Songs, the latest album by Ergodos Musicians is the ‘CD Choice’ in the Irish Times.
The Irish Times jazz critic Cormac Larkin gave the album a ★★★★ rating, writing:
‘Young Dublin composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper- Connolly recognise the enduring influence that songs have had on their own musical journeys. The latest offering from their Ergodos imprint is a simple, almost austere collection of other people’s songs, nine in all, ranging from medieval hymns to traditional laments to contemporary pop. They are rearranged and reimagined by the pair for a poised and talented parlour group, including the fearless cello of Kate Ellis, the adventurous sax of Seán Mac Erlaine, and the clear, natural voice of Michelle O’Rourke.’
Larkin continues, praising individual tracks:
‘Beat the Retreat’, with backing vocals from Schlepper-Connolly, is a beautiful re-fashioning of a Richard Thompson song. It strikes perhaps the most optimistic note on an otherwise dark album. Steve Earle’s ‘Goodbye’ is arranged by Schlepper-Connolly for cello and his own jangle guitar with an urgent, almost serialist simplicity, against which Earle’s wistful words stand out like silhouettes on a distant horizon.’
The review finishes with a resounding endorsement of the record:
‘The album ends with ‘Angels’ by British indy darlings The xx, so the repertoire covers an astonishing span of nearly 800 years. Nothing could better exemplify the continued vitality of the song tradition, or the excellent and unusual choices made by Sholdice and Schlepper-Connolly and their Ergodos Musicians.’
Purchase your copy of Songs here.