‘Brother Wind’ from Gnoss - the album, which hopefully follows must be waited with anticipation(March 18, 2018)
Gnoss are a four-piece that have released an EP called ‘Brother Wind’ and as with all EPs the acid test is passed. Which is: Do you want to hear more? Yes you do. There’s a sounded clearly driven by tradition but edged with a contemporary feel that adds a difference that’s well worth a listen. Interstingly, at times I kept hearing a throwback to sounds from a much earlier time but that’s not to detract in any way, it’s just a persistent and rather pleasant echo.
There are only four tracks to savour, so the album, which hopefully follows must be waited with anticipation. The opener is the title track, a warmly reflective piece ‘Brother Wind’, followed by the slightly tongue in cheek vibrancy of ‘The Closet Bodhran’, then a superb take on Scottish tradition with ‘My Ship’, and to close the fizz and flare of the reel set ‘Moul Head’. Watch this band, they have a way to go.
Gnoss are Graham Rorie (fiddle, mandolin) Aidan Moodie (guitar, vocals) Connor Sinclair (flute, whistles, backing vocals) and Craig Baxter (bodhran, stomp).
Review: Charlie Elland