Early reviews coming in
"Rich, rewarding exemplars of mature, observational songwriting, as though The Smiths had actually grown up and become responsible adults. Shiny Silvery Things positively rings with brightness and charm in a jewel encrusted trinket box full of delightful vignettes and new-found-sounds. There are so many standout tracks that it seems pointless to try to separate them in a spurious order of merit, so I won’t try.
" - 1380 Radio Recommends
"hidden depths and lyrical touches that make the listener sit up and take notice...melancholy and joyous, at once catchy and thoughtful." -Americana UK
"richer in terms of production, and more wholesome whilst also retaining that bare and honest feel. bringing a comforting smile to the face of the listener, but at the same time, tempering that with a subtle moroseness" - Remy: The Best of Music and Film
“In time of constant change, certainties remain. Among them is the music of Cormac O Caoimh.. hook laden songs, superficial simplicity disguising thoughtful compositions, lyrically deep explorations and that all important personal touch that reflects O Caoimh’s music… varied, finely painted and ever-widening illustrations” - Folkwords
“A Rich and rewarding brew. This fascinating singer -songwriter from Cork continues to enchant listeners with his new album." - Sphere Music
"in the tradition of the Go Betweens and Prefab Sprout..what we definitely recommend you do is to put it on repeat" - Gobsmag.nl
Mojo Magazine - February Issue 2015 - **** (The Moon Loses Its Memory)
1. 1380 Radio
"Shiny Silvery Things positively rings with brightness and charm in a jewel encrusted trinket box full of delightful vignettes and new-found-sounds. There are so many standout tracks that it seems pointless to try to separate them in a spurious order of merit, so I won’t try.
The album’s opener, Second-hand Clothes sets the tone for a string of pop pearls that are perfectly rounded and flawlessly shaped. It sets the bar high in terms of craftsmanship, and makes it clear from the outset that no detail is unimportant for O’ Caoimh. The patch pocket poetry of the lyric is stitched to the kind of bespoke melody that, like an old raincoat, will never let you down. Somehow, Cormac O’ Caoimh manages to go on from there with one great song idea after another, and rarely takes a wrong turn into makeweight diversions.
Cormac O’ Caoimh has always had access to a deep well of inspiration, but if he’s thrown a few coins in for luck then his investment has grown exponentially. The sophisticated Silence and Sound, the swamp blues of In The Hollow of an Oak and the insistent Proud are highly differentiated in terms of source and style, but they knit comfortably together on a carefully planned out set of songs.
If O’ Caoimh has rich threads to work with then that is largely down to knowledge, experience and a lifelong love of the kind of pop music that soundtracks our formative years. Yet, for all that, it’s his versatile and heartfelt vocal expression that brings out the meaning in full of songs like Hey You, Tea in My Teacup and Lampshade Lights. These titles may smack of whimsy, but don’t be fooled. They are rich, rewarding exemplars of mature, observational songwriting, as though The Smiths had actually grown up and become responsible adults.
They say that you have to sing it like you mean it, but Cormac O’ Caoimh is such a genuine pop humanist that I don’t think that he could sing any other way, even if he tried. Shiny Silvery Things is a love letter to the author’s own musical past, made in the full knowledge that his next song might be his best work….and the song after that, and the song after that.
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2. Americana UK 8/10
"The fourth solo outing for singer songwriter O Caoimh continues where his previous efforts left off. This is a collection songs that belie their often ‘lightweight’ production with hidden depths or lyrical touches that make the listener sit up and take notice. On the back of the wave of positivity concerning his last release not least from this very website (‘this album is a tour de force’) O Caoimh has his work cut out – not many artists have more than one tour de force in their careers. This reviewer can but think of a couple, if that.
The McAloon comparisons still bear repeating particularly on Second Hand Clothes where the vocal stylings are very similar but also and perhaps more importantly on Hey You wherein it is less the vocal style but more the quality and structure of the songwriting. A delightful song that worms its way into the ear. Perhaps with a hint of the Colourfield too.
Born has an elegiac quality but the songwriting may be indebted to Mark E Everett in its repeated phrasing, whereas Have You Built Yourself Well has a Hothouse Flowers vibe; melancholy and joyous, at once catchy and thoughtful.
The album continues, always putting vocals front and centre over some deft instrumentation and the quality of songwriting. Is the title track the breakout song that lifts O Caoimh out of the shadows and into the mainstream? Probably not. Too idiosyncratic but one of his songs will. One day very soon. Consistently good and evocative – for sure!"
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In time of constant change, certainties remain. Among them is the music of Cormac O Caoimh, although that does not indicate any point of stasis, simply confidence. His music continues to progress, develop and expand ... from the high point that was ‘The Moon Loses Its
Memory’, the latest offering ‘Shiny Silvery Things’ raises the bar yet again. As with previous recordings, this album holds a similar clutch of hook laden songs, superficial simplicity disguising thoughtful compositions, lyrically deep explorations and that all important personal touch that reflects O Caoimh’s music.
‘Shiny Silvery Things’ comes with more polish and comprehensive production - still reflecting the essential intimacy that personifies the man’s songs. The keen observation of ‘Second Hand Clothes’, the powerful attraction of ‘Proud’ and ‘Hey You’ with its quiet reflection, the statement that is ‘In The Hollow Of An Old Oak’ and the frank honesty of ‘Tea in my teacup’ all convey the essence of the man’s songs ... varied, finely painted and ever-widening illustrations.
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4. Remy: The Best of music and film- second hand clothes single review
Like the last album, there is undoubted warmth to O'Caoimh's sound and vocals on 'Second Hand Clothes', it also sounds richer in terms of production, and more wholesome, with the songwriter introducing more instrumentation, whilst also retaining that bare and honest feel. Something which O'Caoimh is most adept at is bringing a comforting smile to the face of the listener, but at the same time, tempering that with a subtle moroseness, almost pointedly delivered in the song's very final seconds.
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5. Sphere Music
“A Rich and rewarding brew. This fascinating singer -songwriter from Cork continues to enchant listeners with his new album. His tunes remind me of summer because of its exuberance and easiness. And that vocal smoothness is my cappuccino. This Irish singer-songwriter has created his own niche in the Irish music scene setting him apart from other styles. His bossa inspired folk pop songs are worth savouring. ‘shiny silvery things’ gives me a satisfying listening experience with its various styles and beautiful production. If you have just discovered his music then you better check out his previous albums like The Moon Loses its Memory and A New Season For Love”
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6. Gobsmag.nl - SECOND HAND CLOTHES SINGLE REVIEW
Cormac O Caoimh, dat moet je geen drie keer snel achter elkaar uitspreken. Wat we je wel zeker aanraden is om liedje Second Hand Clothes op repeat the zetten. Niet typisch Iers (zoals de naam doet vermoeden), maar gewoon een mooi popliedje in de traditie van The Go Between en Prefab Sprout. De nieuwste plaat, Shiny Silvery Things, verschijnt eind april.
Cormac O Caoimh, you should not speak three times in quick succession. What we definitely recommend you do is to put song Second Hand Clothes on the repeat. Not typical Irish (as the name suggests), but just a nice pop song in the tradition of The Go Between and Prefab Sprout. The latest album, Silvery Shiny Things, released late april
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