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Aidan O’Rourke

AIDAN O’ROURKE  
Imprint EP Series 2.0
REVEAL057CDX / REVEAL057DDX
RELEASED FEBRUARY 19 2016

Imprint is the second in a series of eps from the internationally acclaimed multi award winning Scottish fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke (Lau, BBC Folk Musician of the Year 2014).
Written and recorded with Anna Meredith - laptop, percussion (former composer in residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Sinfonia Viva), Tom Rogerson (Three Trapped Tigers) - piano, keyboards and John Blease drums, percussion (Goldie, Ghostpoet, Heritage Orchestra, Antony & The Johnsons). The follow up to his 2015 released and widely acclaimed Music For Film & Exhibition EP Series 1.0.

IMPRINT
verb
1. to produce a mark or pattern on a surface
2. to impart a strong or vivid impression
3. to fix firmly as in the mind

‘’A magical environment: The Cabrach, Strathbogie and Strathdeveron valleys. Uncovering places that were central to earlier settlers of the land – crofters, the Picts and the nameless peoples of deeper prehistory.
This music is inseparable from the flows of landscape change and the fusion of history and place”
(Gordon Noble - University of Aberdeen)

“Few contemporary musicians in any category can match either his artistic ambitions or his achievements in bringing them to fruition” (Scotsman)

“O’Rourke’s music – both his writing and playing – is unfailingly strong and imaginative”
(The List)

A thrilling live performer Aidan O’Rourke (a member of the UK’s most musically adventurous folk trio Lau) has secured a place at the very forefront of the modern music scene. He has been performing, writing and releasing consistently creative music (that has a reach far beyond folk) for over a decade. Aidan O’Rourke won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year 2014 before recording and touring the hugely acclaimed new Lau album The Bell That Never Rang (produced by Brooklyn artist Joan As Police Woman), co-curating a three day festival (Lau-Land) featuring a collaboration with Tinariwen and shows by Sun Kil Moon and electronic music pioneers Plaid. All that before recording and writing Imprint in Scotland through the spring and summer of 2015.

‘Visionary in that it plays on your mind’s eye and promotes visions and as such lives up to its title admirably. Where Aidan will take us next is anyone’s guess but Music For Exhibition & Film sets down a serious marker, it’s extraordinary’  - Album of the Month FRUK
(FolkRadio.UK.co.uk)
 
  
“Confident free-thinking music that will enthrall”
(Sunday Herald)
 

Tracklisting
1.The Burn of the Shelter
2.Wolf Monk
3.Rhynie
4.The Cabrach
5.The Ardlair Tuning Fork

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Guest artist on over 200 albums

Selected discography includes:

Aidan O’Rourke – Sirius (Vertical) 2006
Lau – Lightweights and Gentlemen (Reveal Records) 2007
Lau – Live (Reveal Records) 2008
Aidan O’Rourke – An Tobar (Navigator / Reveal) 2009
Lau – Arc Light (Reveal Records) 2009
Lau vs Karine Polwart EP (Lau Scotland) 2010
Lau vs Adem EP (Lau Scotland) 2011
Kan – Sleeper (Kan Music) 2012
Lau – Race The Loser (Reveal Records) 2012
Aidan O’Rourke – Hotline (Reveal Records) 2013
Lau – Remixed (Lau Scotland) 2013
Aidan O’Rourke – Music For Exhibition & Film (Reveal Records) 2015
Lau - The Bell That Never Rang (Reveal Records)

 

Selected Awards include: 
Instrumentalist of the Year, Scots Trad Music Awards 2006
Best Group (Lau) BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008
Best Group (Lau) BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009
Best Live Act (Lau) Scottish Trad Music Awards 2009
Best Group (Lau) BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010
Composer of the Year STMA 2011
Best Group (Lau) BBC Folk Awards 2013
Musician of the Year BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

Aidan O'Rourke what they say..

“Few contemporary musicians in any category can match either his artistic ambitions or his achievements in bringing them to fruition” (Scotsman)

“What a unique and extraordinary fiddler he is” (Channel4.com)

“O’Rourke is a dazzling fiddler in any setting” (Scotland on Sunday)

“A hugely imaginative work with a total disregard for musical boundaries” (Spiral Earth)

“O’Rourke’s music – both his writing and playing – is unfailingly strong and imaginative” (The List)

“Quite frankly, the best band in the world right now” (Channel4.com)

“Lau are a remarkable band - exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best” (The Guardian)

“Confident free-thinking music that will enthrall” (Sunday Herald)

 'Visionary in that it plays on your mind’s eye and promotes visions and as such lives up to its title admirably. Where Aidan will take us next is anyone’s guess but Music For Exhibition & Film sets down a serious marker, it’s extraordinary'  Album of the Month (FolkRadio.UK.co.uk)

Lau

BRAVELY ADVENTUROUS - THE BEST BAND IN THE UK

***** THE GUARDIAN

CAPTIVATING, EXQUISITE, STUNNING - LAU EVOLVE NATURALLY THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION

***** SONGLINES

LAU CONSISTENTLY SET THE STANDARDS FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW

ALBUM OF THE MONTH FOLKRADIO.CO.UK

BREATHTAKING AND CONSISTENTLY CAPTIVATING - CLOSE THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR POLLS NOW WE HAVE A WINNER!

BRIGHTYOUNGFOLK.COM

LAU CREATE UNPRECEDENTED MELODIES, RHYTHMS AND TEXTURES - WHAT PURE, FLOWING, EUPHORIC MUSIC THIS IS THE HERALD BREATHTAKING, INTRICATE, UNPREDICTABLE YET COHESIVE - GENUINELY EXCITING

fROOTS

'The most musically adventurous trio in British folk...exquisite and hypnotic musicianship at its best' THE GUARDIAN ***** (5-stars)

'They have picked up three consecutive awards for best group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and for their third album, messrs Drever (vocals, guitar), Green (accordion, Wurlitzer, electronics) and O’Rourke (fiddle) have inveigled American producer Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, REM, Laura Veirs) to invest their sound with touches of electronica, post-production splicings and special effects. It works brilliantly in terms of the music –the sounds and spaces of album opener ‘Saint Monday’ are striking' SONGLINES ***** (4-stars)

 

'(Lau) deserve their garlands...an innovative, beautifully realised album' THE OBSERVER **** (4-stars)

'the intuitive and often beautiful interplay of accordion, fiddle and guitar glides to a new level as instrumental virtuosity blends easily with tasteful electronics' MOJO **** (4-stars)

'Lau have stretched boundaries with their intricate interplay of fiddle, accordion and guitar...Numbers change pace, shape-shift and surprise on a classy, beguiling creation' UNCUT 8/10

Welcome To Lau-Land Folk Festival Of The Week THE INDEPENDENT

'Race the Loser ends as it begins, which makes it even more impressive: an album for alternative music lovers as much as folk fans, brimming over with intoxicating, mesmerising music'

BBC Music

'Quite unlike anything else out there, Lau have knocked their traditional roots squarely into the mainstream and along the way created some music of stunning complexity and beauty'

ACOUSTIC

'(Lau) carry something inherently individual in their sound which, whilst hard to pin down, certainly makes for some seriously enjoyable listening'

BUZZ **** (4-stars)

'a trio of rooted, masterly and open-eared musicians ready to innovate'

fROOTS

'(Race The Loser) pushes the boundaries of folk even further...a confident, assured record from a group stretching themselves and achieving great things'

MORNING STAR

'How do they do it? Another album of distinctive music drawn from the well of Scottish song and fiddle traditions...(but) combining spartan, almost barren soundscapes with the most luxuriant arrangements, often on the same track!'

THE LIVING TRADITION

'Much more experimental than previous albums, some listeners may not find (Race The Loser) making an immediate impact. However, it is definitely worth persevering - this album is a real grower' helly Rainey, bright young folk '(Lau is) a band who are unafraid to experiment and innovate - This is what we need more of, chuck out those templates and defy our expectations.'

Spiral Earth

'The Scottish trio Lau plays high-intensity, largely instrumental music...At its best it buzzes full of the natural light from which the band derives its name'

FT Arts Section

 

 

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