Andrew Combs and his band play Cleere's on Saturday night
Andrew Combs and Band return to Kilkenny this Saturday. In is new album, Ideal Man, Andrew Combs trades in some of the high-gloss finish of his previous work for a trebly kaleidoscope of sounds that underscores a beguiling set of highly-emotional tunes.
Combs, Texas-born and Nashville-based, shaped by his recent dedication to painting as well as the birth of his daughter, says the brushwork increased his sensitivity while the parenting responsibilities seem to have deepened the sentimental connections of the songs to his own surroundings and the wider world.
The arrangements mix psychedelia, acoustic and electric sounds, a handful of classic keyboards and generous reverb.
Along with Combs' sensitive but resolute singing, they keep "Ideal Man" far from any sappiness, despite the depth of emotions.
Opener "Stars of Longing" seems conjoined at the hip with the title track that follows it, both songs forming a sort of statement of purpose.
The first imbues its lesson of "there’s only love" with fuzzy guitars and a cracking snare, while Ideal Man lists hunters, coyotes and drunken poets as possible characters for just a stranger waiting my turn to be somebody.
Ideal Man is an exceptional example of quality songwriting and adventurous musicality as you will find out on Saturday.