Rumours of unease is the debut album of Peel-based band, Clash Vooar ( ‘Big Groove’ in Manx Gaelic). The nine tracks are an idiosyncratic mixture, but all share a sense of place.
They tell stories rooted in Manx folklore but reaching out to global and modern themes, flavoured with gaelic singing, jazz inflections, prog rock keyboards and evocative electronic samples, all jammed over the eponymous big grooves.
The album was launched last month at the Whitehouse pub in Peel, an event for which artist Bruno Cavellec, who designed the striking album cover, had also kindly designed an atmospheric poster. The collaboration between visual art and music is exciting and symbiotic; Bruno’s artwork gives the music an extra dimension. Atmospheric and striking, the visual imagery invites speculation and gives potency to the album as a physical object.
Music from Clash Vooar and an interview with members Aalin Clague and Breesha Maddrell featured on Laura Barton’s BBC Radio 4 ‘Notes from a Musical Island’ Series 3, ‘cloak of mist’ earlier this year.
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Artist Bruno Cavellec said “Since music is my greatest passion, album cover art is the real deal for me. Not only do I get to listen to some brand new music before it’s officially released, I’m also presented with unique opportunities to create images often born out of somebody else’s mind which is a nice alternative to my solitary way of working. The collaborative nature of those commissions suits me perfectly as it takes me to places I wouldn’t have visited on my own and adds some diversity to my body of work.
The idea for the Clash Vooar album cover emerged during a meeting with singer songwriter Aalin Clague. Aalin was drawn to the birds and wanted a storyteller figure to catch the listener’s attention. The old baths in Peel appealed to both of us as a piece of deserted architecture near to home and I happen to already have a few bird’s eye photos of this unique landmark. From that moment, I was able to fully relate to Aalin’s vision and the imagery became very clear, I knew then that I was in for a great visual treat.
Once flautist Breesha Maddrell pointed out that one magpie on its own is bad luck, I made the much needed adjustment and completed the piece, playing for weeks with mood and tones.”