It wasn’t so long ago that Derry electronica composer/pianist Ryan Vail blew us away in tandem with Ciaran Lavery with their Sea Legs project, and while the two have since trodden quite different musical paths, it’s pleasing to see that quality and creativity are still at the forefront of their respective operations.
And, on the cusp of the release of the former’s debut full-length For Every Silence, Vail has quite skilfully teased the listening public with cuts from the new record – strong examples of soft, introspective electronic piano arrangements that we thankfully managed to catch in a live setting a while back in support of East India Youth. The latest to come from Vail and the Quiet Arch camp is ‘Mirrors’, and it’s hauntingly beautiful. Subtle, adept, and hugely accomplished, the track takes its inspiration from an old, family piano on which Vail cut his teeth and the subject matter makes for an engaging, if not emotional listen.
For Every Silence is out April 1st via Quiet Arch.