Seamus Fogarty’s debut, God Damn You Mountain, is a collection of songs recorded over the past couple of years, streaked with many different colours and textures: the lush green apples of ‘Appletrees’, the flowing blue waters of ‘By The Waterside’, the sodden yellow t-shirt stranded atop of ‘God Damn You Mountain’. The first side of vinyl is awash with layers of sound, floating over one another, creating an entrancing collage. Spiralling tape loops squiggle next to digital feedback and warped delay, all wrapped in Seamus’s vocals and mesmeric guitar. The last track on that side, ‘Rita Jack’s Lament’, remixes and folds in upon itself to stunning effect.
On Side B everything is stripped back to its core. Seamus’s vocals are left almost naked, shivering without a shirt on their back, next to a lone violin on the title track, while the remaining songs are accompanied only by sparse banjo or guitar, and slight percussion. By the final tune, ‘The Evening Lay Down Upon Us’, everything is brought full circle – with Seamus teasing in samples, and summoning all manner of odd noises and audio ghosts. You’ll want to play it all over again to be sure it wasn’t a dream.