recorded in various homes by:
keith wallace - audio capture, bass guitar, beat generation, casio sk1, chimebars, electronics,
farfisa vip233 combo organ, melodica, microkorg, mixing, sampling, stylophone, tambourine, thundermaker, toy theremin, yamaha pss170
aaron coyne - farfisa, rhythm electric guitar (6), electric guitar note (12)
cecilia danell - vox (1,7,13) acoustic guitar (7), casio sa46 (12)
annemarie deacy - groovebox keyboard (7)
aaron hurley - glitch guitar (1)
scott mclaughlin - string section (6)
jimmy monaghan - guitars, vox (9)
gary morrison - loud electric guitar (6)
eddie keenan - bouzouki (1)
brian kelly - guitars (3,13), casiotone pt280, banjo (13)
paul o'reilly - microkorg (12)
mastered by aaron hurley
sleeve design by eli watchlake & cecilia danell
RR37: A Rusted Rail Release
Tracknotes by Loner Deluxe
1. winters last fire
We start in the winter. A folky-hiphop tune, sung by Cecilia Danell and with many layers of various vintage keyboards. Eddie Keenan's bouzouki weaves a thread through it all. This song previously featured on one of Cian O'Ciobhain's “An Taobh Tuathail” compilations.
2. west of the river corrib
A musical vignette whose fizzing bass synth reminds me of some Lower East Side NYC proto-electronica vibes from the late70's. A rattling thundermaker and a swarming stylophone also make themselves known.
3. darken my door
So Cow's Brian Kelly drops in on this tune playing electric guitar. A song that'd been knocking around for years finally gets captured on tape. It used to have a working title of a 90's cult TV show, but since that show has since made a comeback I had to change the title, there's still a sample from it buried in there somewhere.
4. watch lake eli
A refurbished track that had lain dormant on an eternal harddrive, I breathed new life into it by adding bass and a synth line. A spooked lakeside soundtrack.
5. moon dunes
An example of my self-named musical genre – UFOlk. I hope we are not alone in the universe.
6. how to sleep better
A rock song with one eye on the highway/autobahn and the other on the 8track tapemachine that's soundtracking the roadtrip. Guitars by Aaron Coyne of Yawning Chasm and Gary Morrison from The Hollows, with strings arranged and performed by Scott Mc Laughlin from Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon.
7. land & sea
A 3 part prog epic in just 3 minutes! Cecilia from A Lilac Decline plays acoustic guitar and sings while Annmarie Deacy coaxed some unearthly tones from her groovebox. I go to town on my 3 euro vintage Yamaha keyboard at the end.
8. magnetic storm
A slow burning electro-rocker: junkshop keyboards, melodica and a fuzz bass weave in and out of eachother creating a rainbow of sound.
9. blue flame
Jimmy Monaghan from Music For Dead Birds layers a bunch of guitars and sings over this stark track which was inspired by a documentary about a deserted American town that's had a coal fire burning beneath it since the 1960's. A tense track, with something bubbling under.
10. echo chamber
Imaginary music from a mid-1980's video game arcade in rural Ireland, end-of-level victory music for a two player videogame that never existed.
11. nite klub ghosts
The soundtrack to a long abandoned night club where the spirits of its former dancers and revellers still patrol the haunted dancefloor and empty corridors.
12. head for the hills
Possibly the oldest Loner Deluxe song, first improvised live as a spontaneous composition in 2007. It's been through many incarnations before it ended up on this album. Paul O'Reilly, Cecilia Danell and I weave synthesizers over this spacey bass groove.
13. summer song
We finish in the summer, and its been quite a journey to get here. Recorded one evening in Brian Kelly's blue seaside cottage, with himself playing guitars, banjo and keyboard over the rhythm track I had written, there's a real hopeful summer feeling on this one, tied together by Cecilia's wordless vocals. I then added some MicroKorg and got a sound that reminds me of the synth that sweeps through Chris Bell's “Speed of Sound”. There's a cool holiday-slides type music video for this song that was shot in Portugal too, check it out to get a real flavour of summer.