Boomkat Product Review:
An honorary member of the Fife-based Fence collective, of which James Yorkston and King Creosote are principal members, Irish songwriter Adrian Crowley releases his fifth album after ten years of recording. Crowley's previous effort, The Long Distance Swimmer was nominated for 2007's Irish Choice Music Prize, and hopefully with this Chemikal Underground release of his latest, he'll find even wider acclaim. Crowley's songwriting eschews conventional formats and the usual folksy line of best fit. Instead, the arrangements on Season Of Sparks call upon mellotrons, effects-spun soundscapes and frantic, amorphous strings while Crowley's steady intonation evokes an unlikely hybrid of Leonard Cohen and Adam Green. Songs like the wonderful 'Beekeeper's Wife' and 'The Three Sisters' thrive on a plainly-put emotive quality that's beautifully transmitted by that vocal and the soupy, miasmic instrumentation that envelops it. 'Liberty Stream' is especially majestic, taking on a less intimate quality and in so doing, sounding like a cross between Stereolab and Hood with its swirl of strings, chimes and brooding, stumbling drums. Adrian Crowley will be a new name to many, but Season Of Sparks serves as a fabulous introduction.