‘melancholy melodics (and) lyrics that feel like they’ve been uncovered from a book…’ - The Irish Times
The Soft Animal by Nocturnes is songwriter Pearse McGloughlin’s first album release since the birth of his daughter, and a more personal record than previous works. A transformed creativity and time of reflection has resulted in an emotionally resonant album drawing from childhood and parenthood, and human spiritual and animal nature.
The Soft Animal features Choice Music Award winning Adrian Crowley on lead vocals for ‘Heikegani’; Pearse’s long time collaborator Enda Roche on multiple instruments; Christophe Capewell on violins and Christian Volkmannon harmonica for 'On The Mississippi'. Produced at Asta Kalapa studios by Darragh Nolan, the album was largely recorded in live takes creating a heady organic impact.
A follow-on from his previous collaboration with friend and composer Justin Grounds (a concept album of electronic chamber songs based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot which The Irish Times described as breathing ‘life and art into electronic music’) The Soft Animal is a new departure, in essence an ambient first person narrative. A collection of new age noir, it features meditative atmospherics alongside folk tinged tales of rebirth, the natural world and soft-focused introspection.
The Soft Animal interweaves intentionally lo-fi recordings with rich production to create an expansive range of sounds and emotions echoing influences as diverse as Sufjan Stevens and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.