“Fairy Dance” is a twinkling composition that is able to tell more of a story than a vocal-heavy composition. Karran’s piano work here is delicate, strong, and always interesting — listeners will be set adrift on the compositions that begin his latest release, Forgotten Road. “Angel of Tullagh Strand” is much more introspective than precedent tracks on Forgotten Road, showcasing a wholly different set of sounds and approaches taken by Karran. The track taps out at a fraction above five minutes, but the deft hand of Karran makes it seem as if no time has passed, utilizing a large amount of open space to create something that will resound loudly with listeners long after the composition has ceased.
Two mid-album cuts, “Beyond the Vale” and “Crest of Life,” are a high-water mark for Karran. “Beyond the Vale” is a somber reflection that rises and falls in a fashion that will tattoo itself deep into the psyche of listeners, while “Crest of Life” showcases a composition that bridges the gap between past and present. “As the Foyle Gently Flows” may be on the shorter side of tracks on Forgotten Road, but the sheer density of the arrangement means that fans will have to play the effort multiple times to hear the entirety of what Karran has laid down. Upshot is, Forgotten Road is a bright spot during this cold winter season.
Top Tracks: “Angel of Tullagh Strand,” “As the Foyle Gently Flows”