“Third album hits the high notes… pop songs disrupted by beautiful, subliminal touches” – The Irish Times 4****
“Dear Chaos … envelop(s) the listener in a world that finds definition with turbulence” – The Last Mixed Tape Recommends
New York, NY (October 7, 2022) – Irish artist Talos today releases his long-awaited third album, Dear Chaos – a beautiful, expansive work that features the singles ‘All Ours’, ‘dance against the calm’, ‘KITES’ and the sublime ‘Crows’, featuring Lisa Hannigan, which closes the album. The 11-track record, out via BMG, is available on digital, CD and limited clear vinyl.
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Talos on Dear Chaos: “It’s about loss and grief and isolation. Not because of what was going on in the world, but… I was basically on my own for two years, in a rural part of West Cork. Not really speaking to the outside world. I threw out an album and started again. And ended up with a record that’s a very personal internal dialogue. So there’s a madness to the record.”
“It’s a death and a rebirth at the same time,” Talos adds. “Everything had to die for me to be able to make it. The main thing I learned over the making of the record was a growing sense of indifference around people’s attitude to destruction, and their capacity to destroy things. That’s what the title implies — finding not comfort but indifference in a particular type of situation/madness. And it’s something to do with getting older. You become more aware of things coming and going. We are all very flawed.”
The album – featuring artwork based on the painting “The Fall Of Icarus” by Pieter Breugel – was written and recorded over a tumultuous two-year period, largely coming to life in west Cork, where Talos is based. Featuring contributions from long-time production partner Ross Dowling; producers Brian Joseph and and Icelandic composer Atli Örvarsson – and a first ever cover, in the shape of Brian Eno and John Cale’s ‘Spinning Away’ – Talos describes it as a record that “sounds like a place.” He adds: “I make music visually. It’s image-based in my mind. These stories are cast out across the cliffs, the landscape, the roads. It’s all in there.”