‘The Mighty Avon Jnr’ presents A stylistically diverse album “HOLD EVERYTHING DEAR” has been released — Influenced / inspired variously by John Berger, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Traditional Shape Note Singing (We Made History…), the Women of Greenham Common and text-artist Jenny Holzer (Cobra, Dear Heart), Jungle death cults of the 80s (Rapture Me Now), and societal collapse (Steeple Jack Field Holler), historic earth-spirits returning (Underground). Discover ‘Cobra, Dear Heart’ the 11th March in Formula Indie
Written in Valencia Spain and recorded in Dublin and Harlem the record is
cinematic, alternative / quasi-experimental, occasionally spoken-word.
There’s minimal piano and double bass work, choral voices and epic agitdance.
Produced by Daragh McCarthy: HOLD EVERYTHING DEAR was
recorded in a handful of studios in Dublin and Buddhabug Studios in Harlem.
A little guitar in Italy and the whole thing was brought over the line back in
Mastering is by Harvey Birrell (CRASS, Ariel Pink, Chelsea Wolfe, Chrome
Daragh McCarthy vocals, piano, synths
Lizy Teran vocals
Moist Paula Henderson, Dave Smoota Smith & Eric Biondo (Burnt Sugar, TV
On The Radio , The Roots, Rev. Vince Anderson + Love Choir ),
Peter Maybury Dave Redmond,
& Antonio Gramentieri (Alejandro Escovedo, Dan Stuart).
The album title Hold Everything Dear comes from the late John Berger’s
meditation on political resistance; a short book of the same name.
Cobra, Dear Heart is an anti-war dance anthem inspired by The Women’s
Peace Camp at Greenham Common in the 1980s
We Made History But It Never Made The News is inspired by- and hopes to
inspire -the latent power of simple actions by ordinary people. — Channelling
Nina Simone and Rosetta Tharpe.
Underground uses words from Irish author Emer Martin’s novel The Cruelty
Men to tell a dark history of the island of Ireland.
Jibutsu No Fokuroa takes the words of avant-garde Japanese film maker
Shuji Terayama as its beginning point. With vocal guesting by Tokyo resident