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Mercenary records are proud to announce Brendan Tallon’s 3rd solo single ‘The First Time I Saw You’, taken from his forthcoming 11 song debut album “Love In These Times”.
It follows the highly successful opening singles ‘Old Man Superman’ and ’America Strings’ which received extensive radio coverage with the latter being play listed by RTEradio1 and topping their play chart for 2 weeks with its sunny blast of trumpets and timely heart swelling sonic optimism.
If ‘Old Man Superman’ dealt with a universal idea of love for humanity through the notion of self-sacrifice, ‘The First Time I Saw You’ deals with a corporeal crisis of love on a more intimate plane. Opening to a lovestruck groove, Tallon opines on the pain and ecstasy of love at first sight, ‘flames from below, a force from above’. Are these moments of divine intervention or just pure carnal desire, or somehow an intoxicating mix of both? ‘The First Time I Saw You’ follows in its predecessor’s summery sonic footsteps, at once familiar but hard to define and singular in Tallon’s penchant for distilling styles and ideas into compact, hook-rich pop songs. Something beautiful yet disquieting is going on here but ultimately, ‘what’s the use in pride when you get that rush. Is it heaven is it hell, no way to tell…’ As the song builds to a crescendo of apassionata strings only one thing seems certain, when it comes to the old question ‘do you believe in love at first sight?’, the answer is a resounding yes.
RTE national symphony orchestra member Jenny Burns plays Violin with Ailbhe McDonagh on Cellos, Mark Colbert contributes on drums. As with all songs on the album, Tallon laid down the bulk of the tracks in his home studio in Sandyford South County Dublin with additional recording by Frank McGing and Damien Brennan, Keith Farrell (Pugwash, Cathy Davy, Paul Brady) and great friend, the late Gavin Ralston in Silverwood Studios. The accompanying video was filmed at Tallon’s home studio and yet again edited by Rory McDonald.
“Brendan’s talent for songwriting and genre-bending fully shine through on this track, featuring flashing riffs, urban saxophones, floating dreamscapes and heavenly choirs” Hot Press
Brendan Tallon’s debut solo album ‘Love in these times’ will be released on July 2nd.