Tuath are back with another shoe-gaze, space-rock classic. They have been featured on Pure M previously (Check it out here). Hailing from Donegal and Galway (or Donegalway, as they charmingly insist), Robert Mulhern, candidate, and Ashley Mobasser are on to a winner with their latest release ‘Ní Miste leis an Cruinne’ (Don’t mind the World). This tune is characterised by a soaring synth melody, a rumbling bassline and soft, unclear voices. This mellowness is counteracted by a deep feeling of unrest and unease from uncertain origins. With the addition of Mobassers excellent work on the sax, there is a delightful slice of 80’s sleaze which somehow succeeds in making this tune 80’s and timeless simultaneously.
It begins with some pulsing synth which is soon joined by an insistent beat, shadowy indistinct voices and a whip crack. The latter is a sharp, slicing addition which brings a sense of urgency to an otherwise mellow song. Imagine being halfway through a bowl of soup only to be told there are razor blades hidden at the bottom of the bowl. Logically you know that the blades are large and will be easily spotted in your spoon, however, the question of why someone has done such a thing is much more disquieting than the blades themselves. This is what I mean when I say the tune is unhurriedly relaxed, but tempered with a sense of relentless unease. It is worth mentioning at this point that Tuath were, shall we say, ‘herbally infused’ at the time of composition, which might account for the spectre at the feast.
The most intriguing thing about the song, however, is its linear quality. By this I mean the discernible riffs, hooks, and leitmotivs are not used as pivots within the tune. One exception is the rumbling bassline which seems to follow, rather than lead you. Instead, there is almost a stream-of-consciousness compositional style which strengthens the notion of this piece of music being more akin to a narrative than a simple traditional song. The individual instruments are more like characters rather than voices with a story.
As with most of Tuath’s output, ‘Ní Miste leis an Cruinne’ would be very well suited as part of a soundtrack. In this case, the film would have to be some sort of psychological thriller, set sometime in the future but with 80’s trappings. The indistinct voices that can be heard at various points throughout the song seem to be speaking directly to you, but are too distant to be understood. There is a soft section in the middle of the song where the whip crack and the bassline disappear. For 1.20 mins of the 6.49 min song you are left alone with the voices and the synth flying high above in the ether. With the drum and bass suddenly gone, you realise they were guardians and not predators.
‘Ní Miste leis an Cruinne’ is an intriguing piece in the extreme. Mulhern suggests that a solitary listen with headphones is the ideal serving suggestion for this tune and I’m inclined to agree with him. Total immersion is key to experiencing the full potential of this song, and I strongly suggest you try it. Check out the track below.