Society of Sound: The Breath

The Breath by Duncan Elliott

The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for September is the second album by Real World Records signings The Breath, Let the Cards Fall.

“there is no point in holding your cards close to your chest, or hiding your various selves….this is just a document in time…” – The Breath

Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath. They make an unlikely couple. Ríoghnach, known for her work with Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet is a daughter of Armagh who has made Manchester her home. She has a gift for singing, a remarkable voice, a deep elegiac sensibility and a puckish, mischievous character. Stuart, by contrast, is a Mancunian urbanite who’s worked with Cinematic Orchestra and is given to dry understatement and calm confidence. Both seem poised on the brink of revelation.

Let the Cards Fall offers a continuous renewal of hope, catharsis and remembrance, and, as the title suggests, a new willingness to let go. Whereas the songs on their 2016 debut Carry Your Kin were honed over a number of years, Let the Cards Fall is a more organic affair. “All the material has been written at two local gigs, during three days in Hull, and in a basement in Ramsgate and a garden in Reigate,” says Stuart, the guitarist/composer. It was a deliberate decision. For Stuart and Ríoghnach, writing is spontaneous and the words and music come quickly. It is part of what makes their music so special.

Society of Sound subscribers can read more and download the album in hi-resolution audio here

More about The Breath and Let the Cards Fall at the Real World Records website.