‘A Place To Be’ from Linda Scanlon(May 25, 2013)
I’ve been entranced by a new release from another of those wandering Irish souls, Linda Scanlon - a native of County Wicklow, Ireland and now living in Portugal. Her debut solo EP, ‘A Place To Be’ releases on 1 June 2013 on her own label Foxscan Records. An intriguing blend of styles and influences it holds a subtle magic all its own – the essence of tradition, the spirit of heritage, mixed with the infectious sparkle of diversity.
There are five tracks on the EP each one moving to different places and creating platforms for Linda’s vivid voice. ‘Sailing By’ kicks off with an appealing, violin-led melody as Linda’s vocals touch a country-folk Americana tinge that hooks immediately. The mood changes with the inspired ‘The Scholar’ – stunning tune with yearning lyrics and a simple endearing attraction - the standout track for me. Then there’s ‘Clothes of Sand’ that transforms the ambiance once more, a song that takes you on a forlorn journey of longing and melancholy, and by contrast the compelling energy of ‘Summerfly’.
I have a distinct impression from the breadth of experience, depth feeling and spread of styles on offer with these songs that it cannot be too long before Linda follows this EP with a full-blown album … I wait with anticipation.
You will find ‘A Place To Be’ on iTunes, Amazon and from Linda’s website www.lindascanlon.com
Joining Linda (guitar, tin whistle) on ‘A Place To Be’ are Jorge Carrilho (drums) Rui Marques (keyboards) Anja Brands (violin) Syd Harris (bass) and Joe de Bie (guitar).
Reviewer: Dan Holland