by Walter Price
Ireland is a strange place to find remarkable 60’s flavored surf pop. Eoin Dolan seems to not understand the irony in it all and has new EP Something Good with four tracks exploring and celebrating a genre of music that is naturally associated with the West Coast. And there isn’t an once gimmicky pretense anywhere to be found in these four tracks.
Dolan counts Brian Wilson and Syd Barret and you can hear these two legend’s ghosts threaded into the fabric of Something Good but there are also more modern thoughts involved. During my first listen I almost felt that the entire atmosphere should have held tight if followed course of the opening title track. A near pure Wilson era sound and then, after many spins, I got what this artist is doing and it is indeed all good.
Track two “Spain” delights in thoughts of Band of Horses intertwined into that classic pop sound I mentioned and that influence or style continues throughout “Who Am I To Tell?” and the final track “Heavenly Possessed”. All tracks move in and out of what appears deeply personal love, loss, that late night memory machine that haunts us all and quests for hope. Elements too sink your soul’s teeth into.
DRUMS: JAMES CASSERLY
BASS: ROBIN VAN DER KLOOSTER
GUITAR: CONOR DEASY
VOCALS: ABBY REKAS