+ Jennifer Evans.
Choice Music Prize Nominees.
It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever) is the haunting, ambitious and spine-tingling debut album from Irish trio Brian Cash, Elis Czerniak & Tim Czerniak, collectively known as Halves.
The record is currently nominated for the 2010 Choice Music Prize.
The Irish Times Album Of The Week “a debut that works from its first moment to its last…music that belongs to the witching hour” ****
The Irish Independent “hauntingly brilliant” ****
Hot Press “the kind of considered, ambitious album that most other bands spend their entire career trying to conjure” 41/2/5
Recorded in the legendary Hotel2Tango studios in Montreal (housed in a former alarm factory beside a freight railroad) and tracked over two sunny weeks in August of 2009, It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever) was created with the use of the studio’s vast collection of instruments, amps, organs, effects (most of which dated from 1930’s-1980’s). Eleven songs were recorded live, in one large room on 2″ reel-to-reel tape by Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), Howard Bilerman and Radwan Moumneh.
On returning to Ireland additional recording resumed with Richard McCullough in the band’s own studio ‘The Windfarm’ and in various locations nationwide. Guest performers on the record include: Amy Millan (Stars/Broken Social Scene), Katie Kim, Phil Boughton (Subplots), Canadian harpist Elaine Kelly-Canning, Irish Chamber brass and string players and twenty-seven members of the Kilkenny choir.
The album’s title ‘It Goes, It Goes’ refers to a signal the band were given by their engineer one day that the tape machine was rolling, making them laugh and ruin the take. A relaxed creative environment, Hotel2Tango also came with in-studio dogs trained to stay quiet when the recording light was on!
Listen to the stunning ‘Darling, You’ll Meet You Maker’ here http://soundcloud.com/halves/darling-youll-meet-your-maker
One of Ireland’s most intriguing acts, Halves blend a vast range of instruments, acoustic and electronic, to create an evocative, cinematic live experience. Their three releases to date have met with universal critical success, as well as earning them ardent fans from Tokyo to Seattle. Their live show is truly captivating; a mix of synched visuals, strings, brass, and electronics, anchored by soaring guitars and live drums. In 2009 Halves made their debut TV performance, topping the viewers choice poll on RTE’s ‘Other Voices’ series. More recently the band played four shows at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas to great response, and have also played Eurosonic, Canadian Music Week and London Calling. Halves have supported British Sea Power, 65 Days Of Static, Dungen and The Middle East, and were voted as having produced one of the finest Irish releases of 2007 with their first EP by influential Irish blogger Nialler9.
It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever) is out now on HATEISTHEENEMY Records on CD and Deluxe gatefold vinyl (includes free mp3 download).