- 05 Feb 18
Eclectic effort from prolific Irish artist.
Wirral native and Cork resident Laurie Shaw’s Weird Weekends is a wonderfully melodic, Britpop-inspired gem. Shaw has been quietly perfecting his craft these past few years, hopping between his parents’ recording studio in Kenmare and attending university in Cork, all the while releasing a staggering – wait for it – 75 albums in various musical genres.
Here, he utilises the Kerry countryside as a backdrop for teenage tales of yearning and missed homework. In addition to focusing on the feeling of being young, dumb and in love, the record is about finding redemptive beauty in the everyday mundanity of life.
There are Alex Turner-style stream-of-consciousness moments and crooner sensibilities on tracks like ‘Shatterproof’ (“You drank your Sauvignon Blanc like some horny single mother”) and ‘Sophistication’ – the latter a disco-tinged tune about a girl trying to capture a boy’s attention amidst her turbulent home life.