From Which We Were Raised is the first full album from Dubliner Greg O’Brien, who takes us through his memoirs equipped with guitar, drum machines, synth and organ sounds.
It’s an endearing mix of folk and electronica, O’Brien’s almost-spoken vocals are full of melancholy, spread over stark programmed beats reminiscent of the likes of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (but with added ambiance). At times the meandering narratives and loops get a bit monotonous, but highlights like Separate Rooms and New Year’s Sky help to vary the of pace, full of melody and atmosphere.
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It’s an intimate collection of songs, full of honesty and charm – the electronic tones pointing the songs in an interesting direction far from the singer-songwriter cliches that once seemed dime-a-dozen among local solo acts.