Adrian Crowley — „The Watchful Eye of the Stars“ (April 30, 2021)IRELAND FLAG                                                                   Adrian Crowley — „The Watchful Eye of the Stars“ (30th April, 2021)
⊗  Jedné bouřlivé noci v Irsku přinesl bratr Adriana Crowleyho domů zraněnou vránu. Poté, co se o ní na chvíli postaral, vrána odletěla sama a zanechala dojem: Crowley napsal příběh, který později vtělil do písně s příhodným názvem „Crow Song“, své zbrusu nové desky a devátého studiového alba „The Watchful Eye of the Stars“. Zpívá: „A já jsem měl z tebe radost, ale přesto jsem se roztříštil.“  Od roku 1999 se Adrian Crowley vyvinul v jednoho z nejvíce okouzlujících a uznávaných talentů v Irsku a v roce 2009 získal cenu Choice Music Prize za irské album roku. Při dalším zvyšování laťky s trochou pomoci svých přátel, Johna Parishe, Crash Ensemble a Portishead, upevňuje Crowley svůj status jednoho ze současných nejlepších skladatelů posledních 20~ti let. Našel a seřídil svůj krok a protáhl stále singulárnější hlas devíti alb do pozoruhodné kariéry. 
⊗  Při produkci alba se Crowley pohyboval mezi studiem a domácím studiem, zatímco vše produkoval John Parish (Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey). Duo pracovalo na skladbách, vytvořených původně Crowleym na nylonové kytarě velikosti 3/4 nebo Mellotronu: „Tímto způsobem chtěl John zachovat kouzlo tohoto prvního záběru,“ říká Crowley. Rozpory a složitost zůstávají nedotčeny, počáteční nahrávky byly omezeny na jeden nebo dva záběry a písně vypadají spíš jako sen, který se líčí po probuzení.
„The Watchful Eye of the Stars“ je možná dosud nejlepší.
⊗  A Northern Country (June 4, 2004); Long Distance Swimmer (Dec. 4, 2007); When You Are Here You Are Family (02 Jan., 2008); Season Of The Sparks (09 Nov., 2009); I See Three Birds Flying (17 Sept., 2012); At The Starlight Hotel (02 Dec., 2012); Some Blue Morning (10 Nov., 2014); Dark Eyed Messenger (02 Nov., 2017).Adrian Crowley ©Paul Hudson
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Album release: 30th April, 2021
Record Label: Chemikal Underground
Duration:     42:46
Tracks:
01. Northbound Stowaway   6:44 
02. I Still See You Among Strangers   2:47
03. Underwater Song   4:49
04. Bread And Wine   3:53 
05. A Shut~In’s Lament   4:03 
06. The Colours Of The Night   2:56
07. The Singalong   2:36
08. Ships On The Water   4:08
09. Crow Song   6:29
10. Take Me Driving   4:21
Adrian Crowley: vocals, nylon string guitar, clarinet
Katell Keineg: backing vocals
John Parish: drums, percussion, marxophone. nylon string guitar, electric guitar
Jim Barr: Double bass
Cora~Venus Lunny: violin
Kate Ellis: cello
Lisa Dowdall: viola

Review
Eamon Sweeney | Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 05:00 | Score:  ★★★★
⊗  Since 1999, Adrian Crowley has evolved into one of Ireland’s most beguiling and acclaimed talents, scooping the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year in 2009.
⊗  The Watchful Eye of the Stars is Crowley’s ninth album, and third for the esteemed Scottish record label Chemikal Underground, which first brought Arab Strap and Mogwai to the world’s attention.
⊗  Crowley hails from Galway’s city of the tribes via the sun~kissed isle of Malta, and he has seriously upped the ante for this album, but he’s always been ambitious and keen to work with the best.
⊗  His second album, When You Are Here You Are Family, was recorded by Steve Albini in Chicago in 2002. In 2017, Crowley teamed up with Thomas Bartlett in New York for Dark Eyed Messenger, while in 2018 he collaborated with filmmaker Niall McCann on a beautiful feature entitled The Science of Ghosts. Now John Parish, fresh from steering the ship for Dry Cleaning’s recent debut album, does the production honours, and even plays on the record.
⊗  Northbound Stowaway opens Crowley’s latest collection on familiar ground, but with added strings courtesy of Crash Ensemble and backing vocals, a swoony introduction to a distinguished and diverse album.
⊗  Jim Barr of Portishead contributes double bass and engineered parts of the album in Bristol. This all widens the scope and profoundly informs The Watchful Eye of Stars, helping to shape possibly Crowley’s most accomplished and best album yet.
⊗  Crowley has always been a fascinating lyricist, creating startling narratives in his songs. Crow Song revisits the memory of his brother bringing home an injured crow, which they managed to nurse back to full health. “Little bird of sunshine, O, tell me of the things you’ve seen,” Crowley sings. “Out over the rooftops beyond the veil of my dreams. The weavers of disaster spinning at their looms.”
⊗  Take Me Driving concludes proceedings with a memorable refrain, “Breaking hearts and traffic lights”, repeated until the end.
⊗  In raising the bar yet again with a little help from his friends, John Parish, Crash Ensemble and Portishead,Crowley solidifies his status as one of our finest songwriters of the past 20 years, finding his stride and flexing an increasingly singular voice nine albums into a remarkable career.
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