Talos aka Eoin French from Cork will release his second album, ‘Far Out Dust’, on BMG on 8 February, 2019. The album’s latest song to be released is a brilliant, visceral track called ‘The Light Upon Us’.
Of the track, French says: “It’s called ‘The Light Upon Us’ but, the idea of the light… it’s not a positive light. It’s one that erases things. It’s blinding. Sometimes things have to be destroyed for something else to be created. An acceptance that things are supposed to die at some point. Everything has an end.”
‘The Light Upon Us’ follows the release of the first single ‘See Me’ which has been featured on a batch of influential playlists (New Music Friday UK, Chill Vibes, Sad Indie).
Following tours with Peter, Bjorn and John and Editors late last year, Talos will be returning to the US this winter supporting Aurora. The band also play an intimate launch party in Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church on February 9th. All tour dates are below.
‘Far Out Dust’ — a stunning blend of organic and electronic music with a gorgeous sense of discovery and wonder — was written and recorded all over the globe, including New York City, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Cork, and Reykjavik. Where Talos’ acclaimed debut, ‘Wild Alee’, was a solitary affair about isolation and escape, ‘Far Out Dust’ finds Talos embarking on new journeys, drawing strength and comfort from lived experience and deep human connection. The result is both his most ambitious songwriting and most sophisticated studio work, a collection that radiates with creative confidence even as it wrestles with the pain of doubt and regret.
Part of that newfound confidence stemmed from the remarkable success of ‘Wild Alee’, which was met with such a rapturous critical and commercial response that French was able to leave his second life as an architect and university lecturer behind and devote himself to touring and recording full time. Hailed by the Irish Times as “a spectacularly assured debut,” the album was met with raves on both sides of the pond upon its release in 2017, with The Independent calling it “stunning” and the New York Times’ T Magazine praising the songs’ “taut, chilling complexity.” The record garnered love from BBC Radio 1, racked up more than 25 million streams on Spotify, made the shortlist for the prestigious RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.
For his next album, Talos knew he couldn’t rest on his laurels, and pushed himself to write some of his most expansive, exciting music to date. French and his longtime production partner Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1) shouldered much of the instrumental load on the album, in addition to working with producers like Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Wet), Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Feist) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire), who also contributed a number of mixes. They then handed over to mastering duties to Emily Lazar (Coldplay, Angel Olsen).
French’s conviction is apparent from the first moments of album opener ‘Boy Was I Wrong’, a soaring epic that builds from a falsetto whisper to an oceanic roar of layered synthesizers and powerful drums. Throughout the album, French conjures up vivid, cinematic scenes, utilizing a broad dynamic range to oscillate between hushed introspection and explosive ecstasy, often within the same song. The steamy ‘2AM’ captures the euphoric rush of a late-night physical connection, while the wistful ‘To Each His Own’ laments the revelation of unkind intention, and ‘The Light Upon Us’ juxtaposes the manic energy of madness and destruction with the eerily beautiful serenity that comes in its aftermath. In that sense, ‘Far Out Dust’ isn’t just an album written in transit between places, it’s an album written in transit between states: between darkness and light, between desperation and devotion, between death and life.
‘Far Out Dust’ Track List:
- Boy Was I Wrong
- The Light Upon Us
- The Light Interlude
- To Each His Own
- See Me
- The Flood
- On And On
- Let Go
- Dawn, The Front
- In The Fold
- Far Out Dust
Pre-Save and Pre-order ‘Far Out Dust’ HERE with instant downloads of ‘See Me’ and ‘The Light Upon Us’.
Talos tour dates:
14/1 – Magnolia – Milan, Italy #
15/1 – Les Docks – Lausanne, Switzerland #
18/1 – Palladium – Warsaw, Poland #
19/1 – VEGA – Copenhagen, Denmark #
9th February – Dublin Headline Album Release Show / The Pepper Cannister Church
13/2 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom #
14/2 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox #
15/2 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
17/2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom #
20/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre #
22/2 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park #
23/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
25/2 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #
27/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
1/3 – Chicago, IL @ Metro #
2/3 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall #
3/3- Montreal, QB @ Corona Theatre #
5/3 – Boston, MA @ Royale #
7/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
9/3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
10/3 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre #
# with Aurora
(Photo credit: Niall O’Brien)