Joining us in 2009, Adrian was kind enough to don some Chemikal colours before winning Ireland’s prestigious Choice Music Prize – Ireland’s Album of the Year Award – for his spectacular ‘Season of the Sparks’. Bill Callahan, Leonard Cohen and Robert Wyatt all provide valid reference points for Adrian’s work but that wouldn’t do justice to the whole story by any manner of means.
‘I See Three Birds Flying‘ is the majestic and arresting sixth album from Adrian Crowley. Co-produced with long standing studio comrade, Stephen Shannon, it heralds a new found confidence for the Irishman as he delivers a deeply contemplative, impossibly rich addition to an already impressive body of work.
A homage to the cult American song-writer Daniel Johnston, ‘My Yoke Is Heavy’ finds James Yorkston (who previously worked with us on ‘Ballads of the Book’) and Adrian interpreting a selection of Johnston’s catalogue. With that material sitting so snugly between merriment and melancholy, it’s hard to think of a more appropriate duo than our very own Galway balladeer and Fife’s inestimably lyrical troubadour.
Adrian’s seventh studio album arrived in November of last year and it was – predictably – magnificent. Bringing his now trademark eloquence to bear on another collection of wry, poetically observant songs, ‘Some Blue Morning’ must surely represent a high water mark in Adrian’s consistently acclaimed career.
“Emphatically lovely” NME
“Crowley’s rich brown croon inevitably recalls Nick Drake, but a more apposite musical touchstone is the Divine Comedy’s neil Hannon eschewing his clever-clever wordplay in order to sink into a sepia reverie” The Guardian
“Crowley’s lyrics are as poetic as Poe [but] they’re so invigorated by the beauty of his finely crafted songs, it’s difficult to feel anything but love for them” The Skinny
“[I See Three Birds Flying] sees the Galway-raised troubador further hone his gift for warm, rich, fertile psalms that hang heavy with melancholy, earthly wonder and mellow fruitfulness” The List
“Easing himself gently into a gilded pantheon that stretches from Scott Walker and Leonard Cohen to Nick Cave and Richard Hawley” UNCUT (Some Blue Morning Review – 8/10)