The Line is the pseudonym of Meltybrains? musician, sound artist and sound lad Brian Dillon.
Dilllon has just announced a new album Red Blood Cells and Righteousness from The Line that brings in a coterie of who’s who in the Irish music scene including Loah, Sorcha Richardson, Dan Fox (Gilla Band), Sarah Corcoran (Pillow Queens), Caoi de Barra (Wyvern Lingo), Lullahush, Eoin French (Talos) and Meltybrains? members Micheal Quinn and Ben Bix.
The first single ‘Patience Of Saints’ features MuRli & God Knows and is out today, ahead of the album, due out Wednesday November 1st on Strange Brew Records.
The track was written by Brian, God Knows and MuRli in MuRli’s home studio in Limerick, after the three men had a long discussion about belief, being true to one’s self, and the pandemic..
Speaking about the album, Brian says “This is an album built on personal relationships and communication, dedicated to playing a small but significant role as a part of a world so much bigger than any of us are willing to admit. After all, maybe we’re all just blood cells, swimming through the veins of the earth, serving a much higher function.”
A small Irish tour will launch the record, including a show in Dublin’s Unitarian Church on November 25th, which will feature performances from a number of the collaborators on the album. Live date details coming soon.
Red Blood Cells and Righteousness tracklist
- Nothing W/ Lullahush
- Communion W/Loah & Fehdah
- Earth Died Streaming W/Feel Bad Music Club
- Hero of Coincidence W/Sarah Corcoran
- I Know This Is Water W/Eamonn Dillon
- Everything We Know in An Instant W/ Lullahush
- Patience of Saints W/Godknows and Murli
- The World Told No Lies W/Dan Fox and Nevv
- Fruit Peel Path W/Caoi de Barra
- A Trail, Thin but Beautiful W/Lullahush
- Collar Bone W/Sorcha Richardson
- Light Work W/Ben Bix and Micheál Quinn
- A Crack Becomes a Crevice, A Foothold Becomes A Foundation W/ Eoin French
About Brian / The Line.
The Line is the pseudonym of Brian Dillon, musician, sound artist, and Irishman. Brian is originally from a small town in rural Ireland, and he has never quite been able to escape the lines of identity that separate his life from the lives of others.
Brian is a member of Meltybrains? and has worked with a range of Irish artists over the last 10 years, including Talos, Loah, Brídín, and Lilla Vargen among others. He has performed at many international festivals such as SXSW and Iceland Airwaves, and his music has previously been featured in Q Magazine, Boiler Room, and Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.
In recent years he has gleaned a great deal of experience from collaborating with a range of musicians, as well as artists from a number of disparate disciplines, including JFDR, Anna B Savage, Emma Martin (choreographer), Ellius Grace (director), Emmet Kirwan (actor/writer), Mark McGuinness (photographer) and Kate Dunne (aerialist).
The wealth of collaborative experience has led to the basis for his new project. Red Blood Cells and Righteousness is a communally created record, built on the creative endeavours of Brian and a number of friends from within the Irish music world.
The 13 track collaborative LP focuses on the importance of community and communal values. The intention of the record was for the creative process to reflect the themes and content. As a result each song was a collaboration between Brian and some of his favourite Irish musicians, friends and most erstwhile collaborators. This includes Godknows, Loah, Sorcha Richardson, Dan Fox (Gilla Band), Sarah Corcoran (Pillow Queens), Caoi de Barra (Wyvern Lingo), and a range of others.
The sonic landscape of the album is varied, as each track came from a collaborative writing session. As a result, there are a multitude of reference points and influences. The influence of dream-pop acts such Beach House and Cocteau Twins, as well as noisier acts like My Bloody Valentine and Skunk Anansie is felt throughout. The songwriting continually pays homage to greats of contemporary alternative songwriting, including the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Frank Ocean, Phoebe Bridgers, Villagers, and Big Thief.