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Robert John Ardiff waxes lyrical about fish fingers in superb new single ‘Quarantine’ (premiere)

Robert John Ardiff waxes lyrical about fish fingers in superb new single ‘Quarantine’ (premiere)

Luke Sharkey

Today we’re premiering Robert John Ardiff’s excellent new fish finger inspired single ‘Quarantine’ on the site.

The sudden oncoming of a national lockdown has affected Irish artists in a myriad of ways.

There are some immediate and obvious things like scheduled gigs. However, the lockdown meant that Come On Live Long member Robert John Ardiff was unable to use some booked studio time to finish his forthcoming second solo album.

Instead, Ardiff used the time to write new material. He then set himself up with a low-key home studio and recorded a whole brand new EP with the help of longtime collaborators Neil Murray and Gareth Quinn Redmond (who contributed bass, harmonica and violin to this track). Mixing was done remotely by Ken McCabe.

‘Quarantine’ is the first track from A Whistle in The Dark to hear public release, the whole project is set to come out on May 8th.

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The track is a languid bit of Americana-tinged folk. It seems to revel in the beauty of the quiet moments we and our collective lockdown comparitos have undergone together over the past couple of months.

The violin is such a nice touch, it sounds as the tracks centre piece – informing the emotional outlook of the melody.

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