Cormac O Caoimh - Swim Crawl Walk Run Album Review

Cork singer songwriter Cormac O Caoimh has released 4 studio albums to date. He has received a huge amount of radio play throughout his career and that was no different in the lead up to the release of his fifth album this weekend. Swim Crawl Walk Run was released on Friday 15th May. The album has already been named as Album Of The Week by RTÉ Radio 1.

The album begins with You Won't Break Me which is a gentle relaxing opening. When My Kids Grow Too Old To Hold Hands has a Paul Simon's Graceland sound to it. The beat is melodic and engaging and downright enjoyable. Recent single I'm In Need is up next and is still just as beautiful as it was on the first listen.

Desire Lines once again showcases Cormac's undeniable soothing style. His voice is like a pillow for your ears whilst his music literally hugs your soul. The mouthful Swim Crawl Walk Run Ride Drive Fly not only covers almost all forms of transport but it also transports the song into your mind for the rest of the day withs its delightful strings and electro beats. Pocketful Of Doodles is deceptive as the sombre lyrics are sung over heartwarming music.

Slow Love takes a more synth heavy approach with a repetitive beat running throughout. It works well with Cormac's wistful vocals. When Did I Get So Cold? returns to the more laid back style of the previous tracks and is again quite pensive. Untitled is absurdly stunning. It starts in one place and goes somewhere completely unexpected. It flows from gentle ripples to great big crashing waves. The album comes to a close with Building My Ark. It's a fitting finish and features some very nice backing vocals.

Swim Crawl Walk Run is an absolute triumph for Cormac O Caoimh. Every song fits perfectly and belongs on the album. There is no filler here. Whilst the majority of the album is mellow and melancholic, there are some moments of raucousness but it never feels out of place. A truly wonderful album.

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