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CD Review
Title: A New Season For Love
Artist:  Cormac O Caoimh
Label: Independent
Released: 2012
Stars:  4.5

Cormac O Caoimh is an exceptionally gifted songsmith and classical guitarist from Cork, Ireland.  A former member of The Citadels, Cormac reunited with Art O Laoire and Eoghan Regan for his latest musical offering of jazz/folk ballads, A New Season For Love, which will be officially released on April 27, 2012.  Its sound is one of simple, stripped down production with only keyboards and guitars, but perfection lies within its quietude.  I’m one of the lucky ones who’ve had a sneak preview in advance and the biggest compliment I can give this recording is that I never get tired of listening to it.

As warm and sweet as a tumbler of fine cognac on a cold winter’s eve, A New Season For Love is unabashedly romantic, soothing and sensual with its classical acoustic guitar, poetic lyrics, and dulcet, cashmere vocals.  The significant thing about O Caoimh’s voice is that it doesn’t immediately remind you of anyone else, even though it has been said that his sound would complement records by Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Damien Rice.

If someone were to ask me why I love Irish singer-songwriters so much, I’d give them this CD to listen to as my answer.  A thinking woman’s songwriter, every song in Cormac’s collection not only evokes introspection, but a primal longing for the earthly elements of love, understanding and human contact that makes it irresistible to this quixotic heart.  Charmed isn’t the word…seduced…perhaps.  Losing yourself in hushed, hypnotic tracks like “There’s Gold There Somewhere”, “100,000”, “Counting The Raindrops”, “Herculean Sky”, “Remember When We Didn’t Kiss”, and “Perfect Mistress For A King” (the last two being my favourites) will make your heart sigh with their lyrical splendor and earnest desire.

The first single, also entitled “A New Season For Love” is the most buoyant of this serene symphony, and it will be available on March 16th but you can hear it now on Cormac’s YouTube Channel.

If I was called in
To form a religion
You’d be my god
And if I made the spring
I’d create a new season
Just for us to live in

The axis of the earth
Can tilt more to the sun
And summer can wait
‘Til the season’s done
A new season
A new season for love

If you’re looking for a CD to spin when you need a blanket of tranquility or to stimulate your passion, A New Season For Love is the perfect choice.  Buy it.  Seriously…just buy it.