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
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' !
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.
…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.
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’.
Love Life – as much as you possibly can.
‘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.
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).
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.
Xfm London - “The
Tycho Brahe are the best new Irish band in years..."