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THE TYCHO BRAHE
 
 
  THE TYCHO BRAHE (Pronounced: "tie-co-bra-hay") www.thetychobrahe.com have been nominated in this years Meteor Awards (due to be held in the Point Depot on March 1st) as the best Irish band and Carol has been nominated in the best Irish female singer. The winner in best Irish band last year was U2.

2 METEOR MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS : Visit www.meteor.ie and click on the Meteor Irish Music Awards link on the right or text & send VOTE Band 6 - to 53500.

Voting for Best band is open to the public so now is a good time to say 'get voting' !

 
 
Best Irish Band:
Best Irish Female Singer: (not open to public)
Bell X1 Carol Keogh (the tycho brahe)
The Frames
Moya Brennan
Future Kings Of Spain Cara Dillon
The Thrills
Roisin Murphy
Snow Patrol Sinead O'Connor
The Tycho Brahe ( vote here)  
To TEXT vote send the following:

VOTE Band 6 - to 53500

 
 
  The beautiful new double album from The Tycho Brahe

A year to the day after the release of their debut – 2002’s high-spirited, staggeringly unpredictable mini-masterpiece This Is - Dublin trio The Tycho Brahe (Donal O Mahony, Diarmuid MacDiarmada, Carol Keogh) return with the double album Love Life, a sprawling, vivid record that traces the most elusive movements of the human heart and celebrates the incredible good fortune inherent in that most taken-for-granted of gifts, life itself.
Spilling over with a huge relish for everything life has to offer and positively radiant with musical ideas, it is the most thrillingly eclectic, surprising and life-affirming record you will hear this year.

…Or, to be exact, the two most life-affirming records - for with Love Life, The Tycho Brahe have possibly become the first Irish BAND ever to release a double studio album (ie: not including live material). The only other Irish artist who ever dared such an ambitious feat being solo artist Van Morrison.

That Love Life would eventually be a double album came as a surprise to the Tychos themselves. That it happened is a tribute to the trio’s fearsome work ethic and 24/7 spirit of musical curiosity; not to mention, quite simply, how much fun they have writing and recording together. They finally plumped to make it a double when they found themselves with a profusion of very strong songs that seemed to belong with each other and when a totally unplanned twin theme became apparent, Love and Life were born.

The Tycho Brahe are that rare thing, a truly equal musical partnership. A band with three exceptionally talented collaborators - each with their own quite specific musical predilections and abilities - Love Life finds them all on delicious top form.
Like This Is, it was recorded at home by writers/producers/multi-instrumentalists Donal O’Mahony and Diarmuid Mac Diarmada, who with this album confirm their growing reputation as the most musically literate and endlessly inventive songwriter/producers in the country. Their fearless eclecticism and seemingly bottomless supply of musical ideas (a nod to Eno here, a bit of XTC there, a touch of Baba Maal for good measure) are augmented by the singular gifts of writer/singer/lyricist Carol Keogh, whose matchless vocal performances, courageous employment of emotional detail and crystalline, highly poetic use of language are found here at their most heart-stoppingly sublime.
Together, the threesome have become the most formidable and unpredictable songwriting team to emerge from this country in decades.

Want examples? Hold on tight for the breathless, life-embracing rush of ‘Steel Wheels’, which hitches Fleetwood Mac’s classic-pop sensibilities to New Order’s relentless, pneumatic sonic attack. Prepare to swoon breathlessly at the vaulting melodies and sheer lifeforce of ‘Defiance’, an unforgettable anthem for everyone who has ever said ‘I can’t go on,’ and gone on. Link arms and head into the unknown with the summery paean to friendship and adventure that is ‘Lucky The Bee’. And not least, prepare to be utterly gobsmacked by the swinging, irresistible Fela-Kuti-meets-Phil-Lynott block party of ‘Golden Wedding’, whose unique clamour of noises and ideas renders it a true modern classic.

Being a double album as it is, that’s not even the half of it. There’s the brittle rhythm and unexpected violence of Dublin city-sickness anti-anthem ‘Spike And The Wheel’; the dark-hued and glittering creep-hop of ‘Bird Alone’; and the My Bloody Valentine cacophony of tender family portrait and heartfelt life-lesson ‘My Father The Jeweller’.
And of course, The Tycho Brahe being The Tycho Brahe, there are also creepy Roald Dahl scarytales (‘The Sun King’,); lilting, arrestingly beautiful a cappella sea shanties (‘Out At The Pipes’); miniaturised Cinemascope love stories (‘Made In The Fire’, featuring a cello quartet by longtime Tycho co-conspirator Kim Porcelli); and, eh, utter indescribable weirdness, confirming that the Tychos’ deranged sense of fun remains, as ever, in full working order (‘Own Universe’ featuring bells, whistles and Muppet noises and ‘Courtesy For Boys And Girls’ containing backwards “advice” from the Tychos’ ‘extended family’ and live-set collaborators, Kim Porcelli, John Dermody and Dip).
And there’s much, much more besides.

Uncommonly emotionally incisive, sonically one of the most ambitious records to be released in this country in years, The Tycho Brahe’s Love Life, to steal a phrase from the Smiths, is full of songs to make you cry and songs to save your life.

Love Life – as much as you possibly can.

QUOTES:


bbc.co.uk - 'The is a self assured, beautiful and understated album. I only hope that their success is huge but doesn't stop them from making such fantastic music in the future.
Xfm London - “The Tycho Brahe are the best new Irish band in years..."
rte.ie - ‘It's an album that's both playful and serious and has the intimacy big bands waste even bigger cheques trying to capture. There's no set sound or pieces and you get the feeling that this band can steer itself any way and with anyone its trio so desire. Definitely one to listen to and see stars. ‘
hotpress - It’s a joy to hear this miniature cast of local luminaries weave such a wonderful web of avant-pop. The performances are delicate yet assuringly confident and brilliantly produced, mixed and mastered by O’Mahony and MacDiarmada. Carol’s voice is the crowning ace in a strong pack.
Irish Times - 'The debut album is languidly adrift in a sea of its own making. Songs mix with instrumentals. Above everything is the blending of music from Donal and Diarmuid with the words and vocals from Carol.'
irish independent - 'Keoghs singing is often sublime and there are plenty of delightful, intricate moments here.'
event guide - '... a voice that is at once vulnerable, icy, edgy, angry and agile. The soundscapes of O'Mahony and Mac Diarmada are perfect accompaniments in this respect.'

 
 

‘This Is’ - the stunning debut album from The Tycho Brahe

 

What do you get when you combine the startling intelligence and pop sensibility of the former Plague Monkeys with the wayward eclecticism of the nation’s best-known multi-instrumentalist? You get This Is, the tuneful, intelligent, high-spirited, staggeringly unpredictable debut from Dublin three-piece The Tycho Brahe.

The Tycho Brahe are Donal O Mahony, Carol Keogh (The Plague Monkeys) and Diarmuid Mac Diarmada (David Kitt, The Jimmy Cake). What looks on paper like the latest Dublin supergroup, however, is in fact a continuation of a musical conversation begun years ago, when the three first worked together as Low Babies in 1995. It was when Diarmuid moved to Cork that the remaining pair formed the critically revered The Plague Monkeys. They released two albums over three years (Surface Tension and The Sunburn Index) as well as the score and soundtrack for Conor McPherson’s film Saltwater. Meanwhile, Diarmuid went on to plaudits bringing his singular sensibility - not to mention ability to play almost anything - to working with beloved beatbox-songwriter David Kitt and avant-rock iconoclasts The Jimmy Cake.

Donal, Carol and Diarmuid only decided to musically reconvene as The Tycho Brahe as recently as February 2002, but once the decision was made, ideas tumbled together very rapidly. Self-assured without being chilly or exclusive, accomplished and brainy yet hugely engaging, and the most unpredictable debut you will hear this year, This Is was independently recorded and produced by Donal and Diarmuid between February and July 2002 in their home recording studios, free of the time and budgetary constraints a stint in a commercial studio would have inflicted - and the relaxed camaraderie and sense of fun that resulted from the album’s home birth, is palpable on every track.

More significantly perhaps, it also resulted in the album’s fearless eclecticism - a rare quality in a band these days - as their worry-free imaginations ran to post-hip-hop tunefulness (the tragicomic, acutely observed ‘Listless’); rolling string-laden sea shanties (the swollen ebb-tide of ‘Half Mast’); small, cherishable instrumentals that find melodies and surreptitiously-recorded found noises knitted gently together (‘Emily Is Going’); Bacharach-meets-Brian Eno toe-tappers (the deranged yet perfect pop of ‘Hooga Chakka’); echoes of Fleetwood Mac (‘Your House From Mine’) and more… Guest musicians/co-conspirators on the album include Daniel Figgis (on processed harmonium) and string-player-about-town Kim Porcelli (on cello and double bass).

The Tycho Brahe are a genuine cottage industry (of which they’re very proud). In keeping with their spirit of handmade, lovingly crafted music and absolute financial self-sufficiency, Donal also produced The Tycho Brahe’s first video (‘Half Mast’) himself and supplied the band’s website. Meanwhile, Donal Dineen - a longtime fan of all three members’ previous work as well as a known flag-flyer for Irish independent music - has filmed a video for ‘The Internal Life Of Animals’.

When Donal, Carol and Diarmuid decided to form The Tycho Brahe - named after a Danish astronomer who lost his nose duelling over a scientific principle - they decided they would make a record that was completely for themselves - that is, purely for the joy of making, and then listening to, their music. It shows.

QUOTES:

Xfm London - “The Tycho Brahe are the best new Irish band in years..."
bbc.co.uk - 'The is a self assured, beautiful and understated album. I only hope that their success is huge but doesn't stop them from making such fantastic music in the future.
rte.ie - ‘It's an album that's both playful and serious and has the intimacy big bands waste even bigger cheques trying to capture. There's no set sound or pieces and you get the feeling that this band can steer itself any way and with anyone its trio so desire. Definitely one to listen to and see stars. ‘
hotpress - It’s a joy to hear this miniature cast of local luminaries weave such a wonderful web of avant-pop. The performances are delicate yet assuringly confident and brilliantly produced, mixed and mastered by O’Mahony and MacDiarmada. Carol’s voice is the crowning ace in a strong pack.
Irish Times - 'The debut album is languidly adrift in a sea of its own making. Songs mix with instrumentals. Above everything is the blending of music from Donal and Diarmuid with the words and vocals from Carol.'
irish independent - 'Keoghs singing is often sublime and there are plenty of delightful, intricate moments here.'
event guide - '... a voice that is at once vulnerable, icy, edgy, angry and agile. The soundscapes of O'Mahony and Mac Diarmada are perfect accompaniments in this respect.'