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Michael Gallagher
Photo credit Thomas Edwards Photography

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM MICHAEL GALLAGHER

Michael Gallagher’s new tune ‘Rum and Raisin’ is nothing short of powerful.

Instantly I was hooked by the piano tune, and I wanted more; I was expecting it to get more upbeat, but the consistency of the melody with the guitar and vocals made this fantastic.

Michael’s soft vocals bring it all together, it’s emotional but soft, and powerful, with the lyrics telling what appears to be a sad story, but with a positive outlook.

The brief break in the song adds an element of suspense too.

Michael says: “I want to write real stories about real people, with things I’ve both seen or been involved with myself.

‘Rum + Raisin’ relates to experiences I have seen, perhaps where people have ‘shamed’ another person for their particular circumstance when really a little bit of compassion would be a lot more helpful.”

Reading the lyrics, ‘And I just need you here tonight, Comes in all kinds of flavours’ – Rum and Raisin is the perfect title.

The artwork is lovely too, with retro elements with the radios in the background and curtains I’d have found in my parents’ house in the late 90s/early 00s – the grainy effect is alluring and suits the single well.

It’s a short but sweet track, which matches the title perfectly, consistency is key with the track.

If Michael’s future tracks are anything like this, I look forward to what comes next, particularly this year.

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