Don't miss: Sophie Coyle
REGULAR readers will know I'm a big fan of Dundalk musical maverick Jinx Lennon. The man himself recently got in touch with news of the new release by his partner, Sophie Coyle, another talented Dundalk-based singer-songwriter whose output couldn't be further from Jinx's own pleasingly gruff speak-sung outpourings.
Her debut album Blame Me For The Storm – released today via Sophiecoyle.bandcamp.com and iTunes – is a fine collection of original gothic folk songs packed with haunting melodies and evocative lyrics, all benefitting from Coyle's distinctive, easy-on-the-ear vocals.
Highlights include the woozy Delerium's woodland tale of love and unavoidable death, the dreamily hypnotic Mayfly, heartbroken murder ballad The Burning Gorse and Jonah and The Whale's jaunty, groovy tale of knitting, seafaring and inescapable destiny on which Jinx provides a superbly sonorous vocal counterpoint in the manner of a reluctant, borderland Leonard Cohen.
You will be able to hear these songs and more performed live in Belfast tomorrow night by Sophie and her band at The Sunflower, where she'll also be happy to furnish you with a physical copy of her lovingly presented debut LP, which comes in a nice cardboard gatefold complete with illustrated lyric sheet.
Hopefully, Blame Me For The Storm is the first of many more albums to come from this promising Irish musical talent.