“thrilling soundscapes” The Irish Times
“a thing of great beauty” John Kelly, RTE Lyric FM
Seti The First is a cello based instrumental project spearheaded by Kevin Murphy and Thomas Haugh, Irish musicians long associated with experimental music. Musically, compositions tend to surf the lower end of the string spectrum, with Double-Bass, Viola da Gamba and particularly the Cello featuring strongly. In their debut release Melting Cavalry they have produced an album of sonorous beauty and propulsive power that marks them out as one of the most exciting new Irish projects in many years.
Cellist and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Murphy, was a central creative force in the critically acclaimed Dublin based band Igloo, in the late 1990s. He has also worked with acclaimed international artists such as The Band and Dave Gahan while he has also worked with Irish artists such as Gavin Friday, Adrian Crowley, Strands among many others. Thomas Haugh has released two critically acclaimed experimental records under the mantle of Hulk. He has also played with the Plague Monkeys, produced records for artists such as Adrian Crowley and remixed notable artists such as Efterklang.
Melting Cavalry is the title of Seti The First’s recently released debut album and has already won favour with critics.
“Seti The First (named apparently after an Egyptian King) is an all-instrumental outfit featuring supremely-talented Irish musicians Kevin Murphy and Thomas Haugh. With cellos, double bass, trumpets, flugelhorn, violas and sundry percussion instruments, the ten pieces on their debut album are lush, atmospheric and beautifully-constructed and performed. Not quite classical, not quite jazz, not quite pop, they somehow manage to weave elements of a multitude of genres (including Flamenco and folk) into pieces like, ‘La Bassinette Noir’ which, to these ears, recalls the Morricone-inspired textures utilized by Calexco and Giant Sand.” Hot Press
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