Ultan Conlon (from the album Last Days of the Night Owl available DarkSideOut Records)
The muse for Ultan Conlon was geographical as he put together cuts for his recent (third) release, Last Days of the Night Owl. Songwriting took place in two cities, the tunes having dual citizenship as Ultan Conlon put pen to paper on the west coast of Ireland and the west coast of the United States from his home in Santa Monica, CA. A heartbeat quietly thumps underneath a meandering trumpet call as Ultan Conlon travels to “Ojai” in the southern California dreams of Last Days of the Night Owl while guitar strings flutter like the breeze through the open window in “As the Light Gets Low” and thick twang introduces the Country sway and classic harmonies of “Fond Memories”.
Recorded in Galway, Last Days of the Night Owl offers a timeless musical soundtracking for the songs, the playing comfortable, the music creating familiar tones that wrap around a delicate voice catching air on a powerful delivery. A sonic dreamscape comprised of a shy melody and hyper-anxious drumbeats lines “Hall of Mirrors” as Ultan Conlon pleads for love to stay on a slowly turning Country ramble in “A Weak Heart Like Mine” and relies on ragged guitar strums to draw out “Hurt Inside”. A humanness can be found in the stories collected on Last Days of the Night Owl as a marching rhythm saunters into “The Town Square” and tenderly plucks acoustic notes to cradle “The Fine Art of Happiness” while Ultan Conlon takes “The Measure” on a sunshine shuffle that travels from ‘rainy Galway to sunny L.A.’.
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