Saturday, 9 May 2015

Album: Vault62 - 'Vault62'

Info: Currently based in New York, Derry native Aodhán O'Reilly has released his second album, self-titled under the moniker of Vault62. The ambient and experimental rock album is a beautiful composition full of variety, starting off gently with the ethereal 'On The Bridge' which features some contemplative piano playing and scattered percussion. Second track 'Unicorn' is brash and really reminded me of Four Tet and Mount Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers, the song again melds a soft backing track to wild sonic spurts. One of the undoubtedly best tracks on the album comes in the form of 'Indian Summer (Part II)', moody electronica and assertive drums are mixed nicely with tingling percussion once again creating an other-worldly atmosphere to get lost in. 

'A Pretty Low' is well, quite pretty, with some highly enjoyable and larger than life piano progressions, foreboding strings and really great drum beats, again a firm favourite of mine on Vault62, the track is quite gripping and powerful. The album concludes with the eight minute long 'On His Back', from tender openings marked by tingling chimes, the song in some ways leads you to a contrasting soft landing in comparison to the tracks which preceded it. Vault62 is an interesting album that lifts you through various moods in a controlled way and the instrumentation is very accomplished and alluring for the listener, a fine set of songs.

'Vault62 is the moniker for Irish guitarist/ composer Aodhán O’Reilly. His first album  Seascapes, released in 2012, was a compilation of DIY home and field recordings,  encompassing aspects of post rock, ambient music, and experimental soundscapes. The album was named as one of Indie Rock Mag’s "Albums of the Year".

He released EP1 in December of 2013 showcasing a more electronic and sample-heavy sound.

His second album, and first official release under the name Vault62, was released in April 2015. Simply titled Vault62, the record’s 8 tracks delve further into the Electronica and atmospherics of EP1, while incorporating aspects of his more avant-garde and experimental influences.

O'Reilly identifies certain minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Phillip Glass as influences, as well as aspects of Free Jazz and more contemporary artists like Kieran Hebden and Fuck Buttons.

Currently based in New York City, he also writes and plays guitar for local bands Helix1 and Black River Manifesto, as well as being an occasional member of a number of other New York City projects.'

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