It’s no secret that stranded is a big fan of artist Mark Garry’s work; of both his visual and his music output, but most especially the Sending Letters to the Sea project, which has been listened into the ground. For me it’s one of the best irish albums of the past decade, and one of the very few that I prefer listening to as a complete album, rather than to individual tracks mixed up in playlists – which is my usual modus operandi.
That particular project came about through an innovative application of the Public Art Commissioning fund by Fingal County Council (read more about it on Donal Dineen’s Fresh Air blog here) so I assumed it was a once-off project. To my great delight I discovered earlier this year that a second album was in the offing with predominantly the same team (and a few extras I think); namely Mark Garry, Karl Burke (aka Karl Him), Daniel Bracken, James Broder, Slim Cessna, Sean Carpio, Eileen Carpio , Lucinda Chua, Nathan Hall, Nina Hynes, Jeffrey Inscho, Simon Jermyn, Fabien Leseure, Benoit Leseure and Karla Stauffer. It’s officially released today and I had to share it immediately, even though I’m only half way through my first listen. I’m already a little bit in love with it. See what you think: