Or perhaps Clonmellon is Ireland's grimmest small town? I passed through it many times on the way to Mayo when I was younger, and used to think so. In fact, my brother, my sister and I used to play a prediction game in the back seat of the car where we'd guess the amount of people we'd see in Clonmellon, selecting our guesses from along a scale of zero to three. On the run up to Christmas it was the only place we'd pass through without a single Christmas light over its street or, indeed, in many of its dark watchful windows. And, as mentioned, the town would often be suspiciously deserted, save for a solitary soul walking down its wide single street, an old man perhaps with the dead look of the midlands in his eyes, or a child in shit stained wellies wheeling a bike towards a grey afternoon of playing vaguely dangerous games near a slurry pit.
the street may be empty...but you are being watched
Delvin, however, escapes being named Ireland's grimmest small town on account of the cool Norman castle that sits whap-bang in the middle of it and which now provides a spectacular home to some lucky barn owls and bats.
bet your town doesn't have one of these (unless umm it is Kilkenny, or Trim, or Bunratty, or etc...)
I'll share some music from my Summer listening.
MP3: Recondite-Tie In
MP3: Tin Man-Manifesto Acid
There's a pretty sweet little acid house revival going on at the moment thanks to lads like Recondite, Tin Man and Donato Dozzy. I love that rolling 303 sound. It's so iconic and still sounds otherworldly. All three artists are messing around with the template enough to side-step the sonic clichés that come with the narrow range of sounds created by the 303 synth, but adhering to genre convention in other comforting ways (by having the word 'acid' in every other track title for instance). Both Tin Man and Recondite have new albums which I've had on repeat all Summer.
Tin Man's Neo Neo Acid is the more locomotive of the two albums and the more likely to be heard in clubs. Recondite's On Acid, on the other hand, is a bit more reflective and chill, creating careful monochromatic patterns of melody that ring out simple, sad and plain, like some of Aphex Twin's earlier stuff made with similar equipment. Both albums are extraordinarily complimentary and I would recommend them to anyone with an interest in techno of a more meditative hue.