Label: Not On Label (Malojian Self-released) - none • Format: CDr Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock •
After a critcally-acclaimed EP released earlier this year, Malojian - AKA Lurgan songwriter Stevie Scullion - became one of the most talked about names on the local music scene.
Already well-known as one-third of alt-folk act Cat MalojianStevie's initial recordings and round of gigs as a solo artist generated so much heat - including a ringing endorsement from Snow Watch The Rain - Malojian - The Deers Cry singer Gary Lightbody - that there was a real fear leading up to the release of his debut album that the long-player would fail to deliver in the face of so much hype.
Early reviews are already putting that worry to bed - if anything, us journalists should be reprimanded for not hyping this release more. It's probably during the third or (Dont Fear) The Reaper - Various - Hits Of The 60s, 70s & 80s listen that it becomes clear that while Malojian is a jack-of-all-trades, he is clearly master of more than a few.
The move from the folk trio of Cat Malojian to recording with a full band has paid off handsomely, most of all on fuzz guitar work-out 'Checkmate', a song that should catapult Malojian into the mainstream's conciousness; It's like The Watch The Rain - Malojian - The Deers Cry , Super Furry Animals and Grandaddy's best songs rolled into one unavoidably catchy tune. As good as that is, it's not even a stand-out track.
There are at least eight songs that you could make a case for being the best on the collection and when the quality is this high, that puts you firmly in classic album territory. Think The Sophtware Slump or Deserter Songs ; records that seemed to come out of nowhere to sit ubiquitously at the top of those end-of-year polls.
The album's opening song and title track is another stunner and a glowing tribute to the talents of producer Barrett Lahey. Backwards guitar combines with thumping drums and bass in a psychedelic mish-mash that sets the tone nicely. Also worthy of mention is acoustic Our Winter Love - Joe Kenyon - Hymne 'Watch The Rain'. The Deer's Cry is available on Bandcamp now.
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