I’m very excited about Cloud Castle Lake releasing their debut album – that’s set to happen early 2018 via Bright Antenna Records. The Dublin foursome’s Dandelion EP in 2014 is one of the best releases of the decade so I have high hopes, which have only been stoked by ‘Twins‘ and now the six-minute-plus ‘Bonfire’. A slow-paced, atmospheric couple of minutes showcasing Daniel McAuley’s fabulous falsetto mutates into an almost haunting experience He says: “‘Bonfire’ is based around a pretty simple melody I came up with a few years ago. I kept being drawn back to it periodically and steadily adding and expanding it until it grew out into a full song. Writing it felt like a meditative task – what I’d imagine knitting a scarf is like. The choir parts were performed by our pals Tonnta, a contemporary choral group from Dublin. The giddiest day of recording for me was probably the first day they came in and sang through their parts. Getting to hear such talented musicians turn all that midi data and notation into music feels like magic. The lyrics have to do with doubt and denial and keeping secrets. They’re very loosely based on an old Irish/Welsh myth about rival tribes trying to find out the secret name of the other’s god in order to defeat them.”