Like everyone I know, I was charmed by the movie Once. My favorite scene was the glowing candlelit dinner where the guests sing after the meal. The last song in that scene, Gold, enchanted me completely, and that's how I found Fergus O'Farrell and Interference.
Each Interference song I've heard is infused with that same magic. I'm not the best person to describe music but I'll venture a tentative 'layered' and 'lush', and a vague but heartfelt 'beautiful' and provide you with lots of links at the end so you can hear it yourself. I do feel pretty confident in saying Fergus O'Farrell has a masterful, evocative voice that can put the listener in whatever spirit or state of mind he wants it to. And the lyrics could stand alone- each song tells a tale, often with imagery that gives pause and stays around long after the song is over. I love Prayer Before A Voyage and the opening lines:
Be my weather
Blow through my like the wind
Wind in invisible shapes about my ribs
And also this line from the wrenching Nowhere, depicting 'the twisted hands weaving Bridget's wreaths.' I could go on and on but I might loose you before I get to the one I most want to mention, I Am Your Man. I first heard this song right around the time I first read the poem The Voice of Robert Desnos, and I like the same thing in them, the visionary narrator grown so powerful by his love that he feels godlike. But I like the song's narrator better. All-encompassing and possessive, he controls the universe and he is everything in it. Here are the lyrics:
I Am Your Man
I'll be your father or your knight of love divine.
I'll be your punishment and I will strip you in the cold moonshine.
I'll be your memory and quitely slip away.
I'll present you with all religion and give you a ring every day.
Cause I am your man.
I'll be unworthy when I lick between your lips.
A slave to show you cowardice, a bold pirate and captain of ships.
I'll be a crucifix when I nail myself to your skin.
I will beg forgiveness from God and gently cleanse your sins.
Cause I am your man,
(Your darling, sweet heart, dear.)
I'll be Lord Byron if you want to be naked and free.
I'll be Lord Jesus if you're caught in a storm at sea.
I will bring you peace to rid your soul of fear.
I will bring you release if you are lost in a veil of tears.
Cause I am your man.
I will ask for nothing...
But a promise for eternity.
And a vow to grant me your body.
And a charge to rule your destiny.
I can't even read the words without short-circuiting. But when I listen to the performance, the voice is in complete control- so commanding and sure that it calms even as it combusts and consumes. Where's my white flag?
You can watch a captivating Interference performance here. You can stream and/or purchase both albums here. A lively, endearing Fergus O'Farrell talks about creativity and his working methods here. This clip would be worth watching even if he weren't totally gorgeous with the pretty blue eyes, handsome face and knee-weakening accent. Honestly. By about the 4th time through I could actually focus on what he says and it's illuminating and funny too.
Interference are playing Radio City Music Hall on May 19th. If you have loads of airmiles and the freedom to come and go as you please, tickets for the otherwise sold-out performance are available on StubHub. Once again, I am hoping for some video footage to surface after the show and I'll let you know if it does.