Imaginary East Of Longford

by Agitated Radio Pilot

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'Agitated Radio Pilot is the mostly-solo vehicle of Deserted Village kingpin, Dave Colohan. This release is an exorcism of sound and emotion, poured out through strained, simple guitar lines and harmonium crescendos. For an EP that is dedicated to the passing of two people very close to Colohan, one would expect the music to be emotionally deep. Colohan is a brilliant sculptor. The centerpiece for this 3" disc is unquestionably the 14+ minute title track. I can picture him sitting alone in his dark room, playing this song solemnly trying to fight back his tears. It is that dense and that moving. Each note is carefully chosen, each chord carefully picked. He is paying homage to his fallen loved ones and he will settle for nothing less than perfection. As this release is dedicated to two individuals, it is fitting that this track is split into two separate movements. The second half of the track is played on a harmonium, and its wheezing, melancholy is the perfect complement to Colohan's guitar playing. They fit together perfectly, and the harmonium further explores the same mood and feelings of the guitar. It's such a beautiful piece that it's hard not to be moved. The two shorter tracks offer shades of despair ("What the Winds & Days May Bring") and forlorn hope ("And Many a Summer Sleeps") and fit into the overall mix wonderfully. Everything about this release is beautiful: the music, the packaging, and the sentiment. I encourage everyone who is reading this to check it out.' 9/10 -- Brad Rose, Foxy Digitalis (10 June, 2005)

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released November 22, 2004

Painted blue 3" cdr on Slow Loris (Slo 4) in a stock paper folded sleeve with handwritten tracklist and notes. Most original copies were additionally packaged in a stapled plastic sleeve.


David Colohan - lap steel guitar, chord organ & bells.

Shane Cullinane - chord organ, bells & recording.

For Margaret Keogh & Louise Keogh.

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Agitated Radio Pilot Ireland

'Colohan seems to have a preternatural sense of the elemental, those dark places we all go to take off our disguises. So many artists have treaded this ground before and seemed insincere, but Colohan's vulnerability, his human voice that presents these unadorned truths without spin or motive, makes me want to listen and believe.' Foxy Digitalis ... more

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