Caitlin Gilligan releases her first physical EP on Friday 28th April, via Moon Child Records. The follow-up to 2016’s internet only Moon Child EP, The Painter &The Sky shows off a more mature side to Gilligan’s lyrics. Coupled with lush strings, the result is eighteen-minutes of dreamy Celtic folk-music, best listened to as darkness replaces light. Recorded at north Manchester’s Limefield Studio, with Andrew Glassford at the controls, Gilligan called on the help of some of her young Manchester-based friends, as well as harmonica-player extraordinaire, Clive Mellor, best known for his work with Richard Hawley.
As I Walked Out is inspired lyrically by bursts of poetry and various old folk songs. “I managed to piece together a dreamy story about drinking, love and loneliness.” explains Gilligan. “It’s also about the power of the imagination and how when you’re lonely, sometimes your mind can drift away into the clouds.” Cello and violin compete for supremacy, beneath Gilligan’s soothing vocal. In The Traveller a young girl falls in love with a gypsy boy, a traveller, who teaches her to love the world around her but also makes her realise that sometimes the purest form of love is ephemeral and bound to fade. And that’s okay. Mellor’s bass harmonica is startling on first listen, whilst the mandolin provides the perfect accompaniment to the doubletracked vocal.
The character of Nora Lee in Sweet Nora-Lee is partly inspired by the Woody Guthrie song Hesitating Beauty, where he begs his lover to quit thinking too much and just be happy. “My song speaks of the part of me that is constantly hesitating to travel, to be happy, to do what I want.” Mellor’s harmonica was done in one take; such is his ability to feel his way through a song.
The title track draws comparison to Nick Drake’s Cello Song, whilst avoiding pastiche and comparison’s to Drake’s Five Leaves Left album can be felt throughout the four tracks on The Painter &The Sky.”It came from somewhere inside me but even I find it hard to define. It’s gotta be about love. When love’s got you feeling down and out and blue as the sky, it leaves you floating through life. To reflect this feeling, this song is like bobbing along on a gusty breeze. Steady, but increasingly traumatic.” Pretty harp is the perfect contrast to the bass notes of the cello, as the EP completes its mesmerising journey.
The Painter &The Sky is released on CD and digital formats on Friday 28th April 2017.
Purchase CD here: The Painter & The Sky
1. As I Walked Out 4:22
2. The Traveller 4:12
3. Sweet Nora-Lee 4:16
4. The Painter & The Sky 5:22
All songs written and composed by Caitlin Gilligan
‘…she, like a siren of the sea, draws you into an intimate, and enchanting performance.’ Fringe Culture Blog
‘Turn your radio up, close your eyes and breathe in this record. Sublime.’ ALLFM
27.04.2017 The Painter &The Sky EP launch show
Sacred Trinity Church, Salford