Glen Hansard (The Frames/Swell Season) - "The best thing you can say of any artist is that I believe him when he sings... This is the case with Sean Kangataran. Like other seekers before him, John Fante and Mic Christopher, he's working it out in private, then once it's expressed and its coordinates are located you're free to listen. We all have a soft spot for a trier. This is a beautiful and honest document from a life being lived in the present."
Ryan Stively (Port O'Brien) - "An undeniable warmth radiates through Sean's songs. It's a difficult thing to approach a well-tread acoustic folk-rock format and make it feel so original, but Sean has done just that. Angry, impassioned, heartbroken, wistful and nostalgic, Sean's delivery glows with an indelible sincerity. The wintery character, craftsmanship and arrangement of "Lightning" is reminiscent of "Michigan" era Sufjan Stevens. Something familiar yet very much unique is living in these songs, and their earnestness unmistakable. If a stripped-down Okkervil River are a jigger of Jim Beam or Jack Daniels, Sean Kangataran's self-titled offering is a smooth shot of Jameson or Bushmills."
Sean Kangataran, an Irish singer-songwriter, has had his songs favourably compared to those of Okkervil River, Sufjan Stevens, and the Decemberists, and his writing to the words of John Fante.
He spent early 2009 assisting his good friend Glen Hansard in the production of The Swell Season’s record Strict Joy.
His own debut album, written and recorded in Ireland during the summer of 2010 was a dark lyrical affair dealing with the rage and nostalgia of heartbreak, offset by joyful arrangements of brass and percussion.
He arrived in Los Angeles later that summer without knowing anyone and began assembling a group of musicians. They have played shows in Molly Malones, Room5, Silverlake Lounge, Viper Room and Bootleg Theater.
released September 1, 2010
Album Band. Dave Deane (drums), Glen Forde (bass), Martin Murray (trombone), Peter Berrill (trumpet), Peter Browne (piano), Boris Merlich (violin).
Drums engineered by Ray Diamond.
Mixed by Karl Odlum.
Mastered by Fergal Davis.
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