It’s no secret that I am a big Mark Garry fan, both of his visual work and his music projects, but most especially his Sending Letters to the Sea project, which I have listened into the ground. It’s one of the best irish albums of the past decade as far as I’m concerned, and one of the very few that I prefer listening to as a complete album, rather than to individual tracks mixed up in playlists.
That project came about through a very innovative application of the Public Art Commissioning fund by Fingal County Council (read more about it on Donal Dineen’s Fresh Air blog here) so I assumed it was a once off project. To my great delight (seriously – I got a little over-excited at the news) I discovered earlier this year that a second album was in the offing with the same team and a few extras I think; namely Mark Garry, Karl Burke (aka Karl Him), Daniel Bracken, James Broder, Slim Cessna, Sean Carpio, Eileen Carpio , Lucinda Chua, Nathan Hall, Nina Hynes, Jeffrey Inscho, Simon Jermyn, Fabien Leseure, Benoit Leseure and Karla Stauffer. It’s officially released today and I had to share it IMMEDIATELY, even though I’m only half way through my first listen. I’m already a little bit in love. See what you think: