- 02 Nov 17
Choice Prize-winner ADRIAN CROWLEY has just released his eighth album, Dark Eyed Messenger. He tells OLAF TYARANSEN why the songs could just as easily have been books or films.
“I think this one shows a new side of me,” says Adrian Crowley of his eighth studio album Dark Eyed Messenger. “I see it as short stories set to music – and that could’ve taken another form. Each song could have been a book or a film, but I chose them to be songs.”
Since his 1999 debut, A Strange Kind, the Maltese-Irish musician has released a string of critically acclaimed albums – winning the 2009 Choice Music Prize for Season Of The Sparks, and being shortlisted on two other occasions. What they all had in common, aside from his rich and beguiling baritone, was his trademark guitar.
At the suggestion of producer Thomas ‘Doveman’ Bartlett (a Choice winner himself in 2015 as a member of The Gloaming), he recorded Dark Eyed Messenger entirely without that instrument. Instead, most of the songs feature piano, organ or Mellotron, resulting in a minimalist array of dream-like, ethereal sounds. It’s a strange diversion, but it works.