Thursday 9th November
“Captivating” Q 4*
“Gritty, poetic electronic folk. A real original” The Observer 4*
“Storytelling troubadour and electronica maverick” Uncut
“A treasure trove of noises and stories from a man with plenty to say” The Irish Times 4*
Last week, Seamus Fogarty released his new album The Curious Hand – his first for new label home Domino – as well as playing a wonderful album launch at London’s The Old Queen’s Head.
Today, he shares the video for ‘Van Gogh’s Ear’, a plaintively gentle masterpiece splicing together philosophical musings on a niggling ear infection alongside stoney-faced rush hour commuters. Directed by James Hankins, Hankins says of making the video “Seamus and I both agreed it should be quite playful and dreamlike. It borrows a lot from my favourite artists, comedians and filmmakers who made a big impression on me while growing up. I think it's the kind of video i would have made when i was 18 or so, if i could have managed it back then. So it's quite nice thinking that i've made something for my younger self.”
Seamus adds “working with James was both exciting and nerve-racking - his imagination is quite frightening but in the best possible way”
Produced by Seamus and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts), The Curious Hand elevates Fogarty into another bracket of artists doing fascinatingly skewed and modern and heartfelt things with roots-influenced and electronic music. He’s an evocative and thoughtful lyricist and melodicist as well as an inquisitive sonic explorer for fans of Alasdair Roberts, Will Oldham and Kieran Hebden.