For his second collection of music, named The Et Cetera Project, there is an EP of music and photography exhibition “inspired by the salutary tale of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island.”
Except it hits closer to home. The Et Cetera Project traces that island society’s collapse and the crumbling of its culture and the construction of monuments that only remind us of what was lost. It finds parallel in Ireland’s power stations: “standing stubborn, seafacing and completely depleting a finite natural resource,” as Mahon explains.
The project name references these things we discard, including our culture, our people and our resources.
Musically, Mahon has gathered some fine talents with resources of their own to share: Come On Live Long’s Louise Gaffney, i am niamh, violinist Rachael Boyd, spoken word from Martin Bridgeman, Owenie and Jeremy Hickey of R.S.A.G. It was mixed by Conan Wynne of Contour.
Have a listen to the opening track, ‘Floating Statues’, featuring i am niamh on vocals and a guitar and glockenspiel backing that’s much more deceptively gentle than the theme in question.
The full EP is out on December 11th online and that evening, Geppetto and Le Cool Dublin host the Et Cetera Photography Exhibition and Book Launch in Factory Ink, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.