Aoife Nessa Frances in Leeds
Aoife Nessa Frances
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Thursday 2nd September 2021, £8.00
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Watching the Willows Burn is the outcome of Jack Name and Aoife Nessa Frances' first collaborative encounter, and a study in secret song and ancient ritual. Brought together by Mexican Summer co-founder and head of A&R Keith Abrahamsson on his hunch that an undiscovered sonic kinship might exist between the musicians, Jack and Aoife fell hard and fast for each others respective 2020 albums, Magic Touch (Mexican Summer) and Land of No Junction (Ba Da Bing/Basin Rock).
With a mutual admiration cemented, the two musicians established a remote rapport and began exploring themes of moon rituals and divine feminine energies before settling into a work pattern. From Los Angeles, Jack developed the body of "Watching the Willows Burn," architecting the song and adorning it with instrumentation, eventually sending it to Aoife. From Dublin, Aoife worked out the vocal melody and lyrics, in peak writing form having recently completed tracking her follow up album to Land of No Junction.
The end result of this exchange verifies the suspicions that originally convened Jack and Aoife. The sonic dimensions and intentions of Watching the Willows Burn work in wide open ways, the alchemy of Jack and Aoifes separate but cosmically in tune talents manifesting in a melodic, magical moment.
Listen here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVW6NzQAjIg
This single is the first follow-up to Aoife's sublime 'Land Of No Junction' album which was released via Basin Rock/Ba Da Bing in January 2020. You can listen to that here >> https://aoifenessafrances.bandcamp.com/album/land-of-no-junction
Press for Land Of No Junction
'Turn on, tune in, drop off: dreamy debut from enigmatic Irish auteur.... questing for the freedom to explore her own private Narnia in peace. A place of quiet certainty - it's a compelling landscape to ponder in a treacherous age.'
Album of the Month, Uncut
'The Irish songwriters voice shines like a headlight in fog. Her debut abounds with deceptively serene serenades and surprising lyrical shifts.'
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