Sunday, 24 April 2016

EP: CARRON - Roots

Carron Roots EP

CARRON - Roots

Info: Dublin Celtic-influenced, folk-pop duo Méabh and Mella who perform under their surname CARRON, released their latest EP, Roots, at the start of this monthEach track in 'Roots' explores a distinct phase of sisters Méabh and Mella Carron's life together, from childhood ('Roots'), through adolescence ('She's Fire') and dealing with sickness ('Prison Robes'), to envisioning a future free from the mistakes of a generation past ('Marble Arch').

Opening with it's self-titled track, Roots lays out its Celtic influence immediately, conjuring images of pagan priestesses moving slowly through a mist-laden forest in ancient Hibernia. Faded harmonies from the sisters add to the mystique as strings and added vocals from band members raise the track to its penultimate crescendo. 

'She's Fire' is more folksy, and adds a nice change of mood, it's R n' B vox and acoustic guitar playing giving it some added funk before drifting in and out of the balladry of the chorus. A certain highlight for me which I really enjoyed is the swish 'Prison Robes' (below), here CARRON move strongly toward contemporary folk-pop. The beat is held really well by the chugging acoustic guitar strumming and plucking, and there's an ever so slight hint of anthemic 80's ballad power pop from the duo to give that extra bit of energy.

CARRON - Prison Robes

Finally we come to the sombre tones of 'Marble Arch', a reflective contemplation on the errors of the past as outlined by the pair, much like 'Roots', the influences stand out, harmonies once again hold strong and enter an ethereal space in the final quarter. CARRON have put together a collection of four tracks that provide plenty of variety and showcase both their talents and those of their band as musicians, and they're definitely on the right path with regard to reaching a wider audience based on this evidence.

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