Following on from the single of the same name, Slow Place Like Home have announced that their new album When I See You…Ice Cream! will be released on 20th October. The second single from the album “Echoes” will be available digitally next Tuesday 22nd August. The single features guest-vocals from Fearghal Mckee of Whipping Boy. Slow Place Like Home is the recording moniker of Donegal artist Keith Mannion who talks about the new single as…
“Spectral synth washed over the opiate cadence in the mix. Laced with a demonic vocal performance, by one of the all-time iconic voices of Irish music. Throughout the writing process, I could imagine the growl of Fearghal, drenched in full rat pack-style croon. It came to be!”
And Fearghal’s thoughts…
“It was the sliding uplift on the bass…Keith sent me the whole package sometime in February. All I had to do was sing…be a postman if you like. Just turn up and deliver it. It didn’t take long for me to conjure up a Gene-spliced, Dean Martin circa 2042, on his way to Mars. Roaming through some interplanetary supermarket, doing the hustle. Reminiscing on the half-life of eggs. Hats off to Keith for producing one of the slinkiest slivers of pop, in a long time, anywhere and to music lovers everywhere; enjoy!”
The album was written between Knather Woods, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, and the Algarve in Portugal. It was recorded and produced in its entirety in Keith’s bedroom studio in Donegal and mastered by Antony Ryan (Morr Music label) in Denmark. Artwork for the album cover and singles and are by Derry artist John Rooney. Keith’s influences range from the rich soul of Marvin Gaye, to the hard edge of XTC, Patti Smith and The Slits. Add the psychedelic textures of Captain Beefheart and CAN. Sprinkle in a bit of New Orleans spice like Dr. John and Duke Ellington and you’re almost there.
“Donegal-based musician and producer Keith Mannion wears his influences on his sleeve – but he knows exactly how and where to gently push and shove his music. Each note (on Romola) is influenced by the scenic countryside of the Atlantic North West coast of Ireland. ★★★★” – The Irish Times
“‘Romola’ from Slow Place Like Home is an album that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It delivers everything that I hoped for not matter how unreasonable! It may turn out to be a slow burner, but one you should give a chance; you won’t be disappointed.” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM.
“Hazy, cryptically vague and full of inventive and adventurous tracks, Romola is inspired and informed by the isolation and desolation of the Irish coast which sculpted it’s formation. Cherry-pick certain tracks and you’ll find sturdy but indistinct pieces of a puzzle; full involve yourself in the record, however, and you’ll find a debut album as immersive as it is impressive.” – Gold Flake Paint.
“Made with classic stylings, SlowPlaceLikeHome feels contemporary. It’s a tight collection oozing personality and charisma, making Mannion a luminary in the current scene.” – Alan Reilly, State Magazine.
“2012 is already turning out to be a fine year for Irish electronic music newbies and it’s time to make room in the frame for Donegal’s Keith Mannion. Deep, moody, evocative and beautifully pitched, Mannion’s somnolent electronica is best captured on latest EP release “Coastal Hubs for Chivalry” ” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times.
“You’ve heard of the Pacific North-West; time now for the Atlantic North-West. Donegal-based Keith Mannion brings us a set of diverse but finely balanced electronic (semi-) instrumentals. This is heart-on-its-sleeve electronic music, with moments of genuine emotion. That’s not to say it doesn’t pay attention to arrangements though – the signs are that these are meticulously put together. And there are tunes to fall in love with, or even to. Although it takes account of cross currents in jazz and folktronica, it has its roots in kosmische. And what a beautiful thing it is.” – Conor O’Toole, WEARENOISE
“Mannion gallivants around the subgenres of electronic, never really committing to any one in particular but common in his palette are wandering instrumentals, treated vocals, ’90s electronica and swirling arrangements. It’s very effective thinking music.” – Nialler9
“Music that seeps into your skin, swirls around in your brain and nurtures your creative energy like fresh rain at the end of summer. I believe that SlowPlaceLikeHome is quite successful at this. And, he seems to be slowly building an arsenal of tracks for whatever creative mood you might be in.” – Digital Mumbles
“…SlowPlaceLikeHome, a project of rich instrumental electronic music which could be described as expansive, pensive and seductive.” – Irish Independent