organ-lines, spacious arrangements, rolling rhythms and Enright’s voice which carries a magnetic swirl and focus to it.
Previous singles ‘Alchemy’, ‘123’, ‘When The Water Is Hot’ and ‘Underbelly’ fit snugly alongside new songs like the warm-toned ‘Bay Tree’, the gentle ‘Sadness’ and the atmospheric ‘Home’.
“Hindsight has made me realise that it’s a much more self-reflective album than I initially realised. It speaks of self-doubt, dancing the fine line between feeling comfortable in your own skin and feeling totally lost at sea, indecisiveness, the battle between strength and weakness, passion and apathy, belonging and isolation and self-acceptance.”
The White Horse, Ballincollig – Friday 24th March – €12 The Mariner, Bantry – Saturday 25th March – €10 The Spirit Store, Dundalk – Wednesday 5th April Whelans, Dublin – Thursday 6th April – €12 Dolans, Limerick – Friday 7th April – €10 Coughlan’s, Cork – Thursday 13th April -€12 St. John’s Theatre, Listowel – Friday 28th April – €12/€15
One of Ireland’s most promising musicians, Cork lady Marlene Enright has released a fine series of singles in the last year and a bit.
Enright will release her debut album Placemats and Second Cuts on March 24th this year.
Like previous singles ‘Alchemy’, ‘Underbelly’ and ‘When The Water Is Hot’, ‘123’ draws from indie, folk and roots music influences and Enright’s bright vocals to create a memorable classic pop tune.
“I was thinking that my destiny // Would fall from the clouds right at my feet // I’d pick enough from the apple tree // And I’d go on the count of 123”
‘123’ is out on February 3rd.
Marlene Enright Live Dates
Levis Corner House, Ballydehob – Friday 3rd March The White Horse, Ballincollig – Friday 24th March The Mariner, Bantry – Saturday 25th March The Spirit Store, Dundalk – Wednesday 5th April Whelans, Dublin – Thursday 6th April Dolans, Limerick – Friday 7th April
November 19 – supporting John Blek in John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, Kilkenny November 25 – supporting John Blek in Coughlan’s Bar, Cork November 26 – supporting John Blek in Phil Grimes, Waterford December 2 – Other Voices Music Trail, Dingle December 3 – Other Voices Music Trail, Dingle (afternoon) December 3 – supporting John Blek in Whelan’s, Dublin December 16 – supporting Declan O’Rourke, Kilkee
When not playing music with Cork band The Hard Ground, Marlene Enright has recently been delving into solo material. For her second single, the singer moves on from the rootsy threatening vibe of ‘When The Water Is Hot’ (below) to more direct communication.
‘Underbelly’ leads with Enright’s bright voice and grows with harmonic sweetness, as she strives to find out exactly what has happened around her.
The single is released tomorrow and it will feature on a debut album coming in January 2017.