A new name (they were previously known as Daemon & Airdrie) seems to have breathed new life in to Canadian husband/wife duo IRTH (Jesse Thom and Marley Iredale). Those familiar with their sound will notice and appreciate the broader musical palette on Wild Love.
The track reaches out to their European roots, but where so many acts these days seek out the sounds of the north, IRTH instead take the road west. There’s a Celtic ambience to the song, with Irish folk to the fore. The lyrics mirror in tone the more English folk love song tradition, but these nods to the past are brought in to the present by the vocal harmonies and fresh yet chilled electronic-meets-organic arrangement.
The duo spoke about the inspiration behind the track: ‘This song speaks to the ancestral weaving of two ancient lineages, embodied and emboldened by two human beings who enter into a committed dance of partnership. Written for two close friends, we reflected it seemed to combine ‘Appalachian’ and ‘Irish’ styles – only afterwards did we discover his background is Appalachian and hers Irish.’
Wild Love is out now and can be streamed on all popular services including Spotify and Bandcamp. There’s more information on buying or listening to the track on the YouTube video, or head over IRTH’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts to get more details.
The band say they have plans for UK dates this year, so that’s something for us here to look forward to!
Photo by Megan Adair