From the depths of the desert, surrounded by the spirits of the Tigua, the band sensed they were walking with ghosts, the same ghosts that sang from the Avonbeg river and haunted the waves that crashed upon the shore at Rossbeigh.
The final track on the record is inspired by a poem that Gar’s grandmother wrote for his grandfather on the night before they were married in 1946. When Gar played the song to his Dad, he filled up with emotion on hearing his mother’s poem brought to life.
The song, like the poem is both heartbreaking and unusual – it doesn’t feel or sound like anything else the band has ever done. They stay true to the poem by using the exact words in the chorus, whilst building out the story in the verses. The tin-whistle solo, played by JPR, adds an old-time, Irish feel to the song.
It’s an emotional listen and the perfect bookend for a concept album that opens up conversations that span the generations.
The Riptide Movement are four lifelong friends from Lucan about to release their first American-recorded album.
There is an authenticity in everything they do. It permeates their sound and defines their approach.
They are dreamers with a plan, on the journey of a lifetime.
This is special.