Niall Connolly | Super Cool Fantastic

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Super Cool Fantastic

by Niall Connolly

Nine dark folk songs for anyone with a love of life. Hand packed in extremely limited edition screen printed cases.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. She Makes Me Want To Be Clean (pretty and slow)
4:51 $0.99
2. Places I promised I'd Go
3:15 $0.99
3. Johnny Cash
3:44 $0.99
4. Your Idiot Friend vs 200 Years of Darwin
3:57 $0.99
5. New Year's Resolution
3:17 $0.99
6. The First One That I Call
2:28 $0.99
7. Insects
2:07 $0.99
8. Ctrl Alt Delete
5:22 $0.99
9. All My Trials
3:10 $0.99
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Album Notes

My friend Warren Malone gave me an early birthday present of a day's recording at his friend Brandon Wilde's studio. One blustery winter's day at the end of the year, I took the Coney Island bound F train to Brighton Beach. I sat down. I played guitar and sang. Brandon moved the mics around a bit, pressed record and said several encouraging things. When the day was over we had way too many songs. I put the recordings in the back of my mind. I rang in the new year. I shoveled some snow. I took a lot of trains. I played a lot of gigs. A month or so later, I called up my friend Ryan Langlois. He and Warren came out and graciously sprinkled some of their talents on the original recordings. I put the songs in a box and left them to ferment for the rest of the winter. A couple of more months passed. I called back out to Brandon and I picked a selection of my favourites. Finally, for good measure, a sense of continuity, customer value or just to be odd, myself and Warren recorded a new slower version of 'She Makes Me Want To Be Clean' at his house. And then, I had an album.

I hope you like it,

Niall Connolly -Brooklyn April 2011



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Scott Powers

Highly recommended
I've been listening to Niall Connolly for a while now, and this album continued my love affair with his music. He has a wonderful way with words, and this album accentuates that with him playing acoustically. With this album, I got to hear some of the songs I previously enjoyed in a different light. If you haven't heard him before, this is a good album to break in on him. If you're already a fan, you won't be disappointed.

Steven Capozzola

A great, soulful album
I should preface by saying that I'm a Niall Connolly fan, so I'm predisposed to like his albums. But this 9-song acoustic CD is incredibly soulful and accessible. I've listened to it plenty of times already, and I find myself singing along every time.

I've seen several of these songs performed live at various New York City venues, so it's great to finally hear them all sort of sewn together in a living-room-acoustic-guitar kind of presentation. I particularly enjoy the recorded version of "Insects"-- just a catchy, sing-songy, almost nursery rhyme kind of tune. It's a very musical song-- fun, and something of a counterbalance to the somber mood of "Places I Promised I'd Go," for example.

Incidentally, "Places I Promised I'd Go" is an excellent recounting of one of Niall's recent European tours. He's a prolific, extremely hard-working artist. And as you listen to this very moving slew of songs, you can palpably feel all the gigs he's played, the late-night crowds, the clinking glasses of beer.

I hope a lot of people buy this CD because they'll have a chance to tap into a really soulful mine of great songs from a very dedicated artist. A hearty 5 stars, in my opinion.

Ira Scott Levin of The Levins

Super Fantastic Cool is just that!
In a wilderness of songs that scramble for recognition but offer no nourishment, Super Fantastic Cool is a refreshing stream of honesty and clarity. Niall Connolly is a prolific artist and is the real deal. I would say he was Frank McCourt with a guitar but he is Niall Connolly: International folk hero who already has his own tribute album of great songwriters from Brooklyn and Manhattan doffing their caps to him.

This album is a journal of renewed perspective set down as a warm boon bestowed on you by a friend. This is the artist receiving a gift of time, pared down to the essentials with just enough accompaniment from Warren Malone and Ryan Langlois to deliver the songs sweetly, letting the poetry resonate.

The first song She Makes Me Want to Be Clean sets the tone, is an invitation to hang out with the poet whose love makes him want to ‘Show my bright side, to be real’.
At the first, I am smiling. “I like you, and I don’t know why.”

Johnny Cash. To hear Niall sing “I hear Johnny Cash died of a broken heart. A love like that, why the thing just tear you apart.” His voice breaks on ‘apart‘ and he is sincere, it makes me cry just hearing it. “And I ain’t expecting much from this beat up world but oh to have a love like Johnny Cash had for her.” This is pining at its best.

Your Idiot friend vs. 200 years of Darwin makes the hairs stand up on the back of neck. There is a haunting naked truth like young Dylan singing Hollis Brown or Who killed Davy Moore? “Here comes the genie with his wishes and his oh so tragic lamp. You better listen, listen, listen to the conditions attached.... I used to be a man of my word.”
He captures the angst of every singer songwriter who has ever played in a bar with
“You got to keep ‘em drinking boy, shut up and sing!”
“These trophies to our freedom, won at the cost of love... I used to be a man of my word.”

When an honest man who has seen the darkness squarely sings of hope, it means something and you get that from this album, especially in New Year’s Resolution,
“Now It’s gonna be a great year for everyone I know. With a new light from the East still reaching our window to wake us gently with a whisper, your time has come to glow. And the hopes you planted in winter. Hey, come and watch them, come and watch them, come and watch them grow.”

The last song All my Trials is a perfect closer with a chorus like a congregational refrain, freed from dogma and agenda “All my trials...soon be over.”
“I got a little book with pages three and every page spells liberty. All my trials...soon be over.”

I’ve been going down the list of my favorite artists who deliver chords that resonate in my heart cave like Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine, Patty Griffin, Beirut and Sufjan Stevens but the album I download next will be from Niles. Super Fantastic Cool is a musical book of poetry; a traveling companion to take with you.
Ira Scott Levin of The Levins