Delicate Bones is the debut EP from Mayo’s Train Room. The band is a solo project by Joe Monaghan who wrote and produced the EP himself. Train Room is at its strongest when it sounds like a full band. Monaghan is preparing a five-piece band for the promotional tour so the live show promises to bring out the best in the material. They played their first gig last month at the Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Wigwam on Abbey St.

The minimalism of ‘Grace’ is invigorated by the gentle infusion of electric guitar, strings and backing vocals from Catherine Maguire. The song is a slow burn and the conclusion is more satisfying than the opening suggests it will be. The repeated instrumental refrain of ‘Delicate Bones’ is immediately familiar. The vocal melody has a Manchester sound particularly redolent of The Coral and Cast.

‘Horizons’ starts with a fingerpicked guitar. Monaghan takes the verse while Maguire makes the chorus soar. Like the preceding songs, the tune starts soft and unadorned, building to a powerful finish. That kind of structure is a familiar one but many singer-songwriters fall into trap of using it for every song (I Have A Tribe, for example). Monaghan would do well to experiment with song structures for subsequent releases, just to keep things interesting.

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