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Man of Aran

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This is not your usual British Sea Power collection, however, it does feature many of the group’s strongest attributes in unfiltered form. Man of Aran is the soundtrack to a film made in 1934 (!) that focuses on the day-to-day survival of the struggling fishermen of Western Ireland’s remote and barren Aran Islands outside of Galway Bay. This mostly instrumental collection — “Come Wander With Me,” a tune featured in a Twilight Zone episode, is the one vocal moment and it’s hardly a cheery one — features plenty of slow-moving sonics that take full advantage of their glacial pace. “The South Sound” is a mesmerizing eleven-and-a-half minutes of slowly emerging sunlight over a foggy wasteland. Singling out individual tracks seems almost unfair, since it’s the album’s overall gestalt that makes for its impact. There are no peaks, just lulling moments of meditational power where you can feel the isolation and its luminous beauty. A bit like Sigur Rós, but a tad warmer.

Customer Reviews

More Sea Power to the British

The album's sound is the spirit of God hovering over the Atlantic; Michelangelo's hand leaping up through the surface of the deep to the sky. Spatial and ghostly.

Who wears sandals to the ball park?

Oddly melodic, beautiful, serene, and combustible.....

stillness speaks

Exquisitely calm, beautifully serene music... my current favorite album before bed or while writing.


Formed: 2000 in Natland, Cumbria, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A sextet from Natland, Cumbria, England, British Sea Power are a rather conceptual indie band -- compared more than once to Joy Division and the Cure -- whose music incorporates elements of art rock and post-rock experimentalism. The group was formed in 2000 by brothers Yan Scott Wilkinson (vocals and guitar) and Neil Hamilton Wilkinson (vocals, guitar, and bass), who teamed up with a longtime friend, drummer Matthew Wood. When Yan enrolled at the University of Reading, he met like-minded musician...
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