Slow Place Like Home (Album Launch)
Slow Place Like Home (Album Launch)
20 Oct 2017 (20:00)
Slow Place Like Home' is the music of producer/musician Keith Mannion.
Based in the forests of Donegal, in the North-West of Ireland, he has already released a series of EPs and a debut album ‘Romola' in 2015.
The following year saw him release the double A-sided singles 'Tiger Lilly' & 'Friday' on special edition limited 10" vinyl.
Having played with such acts as, Dan Deacon, Squarepusher, Perfume Genius, Day Wave, Ezra Furman, Moodoïd, Prince Rama, Glass Animals and Pantha Du Prince, Mannion's sophomore album is due for release in late 2017 on Galway's Strange Brew Rekkids, along with extensive tour dates.
First single ‘When I See You... Ice Cream!’ was released on June 19th, 2017.
The Irish Times Tony Clayton-Lea called it "Song of the week (if not the Summer!)"
Second single 'Echoes' was released on August 22nd and features former Whipping Boy vocalist Fearghal McKee. "One of the Irish tracks of the year so far." - The Thin Air.
“Supported by Slow Place Like Home’s hazy undercurrent of fizzy synth lines, pops and click of electronica and far-reaching soundscapes, McKee’s voice is both commanding and distant in its reverb soaked sonic aesthetic.” - The Last Mixed Tape.
Third single to be lifted from the new album ‘Office Dancers’ (released 16th October) has an accompanying video, starring esteemed Film and Theatre actor Sean McGinley.
"One of the finest producers in Ireland and one of my favourite artists anywhere on Earth right now" - Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio 6/ Radio Ulster.
"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
"Based in the rural depths of Donegal, Ireland, SlowPlaceLikeHome is a remarkably unique talent. Drifting wisps of electronics give way to sugar sweet pop melodies, all pieced together with an unerring strangeness. Real name Keith Mannion, the produc-er/musician's semi-exile from cultural conduits has seemingly allowed him to do exactly as he pleases and it works!" - Clash Magazine.
"Sumptuous offerings, from a candid, yet bizarre musical source, Mannion twists the knife with his three-dimensional hooks" - NME magazine.
"‘Romola’ from SlowPlaceLikeHome is an album that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It delivers everything that I hoped for, no 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 for-mation. 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.
"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 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-) in-strumentals. This is heart-on-its-sleeve electronic music, with moments of genuine emo-tion. 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. Alt-hough it takes account of cross currents in jazz and folktronica, it has its roots in kos-mische. 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 en-ergy like fresh rain at the end of summer. I believe that SlowPlaceLikeHome is quite suc-cessful at this. And, he seems to be slowly building an arsenal of tracks for whatever crea-tive mood you might be in." - Digital Mumbles
"...SlowPlaceLikeHome, a project of rich instrumental electronic music which could be de-scribed as expansive, pensive and seductive." - Irish Independent