MUSICIAN, SONG WRITER, RECORDING ARTIST, DJ AND ROCK 'N' ROLL SURVIVALIST
"..a terse articulation of the devil's music"
John Fleming (Irish Times)
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Olaf Tyranasen (Hot Press)
New single Departure Lounge and album Dig Into Nowhere released March 24 2017 on Disques Fridge.
Eamonn Dowd's Departure Lounge: 'The heart is a suitcase'
Irish-Nordic rocker Eamonn Dowd’s new video Departure Lounge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzJqr78X1_U
takes four random corners of the world (Gothenburg, Stockholm, New York and West Africa’s Burkina Faso) and ties them into a parcel of existential dislocation. Look at these L trains and half-empty glasses: you don’t have to be on the road to feel lost.
Airports, train stations and passing scenery haunt Dowd’s monochrome video. An amalgam of travel and navigation, of memory and maps, of wrong turns at crossroads, it’s a tour of urban Scandinavian bridges, of Fifth Avenue and eternal transit points. Roads girdle the globe. Across all this, a rugged and ashen Dowd strides across European no man’s lands, cities, bars and streets. Against stark, bony trees on a Gothenburg hill, he walks as an earthed alien. 'Someone at a recent gig in Oslo told me it looks like an out-take from one of Aki Kaurismaki’s films', he says, referencing the cult Finnish director (Leningrad Cowboys, I Hired A Contract Killer). The song draws extra ethereal dimensionality from the backing vocals of Jenny Menso (formerly of hit Swedish group Four Flavours).
With a nod to fellow Flemish film-maker Anton Corbijn (remember the Joy Division film Control?), video director Bert Deyeart uses a binary palette of black and white linked by industrial greys to convey the heart and mind of a travelled troubadour. 'Eamonn Dowd’s heart is a suitcase. What could be inside' laughs Deyeart. 'I tried to explore that with the video.'
Dowd’s compass is global: 'Won’t you take me back / Take me back home? / I would go if I knew which way to go… / Should I go north or south / Should I go east or west? / Take me back.'
The whole song is driven by drumming and studio veteran Al Cowan, a Dubliner who learnt the drums with a travelling circus. Defecting after work with Rocky DeValera, punk legends Paranoid Visions and Kate Bush, he is a long-time Dowd collaborator; the men’s musical blood pact is evident here.
Departure Lounge is the lead single from Eamonn Dowd's new album Dig into Nowhere, out now on Disques Fridge and Spellbound Records. Look for the album in selected record stores on Ireland or on the world wide web.
JOHN FLEMING - writer and Irish Times journalist
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