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In the time that’s passed since 2007’s Christmas-themed And Winter Came, Enya’s influence has made itself heard in a new generation of female artists—from Julia Holter’s classically informed art-pop to the hallucinogenic melodies of Grimes. On Dark Sky Island, the new age icon returns with a set of lush, synth-lined reveries as melodic and mesmeric as anything she’s recorded since her strangely ubiquitous 1988 debut, Watermark. While its gorgeous title track is layered with her singular brand of yawning vocal harmonies and gossamer strings, “The Loxian Gate” is an anthem sung in Loxian—a fictional language invented just for her.  

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In Defense of Enya’s New Single, 'Echoes In Rain.'

In Defense of Enya’s New Single, 'Echoes In Rain.'

Like so many people, (and like a crazy person) I woke up at 3:23 am this morning to listen to Enya’s latest single, Echoes In Rain, broadcasting from the UK. After 7 years, in complete silence, I was ready. When the song began, it was almost like shock took over. I didn’t know what to think of anything. I listened, checked around Facebook and Enya’s official forum, Unity to see what people were saying. Not much. It was early still.

I woke up again later and listened to the song via Enya’s official YouTube channel. Still, no reaction. I wasn’t sure if I was insanely tired, or if it was the fault of the music. I was however being messaged through Facebook of my reaction to the track. I didn’t know. I didn’t know how to feel. The only thing I was sure of, I had to listen to this new song over my regular and amazing speakers. Eventually, I was able to. I liked it. I didn’t love it. I liked it.

During this time I am getting into heavier conversation with longtime friends, and fellow Enya fans. I’m being asked again, what are my thoughts. I say ‘I like it’ taking great care not to use the term ‘love.’ I didn’t love it, not yet. I had an appointment later in the day, and I set up the song on my phone to play through my incredible car speakers. The moment it began, I started falling in love. Never before had I heard Enya’s vocals so clearly. There are many elements of the track that are familiar, and at the very same time, everything sounded new.

Echoes In Rain is a response to Orinoco Flow. It's a song that marks the end of a journey, as Orinoco Flow marks the beginning. It’s a full circle track, with elements and ideas we’ve heard in songs past. I listened to Echoes In Rain about 6 times, turned up as loudly as I could take it. By the time I arrived home from my appointment, I was fully in love with this sound.

There are criticisms about the track, that it’s the same old Enya, nothing new. I completely disagree. I have never heard this Enya before. I’ve never listened to such clarity of melody, such pristine multi-vocals. Echoes In Rain needs a patient listener. I am not one to fall in love with something because everyone else has. I’m a slow burn.

Echoes In Rain deserves a good listen, as many times as possible. While perhaps loud drums would have serviced portions of the song to more dynamic effect, Echoes In Rain is a singularity, a triumph of sonic wonder, a conjured spell that only Enya can create.

Before I leave you…I must turn attention to the lyrics. If there’s anything that stands out as ‘something new’ it’s Roma Ryan’s (Enya’s lyricist) words. Instead of the usual ‘stars, chimes, moons, and midnights’ Roma has chosen from a new group which have been invigorated by Enya’s simple, yet lofty melody, and Nicky Ryan’s perfect arrangement.

JM Prater

Finally!

7 years is too long to have to wait for a new Enya album, but it's finally here next month! Can't wait to hear the entire thing. I'm loving the single.

Love her music but it hasn’t changed in decades

I have been listening to Enya since the late 80s, with the original release of The Celts. She is still a phenomenal musician, and I love her work. However, maybe it is just me, but the vocal overdubs and synth pads are getting a bit repetitious and even monotonous. I know this her style, and I don’t expect her to release a Gangsta Rap album. However, a little more musical variety would be welcomed at this point. I still love this album; however, I am not seeing much difference between this and Amaranthine or A Day Without Rain. Moreover, this work pales in comparison to Watermark and Shepherds Moons. She seems to be afraid of taking musical risks…that is never good as an artist. Would the Beatles have been as great if they just stuck to their “Beatles for Sale” recipe. Of course not, so neither should Enya stick to the same recipe. Speaking of the Beatles, how about Enya recording with a real (live) orchestra for a change—ditch the synths on a few tracks.

Biography

Born: May 17, 1961 in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, Ireland

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With her blend of folk melodies, synthesized backdrops, and classical motifs, Enya created a distinctive style that more closely resembled new age than the folk and Celtic music that provided her initial influences. Enya is from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, which she left in 1980 to join the Irish band Clannad, the group that already featured her older brothers and sisters. She stayed with Clannad for two years, then left, hooking up with producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, with whom...
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Dark Sky Island (Deluxe), Enya
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Nov 20, 2015

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