Taken from his rather excellent Sampler cassette, ‘Next Year’ is the latest release from Stephen Tiernan’s Participant project – seemingly, the musical gift that keeps on giving. The follow up to ‘Your Better’, which saw a hauntingly beautiful visual accompaniment from Bob Gallagher, as well as an expansive remix by Conor O’Brien of Villagers, ‘Next Year’ finds Tiernan “exploring themes of complacency, self-worth and commitment”.
Heady stuff, but tellingly emotive work that swoons in delicate vocal melodies, finger-picked guitars and ethereal electronica. It’s simple, yet accomplished – an unsurprising presentation from one of our favourite homegrown talents.
Speaking of the track, Tiernan says “When I was putting it together I felt it was important I add something new to better make it a true collection, not only of what I’ve done but where I’m going or hope to be. ‘Next Year’ is a song that for me deals with the idea of stillness, ignoring opportunity or responsibility and so I thought it could be cathartic to finish it and make it the first song on a compilation of my work.”
Catch him tonight in support of Peter Silberman (The Antlers) in Dubin’s Unitarian Church, and listen to ‘Next Year’ below.