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Aoife O'Donovan


Aoife O'Donovan's sophomore album, In the Magic Hour-produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case)-is a 10-song album full of the singer's honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Written in the wake of O'Donovan's grandfather's death, In the Magic Hour is her most introspective effort yet, an aching exploration of memory and mortality. In the Magic Hour "... evokes the reverberant chamber pop observations of Grizzly Bear ... [and] the lush austerity of Alison Krauss." This follows her solo debut, Fossils, which garnered worldwide acclaim from The Guardian, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone, among others. For more than a decade prior, O'Donovan wielded her instrument-as the lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still-with tensile strength which The Washington Post describes as being "almost too gorgeous for its own good". She was a featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile, and performed in the folk noir trio, Sometymes Why.
Aoife O’Donovan