Arrow in the Sky – Winter’s Requiem
Winter’s Requiem is the new EP from Mullingar duo Arrow in the Sky, and the follow-up to 2009′s Fleet Foxes/Bon Iver influenced Do What Thou Wilt. It’s a neat slice of folk with five impressive tunes, the best of which bookend the record.
Opener ‘Promises’ could easily soundtrack the next Discover Ireland advert, and catapult the band into the public’s conscious the way the same advert did for Heathers in 2009. The title track has more of a traditional folk feel to it, which helps Conor McCauley’s vocals to soar. It’s hear the Bon Iver influence is most notable, but the band are no one trick ponies.
‘Ghost Town’ is a much more upbeat tune, something in the Iron and Wine or Seth Lakeman mould. Conor’s vocals and percussion are excellent throughout, but nothing should be taken from Brian Murphy’s excellent guitar melodies. Even though the former trio are now a duo (with help), their second release is a huge step forward from the debut. It’s a finer collection of songs for one, but the musicianship seems tighter than ever, particularly on EP closer ‘Sombunall’, a beautiful soaring ballad, and the perfect way to end the record.
With these gorgeous folk melodies on their second EP, Arrow in the Sky mark themselves out as a force to be reckoned with, and are definitely one to watch for the future.