Bell X1 – Music In Mouth

Dublin-based quartet with Gemma Hayes, Frames and Mundy associations release second disc

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Richard Thompson on the flowering of Fairport Convention

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Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Neil Young

Updated with a deep dive into Archives II and more

Taking their name from the first aircraft to break the sound barrier, Paul Noonan’s band construct literate love songs that are the polar opposites of stadium rock. They’ve also retained their Celtic personality without paying lip service to the new Irish movement. Noonan’s imagery takes nursery ideas and spins them into adult problems on “Snakes And Snakes” and “Alphabet Soup”. Elsewhere there are developed sensual ideas at play. “West Of Her Spine” and “I’ll See Your Heart And Raise You Mine” match strong melody to a level of intrigue befitting inhabitants of Joyce’s Dublin.


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