Having been a bassist in several of Northern Ireland’s heaviest-hitting rock bands throughout the years (including Lemon PR favs LaFaro), Belfast-based musician and producer Herb Magee’s latest project is an opportunity to show off an altogether different set of influences. Under the Arvo Party moniker, Magee has been delivering complex and emotionally-loaded electronica/ambient/classical music over the past year; showcasing everything from Lindstrom-esque foot tappers to works more reminiscent of the Estonian composer from which Magee takes his alias.
After a series of Katy Perry-inspired covers, David Bowie tributes and other EPs, the self-titled Arvo Party album is a wonderfully realised piece of work; one which encompasses those wide-ranging influences and yet results in an impressively coherent album. Whether it’s the emotional slow-burn of ‘Grube’, the dark techno on ‘Null Set’, or the theme to The Revenant that never was (‘Thirty Five’), Magee’s influences are all present and correct. Arvo Party is a prime example of an album that rewards repeated listens – we can only recommend you oblige.
Arvo Party and Lemon PR worked together – and continue to do so – to spread the word of the S/T album and increase the profile of Arvo Party generally. Through working together, they have:
- Seen ‘Null Set’ played on The Irish Jam
- ‘Null Set’ played on John Loftus’ Loftysounds show
- Album review courtesy of Irish Music Blog, Remy
- Album review courtesy of State.ie
- Radio play from 98fm’s ‘Totally Irish’ show
- Added to Dublin City FM’s Live Drive playlist
- ‘155bpm’ played by RTE 2FM’s Dan Hegarty
- Album review courtesy of The Thin Air
Since working with Lemon PR, Arvo Party has gone on to be played by BBC 6 Music, remix Wyvern Lingo, be named in The Thin Air’s Top 30 Irish Albums of 2017, Remy’s Top 10 Irish Albums of 2017, and was nominated for the 2017 Northern Irish Music Prize.
Arvo Party’s S/T album is out now on Bandcamp. Listen and or buy it below: