Cathal Coughlan’s first album in ten years Song of Co-Aklan is out on March 26th via Dimple Discs.
Irish indie music legend Cathal Coughlan of Microdisney and Fatima Mansions fame will return this Friday with his first new solo album in ten years. Titled Song of Co-Aklan, a tongue in cheek reference to the pronunciation of his surname, the album is typically full of ingenious turns of phrase married to driving and theatrical indie anthems.
The record was recorded in London and features the Grand Necropolitan Quartet whose members read like a whos who of indie awesomeness: Nick Allum (The Fatima Mansions, The Apartments) is on drums, James Woodrow is on guitar, with cello by Audrey Riley (notable collaborator of Lush, The Sundays, The Smiths, Nick Cave, The Cure, The Go-Betweens, Smashing Pumpkins, Catherine Wheel, Moloko and Coldplay).
The album also features contributions from Luke Haines (The Auteurs, Black Box Recorder), Rhodri Marsden (Scritti Politti), Irish vocalist Eileen Gogan, and Coughlan’s former Microdisney bandmate Sean O’Hagan, who subsequently joined Stereolab and formed The High Llamas. The arresting cover was designed by outsider artist Cristabel Christo and originated by Bruce Brand, who has worked with The Darkness and Whites Stripes.
Check out the album below!
Full album credits:
Nick Allum – drums and percussion
Audrey Riley – cello
James Woodrow – electric & acoustic guitars
Rhodri Marsden – bass guitar, bassoon
Luke Haines – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, synth
Jonathan Fell – bass guitar
Sean O’Hagan – bass guitar & vocals, synth
Eileen Gogan – vocals
Andrías Ó Grúama – frictive guitar
John Bennett – vocals & slide guitar
Cory Gray – wurlitzer piano
Cathal Coughlan – Co-Aklan
Mastered by George Shilling
Cover by Bruce Brand & Mary Tee at Arthole
Front cover painting by Cristabel Christo, based in part on photos by Gregory Dunn / Stoneybutter
Composed and deranged by Cathal Coughlan