Album Review of Brigid Mae Power by Brigid Mae Power.
Release Date: Jun 10, 2016
Record label: Tompkins Square
Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock
The previous Bandcamp-based excursions of Irish singer/ songwriter Brigid Mae Power played to both her strengths and intentions. A fragile yet bewitching voice, a spooky selection of instruments (mournful accordion, wheezing harmonium) plus recording locations guaranteed to bolster her tubes and tunes with reverb and vibes – previous LP I Told You The Truth was recorded solo in St Nicholas’ Church in Galway (“with a lot of coffee and rain and hiding from the Vicar”) whilst the Eee Tuts EP sprung from a “huge underground car park”. Thankfully, recording “properly” for Tompkins Square hasn’t removed any of the mystery from Power’s work.
We don’t know what multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Brigid Mae Power has been through. As she is a relative newcomer, there are scant biographical pegs on which to hang this extraordinary, reverberating album, so full of feeling: born in London, raised in Galway, spent time in New York. Power is the sole parent of a young son. She’s heard Joni Mitchell and John Fahey too.
Danger lingers around the edges of the latest album by Ireland's Brigid Mae Power. She made her past records in empty car parks and churches—the kinds of places where you’re always looking over your shoulder. Her self-titled Tompkins Square debut was recorded in Portland with Peter Broderick, and occupies a liminal space made up of droning guitars, metallic piano reverberations, and lyrics that trace some barely escaped threat.