‘To give the mind to chemistry, to numb it to the truth’ – Lamotrigine
Lamotrigine is the first song and lead single of Dylan Tighe’s new album. It is also an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder, according to wikipedia! This album deals with Dylan’s on going battle with menatl illness, and also his belief that the drugs used in its treatment do nothing to cure the illness, but instead leave the patient feeling detached from the world.
‘I want to live my life, and call pain by its name’ – Opus
Even though the album is released today, this is not the first time I’ve heard it. This collection of songs were used in Dylan’s stage performance ‘Record’ which was part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2012 (our review is here), and later as part of the Fringe Festival in 2013. Each song has a role to play in the performance, but they also hold together easily as an album, having a similar theme and sound.
The arrangement on the tracks vary substantially throughout, with some songs being simple guitar and vocal tracks while others feature a variety of electronic, keyboard, percussion and saxophone sounds.
‘what I see in the mirror is an image of a human being, or just a ghost of me’
‘I’ve seen every shrink there is to see, tried every pill and recipe, for a new psychology’ – The Ghost
This is a deeply personal journey that Dylan has chosen to share with the world. The lyrics are impressive, creating images of depression and his ongoing battle against it. It is unusual to hear an album without a love song, like 99% of the songs you typically hear. This is a man dealing with a complex issue, and letting the world hear the results. The stand out tracks on the album include ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘Opus’. There’s even a sample from Bertie Ahern, from his famous speech where he wonders why those that sit on the sidelines cribbing and moaning don’t commit suicide (Pity this wasn’t the only thing he got wrong!). This sample forms the introduction to the instrumental track ‘For Artaud’, a friend of Dylan’s who committed suicide.
This is an interesting body of work by an artist who is seeking to bring about change. He’s aiming to alter people’s perceptions of those with mental illness and how those people are treated, and hopefully he’ll achieve it. Even in early February, this is already one of the best Irish albums of the year!
Record is released today (3rd Feb 2014)
‘RECORD’ was produced by Jimmy Eadie (Jape, David Kitt, Valerie Francis, Si Schroeder, We Cut Corners)
Launch Concert – Grand Social – Feb 13th 2014.
The concert will feature Dylan Tighe on vocals and guitars alongside musicians also featured on the album including Seán Mac Erlaine on Bass Clarinet & Saxophone and Conor Murray on Drums with Donal Mac Erlaine on Saw & Trumpet. Hilary Woods (ex JJ72) will open the evening.
LISTEN TO THE ALBUM www.dylantighe.bandcamp.com