A Slender Song, the second solo album from Seán Mac Erlaine, is a compilation of choice live improvised recordings at gigs in Ireland over four years.
Across ten tracks, Mac Erlaine moves in a slow fashion, building gasping melodies, droning lines, threadbare ambient electronics and flushes of majestic horn passages puncturing the silence (Mac Erlaine plays alto/ soprano saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet).
The journey undertaken to record these tracks are hinted at in titles: ‘Dingle’, ‘Onstage Swoon’ and ‘Nun’s Island’ in Galway for three.
A Slender Song is the result of those journeys. It’s an exercise in restraint yet has has imaginative limits. It creates a space that has knowledge of modern jazz, improvisation techniques, electronica and folk but bows to none.
Artwork by Craig Carry.