- 04 Jun 21
Last year’s indie chart-topping re-issue of Revelino’s acclaimed debut album was one of the good news pandemic stories for the Irish independent scene. Now, Brendan Tallon is back with his first solo LP.
The wickedly talented pen of Revelino’s songwriter, Brendan Tallon, is back in business.
Tallon has finally announced the release date of his debut solo album Love In These Times, having first received the masters in March 2020 on the date lockdown was announced.
Arriving on July 2nd, the project features previous singles ‘Old Man Superman’ and ‘American Strings’ - as well as forthcoming track ‘The First Time I Saw You’.
Debut single ‘Old Man Superman’ honoured the self-sacrifice during times of catastrophe, while ‘American Strings’ contemplates our ambiguous binds to greater powers. ‘The First Time I Saw You’ opines to a lovestruck groove and heavenly strings, on the pain and joy of desire.
Though Tallon may have been awol for a few years, it 's easy to see and hear on this exciting record that he has spent his time away from the limelight, but not away from music.
Life may have gotten in the way of making this record sooner but in that time he has amassed an entire treasure trove of brilliant ideas realised into fully-formed songs. It’s a debut full of optimism and cerebral exuberance, light and colour, empathy and hope.
Love In These Times is 11 unique tracks, joined by a romantic yearning for connectivity.
"If there is a thread running through the songs on this album it's that when things are looking really bad and you feel like you’re losing everything, the one thing you really don’t want to give up on is love. And for me that includes music. And love of music," Tallon says of the album.
"I don't mean that in a corny or wishy-washy way but in the most stark and brutal way that what keeps you hanging on is love - someone's love or the hope of love, universal connectivity or just one connection that gives you light at the end of the tunnel."
The album was entirely written, arranged, produced and played by Brendan in his home studio.
It also features contributions from multi-instrumentalist Fintan Jones on Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet and backing vocals and drummers Johnny Boyle, Guy Rickerby and Mark Colbert. Engineers Keith Farrell (Pugwash) and our late great friend Gavin Ralston. Ray Martin played trumpet and strings were added by cellist Ailbhe McDonagh and violin by National Symphony Orchestra member Jenny Burns.
Love In These Times was also mixed with Frank McGing while he built his epic new studio in Ballivor, Co. Meath and mastered by Jon Astley (Abba, The Who, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones).
The upcoming solo album is dedicated to the memory of two great friends and fellow musicians, Gavin Ralston and Mark Levins.
Pre-order your Deep Blue vinyl copy of Love In These Times on Bandcamp here.