The Lost Brothers.. where does one start to even explain the utter joy this album "The Passing of the Night" brings. From opening track 'Not Now Warden', their harmonies instantly impress and captivate you. To the second bar stool toe tapping Saloon style 'Bird In A Cage'.
The album, from the very start to finish, is pieced together with a tenderness and understanding that is missing quite a lot these days.
It is also worth noting how utterly cool the album cover is, especially on the back where the track listing is printed. (See left) I love how they play on the Title 'The Passing of the Night' and include phases of the moon throughout the night. Then again it is their effortlessly clever attention to detail that makes this album) from the cover right through to the music) such a triumph of all sorts.
Although Irish (Oisín Leech and Mark McCausland), the duo formed in Liverpool in 2007. Since that union, The Lost Brothers have brewed up a steady catalogue of well-crafted, melodic songs that hark back to a time when life was simpler.
They both grew up surrounded by music and continue to take their life-long knowledge of crafty songwriting, infused with their native Irish roots, into whatever music they happen be absorbing at the time.
There are songs of desperation and hope on the new album, which was produced by one half of Jack Whites 'Raconteurs'; Brendan Benson. So expect a truly polished sound throughout, with pristine production and attention to detail, from each mandolin note to every strum of guitar. It makes for a rather sublime listen.
The Passing Of The Night is a storybook of songs to nestle nicely into ones collection, and my oh my is the journey an enjoyable one. If you have The Everly bros, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and other luminaries from that era of music, you will find yourself indulging profoundly on this collection of songs.
Stand out tracks:
Not Now The Warden, Bird In A Cage, Tumbling Line.