ALBUM REVIEW: Cathal Coughlan – Song of Co-Aklan | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 26.03.21







Cathal Coughlan’s new songs, the first ones in eleven years, are like fevered dreams – full of uneasy tossing and turning. On the title track, Coughlan chronicles our “lonely century” (Noreena Hertz’s words) – he sings about data, distance, androids and the vacuum of digital life. Song of Co-Aklan has a monochrome, crepuscular atmosphere to it. It has retained something of the soft-spoken, political anger of Momus, Bill Pritchard and other sleepy-eyed poets of the Thatcherite era.

It also contains shades of the irrepressible drama and sorrow of early Nick Cave. Song of Co-Aklan is of our time and yet of another time. Coughlan’s voice is as uncompromising and harshly hypnotic as it ever was – it belongs with the night, and compels us to see better.

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