Since their formation in October 2013, Irish folk ensemble The Longtails have endeavoured to make a name for themselves by embracing their homeland’s live scene. Playing renowned native venues such as Sin É, Sweeneys and Whelans, it was at the latter that the fivesome launched their debut EP, Lindsay Road, on the night of Saturday February 28th.

Recorded during the summer of last year at Panchord Studio in Dublin, the five track compilation sails in atop the pleasant piano keys of “A Song with No Name”. The instrumentation is soon combined with a warm melody to give off a relaxing aura before the piece hits a lively musical peak in the middle.

A gentle acoustic riff guides “A Man of the People” into a placid harmony. The pace is steady but tranquil, being sustained by an abundance of instrumental elements that meld well with both each other and the vocals. “Sound of the Rail” follows on by taking a more reserved approach, beginning with slowly developing guitar and banjo work. This comparatively simple ballad is stirring in its simplicity.

“My Glass Is Not Half Empty” arrives with a fast riff that storms into fierce vocals. A furiously resolute demeanour persists throughout, maintained by wonderfully recalcitrant lyrics and vigorous instrumentation. The tone does a complete turnaround for the cheery “Dream No. 18”. A buoyant banjo skips towards a merry melody, emanating a bright and sunny disposition. Its stripped down, lighthearted execution puts an uplifting cap on the proceedings.

The Longtails have crafted an innocuous sound that’s very easy on the ears and should find favour with a wide audience. Their inaugural EP is a delightful collection of serene folk compositions that are all but guaranteed to soothe the senses and brighten your mood.

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