Aidan O’Rourke – 365 Complete Works 21 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 24:06 minutes | 256 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Reveal Records
In 2013, James Robertson – one of Scotland’s leading authors – wrote a short story every day for a year. It became an enchanting, roaming collection of fairytales and memories and provocations; that was only the beginning.
Aidan O’Rourke wrote a tune every day in response to the stories. The result is a major new body of 365 tunes – a significant addition to the Scottish traditional music canon. Aidan’s playing and writing are renowned for deep lyricism and off-kilter twists, here paired with kaleidoscopic harmonies of Kit Downes on harmonium and piano.
Carefully sequenced by Tom Rose from a years worth of new material, the album is another beautifully sparse and emotive collection recorded with Mercury Prize nominee Kit Downes (ECM) as part of the Scottish New Music Award winning 365 project.
Bold, tender, full of old truths and distilled modern wit, 365 is built on the beauty of the miniature. It’s a collaboration between artists steeped in tradition but constantly breaking new ground.
1. Aidan O’Rourke – Once, When I Was About Thirteen
2. Aidan O’Rourke – It’s Me Again,’ the Man with the Parcel Said.
3. Aidan O’Rourke – How Is It That Dogs Understand Instinctively That the Best Way to Alleviate Their Stomach Disorders Is to Eat Grass?
4. Aidan O’Rourke – The Writer Hit the Alarm Clock, Switched on the Bedside Lamp and Thought About the Day Ahead
5. Aidan O’Rourke – It Is a Frightening Thing to Be Lost in the Middle of the Wood
6. Aidan O’Rourke – She Put on the Headphones, Selected Shuffle
7. Aidan O’Rourke – Sometimes He Felt He Could Live Permanently in a Hotel
8. Aidan O’Rourke – You Forget More Than You Retain
9. Aidan O’Rourke – I Remember Daft Davie Standing at the Top of the Hill
10. Aidan O’Rourke – Some Stories Are so Good that They Deserve Repeating in Every Generation