The Rest, the latest album from Sligo artist Pearse McGloughlin is out October 14th on CD, Vinyl and Digital and can be pre-ordered now from https://pearsemcgloughlin.bandcamp.com/album/the-rest-2. Pearse has been a regular at Sligo Live, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival and the Hawk’s Well Theatre in recent years.
Following 2016’s quietly introspective The Soft Animal, The Rest reveals new songs of remembrance and stories of hope. Meditative instrumentals, pocketed with electronics accompany bilingual exhalations that evoke old traditions and places. Life is hard, yes. And the way forward, for now at least, is unclear. But we have perhaps been here before…
As the title suggests, The Rest nods to stepping back from the ever-present and the always-on to reflect on what really matters in life – while we still have the chance. In Garbhóg this reflection leads us to natural beauty. In Focus (play-listed by RTÉ Radio One) it is to the small pleasures of summertime with loved-ones – a sun-tinged hopefulness for the good times to return.
Press Reviews for 2016 The Soft Animal
‘The time has come for Pearse McGloughlin’s ever-evolving cosmic groove merchants. Their recent album The Soft Animal is our favourite Irish record of the year – do yourself a favour and get it immediately’…. RTE Culture
‘It has almost magical powers in the way that it pulls you in, creating something that’s utterly captivating and just so damn beautiful’… Record of The Day
‘subtle elements of the fantastical’ – The Irish Times
‘flits between folk, ambient, orchestral and singer-songwriter styles, underscoring
an inquisitiveness and search for something greater within’… Nialler9
‘Release of The Week’ ….. The Irish Times Culture