‘Here in the Wild’ is a sumptuous piece of music by Ken Griffin (Rollerskate Skinny,Kid Silver and Favourite Sons) and New York pianist John Rauchenberger, with their new band August Wells. A thoughtful, piano and string-drenched track bears the wistful hallmarks of songwriters whose place in a weary world is tempered by the acceptance of some of its fateful twists.
August Wells’ music has just begun to make its mark, but already has been described as; “strange other worldly chamber music”, “Sinatra singing Lou Reed songs” and “a secret marriage of Willy Nelson and Lee Hazlewood”. It could also be described as songs to walk across your troubled heart with . . .
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Based in New York, August Wells arrived in Dingle in December last to record some tracks for RTE’s ‘Other Voices’. Ken Griffin’s deep and smoky tones on ‘Here in the Wild’ bear comparisons with other great Irish vocalists like Cathal Coughlan, while August Wells’ music is definitely for those who enjoy their music tinged with melancholy and moving, mature sentiments.
“Don’t you find it all such a bore,
People like us don’t exist anymore,
We’re invisible now,
Sweet heart we’re free.
Here in the wild.”
‘Here in the Wild’ marks another gorgeous release during FIFA Record’s 10th anniversary year.
August Wells will appear on RTE’s ‘Other Voices’ on May 17.