Boomkat Product Review:
We detect a star is borne with Maria Somerville’s outstanding debut album of dream-pop, drawing from traditional Irish folk themes and ambient electronics, and part recorded in the Gaeltacht - a Gaelic speaking area - and islands on the Irish Atlantic coast. RIYL Julia Holter, Mazzy Star, Zoë McPherson, Beth Orton!
“Building from a reputation of enthralling live shows, All My People is Maria Somerville’s self released debut. The music is a collection of works recorded across Dublin, Cornamona and Inis Óirr - a tiny island sitting off Ireland’s west coast.
Somerville draws on conventional folk forms alongside post-punk, traditional Irish motifs, starry eyed pop and hypnotic drones to create wholly original music that is a product of its environment. Somerville channels the wilderness of the Irish landscape through dense, ethereal soundscapes and bare boned percussion interspersed with ghostly vocals that are ever present and all encompassing, like crystalline glints of sunshine peeking through dark stormy clouds.
The duality of darkness and light is at play throughout the releases seven tracks - comfort is found in heartbreak, solace in despair and quixotic wonderment in the infinite melancholia. Somerville lays her heart bear and invites you into it with tales of doomed romance, bittersweet love stories and longings of ‘home’, in both the physical and metaphysical sense. All My People is a luscious entry into the world of Maria Somerville.”