Enda Reilly | Oxygen 21

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Oxygen 21

by Enda Reilly

Now heres a folk album with a real twist in its tail... the end result sounds something like john martyn or tim buckley on some very strong halucinogenics.... plenty of classic irish folk influences ala christy moore maybe mixed with a bit of syd Barrett
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oxygen 21
3:01 $0.99
2. Strangers On a Train
2:57 $0.99
3. Hidin' Away
3:12 $0.99
4. I'm Doin' Fine Just the Way I Am
3:17 $0.99
5. Hear the Cries
1:52 $0.99
6. Nut in the Hut
3:16 $0.99
7. I'm Not Crazy
3:48 $0.99
8. The Open Highway
2:12 $0.99
9. Yesterday How I Cried
2:58 $0.99
10. Chance 3
2:33 $0.99
11. Why Can't We Live in Peace?
3:07 $0.99
12. Henry (Live in Bewley's '07)
3:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Oxygen 21 from Enda Reilly - different, absorbing songs that demand attention

New is easy – different is hard. With his debut album 'Oxygen 21' Enda Reilly has managed to achieve new and different. He has created an original and eccentric voyage into folk-pop-country influenced music. If you join in you'll find intriguingly arranged songs with stunningly original lyrics. Enda makes idiosyncratic and emotive observations on life, love, the world, the greenhouse effect – including generating power from people pedalling in gyms – now there's a thought. These interpretations reflect the world around us, sadness of lost love, dark human emotions and unpredictable humour.

The title track 'Oxygen 21' is one of the most inventive eco-songs I've heard in a while. Its origin is the 21% oxygen that makes up the air we breathe and the need to protect the trees that produce it. Not simply an 'eco-rant', this intelligent song is full of surprising musical twists and unexpected turns. 'Strangers on a Train' is a dark observation into the dangers of a casual meeting (to understand see the Hitchcock film or read the Patricia Highsmith novel). It's also a trip into Enda's song writing talent with a genial rolling country-inspired tune that belies its scary content. 'Hidin' Away' is beautiful, with a style that reminds me of a W.B. Yeats' poem set to music - familiar ground for Enda from his days with The Mongrels.

Among the other tracks are 'I'm Doin' Fine Just the Way I Am' - you do what you want to do and respect other people for what they want. 'Hear the Cries' and 'Nut in the Hut' are clearly one song separated at birth (reminded me of Country Joe and the Fish) and almost psychedelic in arrangement. Possibly they're stream of consciousness thinking or perhaps unedited, raw folk-rap if there is such a style – whatever they're good.

'I'm Not Crazy' – starts with faint foreboding and sense of gathering fear, and then gains a hard edge of brooding menace - seemingly written after the impact of Hurricane Caitriona – so no wonder. 'Yesterday How I Cried' and 'Chance 3' are introspective, gentle love songs about realising love's transience. 'Why Can't We Live in Peace?' is Enda's plea for deeper understanding of one another. The album closes with a live version of 'Henry' that tells the sad tale of the eponymous hero's life. More great lyrics: "She loved like a river in flood, he was left to wallow in the mud." Brilliant!

Joined by Dave Griffin (keyboard on 'Nut in the Hut') and Peter Keogh (bass and co-writer of 'Chance 3') Enda handles everything else on the album, from writing, to playing and singing, to producing and mastering. This album demands time to get below the surface and appreciate its different, absorbing songs, there's effort involved but make it - this album is worth the investment.

Tim Carroll


Enda Reilly Bio

Dublin singer-songwriter Enda Reilly writes in both English and Irish, and his Irish songs can be heard regularly on RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta and RTÉ 1. In 2012 Enda has had appearances on TG4 and BBC2 NI. He has represented Ireland in Inverness at Nós Úr a minority language song competition and his song Dónal Ná Fág sung by Aoife Scott represented Ireland in Liet 2012 in Italy. He also reaches out to younger generations through his Climate Change Songs Workshops initiative, bringing fun songs and environmental issues into schools and other groups, through Irish and English. In 2011 the poet Stephen James Smith and Enda released Arise and Go!, a collection of poetry and original works performed in a unique way blending spoken word and song. 2010 saw Enda facilitating workshops with The Monaghan Song and Poetry Writers Group, culminating in production of their album “Hands Together”. He also plays regularly in Dublin with the fun-loving collective known as The Lazy Band in Dublin. His next project after Arise and Go will be all in the Irish language, which he’s currently writing and recording for.



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