THE CASANOVA WAVE
Hailing from the seaside village of Tramore in Co. Waterford, Ireland, The Casanova Wave is the creative outlet of Brian McCartan. Emerging as one of Ireland’s brightest electronic acts in the Autumn of 2010, the ‘shimmering, chiming electro-pop’ on his eponymous debut EP was described by Jim Carroll of The Irish Times as “leaving you wanting more”. It wasn't long before Brian’s unique style of music and live performances began to enrapture audiences as he began the first tentative steps into the festival and gig circuit. His sound could be described as a happy-go-lucky mix of warm electronica complemented with live instrumentation and an array of looped sounds. In many respects his sound is a reflection of summer with melodies that burst with bouncing rhythms, bright guitars and pulsing synths.
Named as one of The Irish Times’ 'Best Irish Acts of 2010', Whelan’s ‘Ones to Watch 2011’ and State Magazine’s ‘Faces of 2011’, 2011 was indeed a breakout year for The Casanova Wave with barnstorming appearances at a number of Irish music festivals including Vantastival, Spraoi and Castlepalooza (the latter chose his track The Casanova Wave as their 2011 radio theme tune).
2012 saw the release of his debut full-length album ‘Joy of Being’ (CD, Download) which was named as Dan Hegarty of RTE 2FM's album of the week and was selected as one of Deezer's exclusive Irish releases. Since then Brian has played numerous festivals across Ireland, including Sligo Live, Boyle Arts, The Camden Crawl, Féile na Bealtaine, Hard Working Class Heroes and Body & Soul.
2014 sees the release of the Sundown Yellow Moon EP.
SUNDOWN YELLOW MOON
Sundown Yellow Moon is the new 4-track EP from The Casanova Wave featuring collaborations with Biggles Flys Again, In The Willows, Damo Tubritt, Eoin Dalton and Sarah Grimes. The album cover illustration is by Jacob Stack.
In Brian's own words, Sundown Yellow Moon is "a collection of songs about relationships, romantic or otherwise, and particularly the (thus far) seemingly cyclical nature of them, wondering why that is, and wondering is that how its always going to be?"
Sundown Yellow Moon continues The Casanova Wave's exploration of electronic music with a deeper, more textured production, following debut album Joy of Being (2012) and debut self-titled EP The Casanova Wave (2011).
PRAISE FOR THE CASANOVA WAVE
"a nuanced pop gem" - Nialler9
"One of the finest up n’ coming electronic artists in the country, without question." entertainment.ie
"Waterford lad Brian McCartan’s one-man band is all about enticing, playful and bright sounds and tunes. His five-track debut EP will have you humming and wanting more... shimmering, chiming electropop" - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
"Imagine what Four Tet would make after waking up in a house on a hill on a tropical Island and opening the curtains." - popgoestheradio
"... a positive blend of chirpy beats, sounding like hand claps and smiley faces, with a tremendously danceable element throughout. In short, the perfect soundtrack to a sunny day." - Stop The Lights
"The Casanova Wave makes music that Wild Nothing would die for... I wasn't expecting to fall for anything as quickly as I fell for this.... one of Ireland’s, brightest musical prospects" - The Point Of Everything
“We love The Casanova Wave and this joyous and upbeat take on electronica” - RADIO CAROLINE UK