Idiot Songs was conceived of in 2012 when Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds were discussing possibilities for collaboration. The catalyst for the project was Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, a book they both loved though the duo also gleaned inspiration from many other quarters. The recording took place over the cold winter, when files from recording sessions in Clonakilty and Canada, Sligo and Windmill Lane were exchanged over the internet. The pace was quick; creativity sparked and decisions were made from instinct. The result is an atmospheric sounding record of electronic chamber songs that is now available on Urchin Collective.
A concept album? Yeah. But accessible and fresh.
Critical Praise ‘I’m utterly overwhelmed by the quality of work here and more than anything, long to abandon my place in front of this laptop and, with these songs drifting outwards, want to pull The Idiot from my bookshelf and disappear for a week. It’s a beautiful homage to the empathy and creativity of Dostoyevsky and without a doubt one of the best concept albums I’ve heard in my time’………. Harmless Noise
‘a series of sonic gems (gifted with beats and beautifully spectral spoken-word inserts) that breathe life and art into electronic music’…..Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times 4****
‘the pair…create what the best albums manage to do, an atmosphere exclusive to itself with its own identity’….. Album of the Week, Nialler9
‘impresses on just about every level’ ….Album of the Week, Dan Hegarty, The Alternative, 2FM