Wyvern Lingo: Album Review

“We were trying to find a title that would capture a glimpse into our world, what better way than to self-title the album. This is us.”

If you haven’t already, introduce yourself to Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry – aka Wyvern Lingo.
The trio have been circulating the Irish music scene for a good few years now, but with the release of their self-titled debut album you can get ready to hear a whole lot more of them.
The band have always typically slotted into the category of folk music, doing it exceptionally well with their debut EP The Widow Knows. But the beauty of their eponymous debut album is that it’s completely experimental – which some may consider a risk, but if so, it’s a risk that has most certainly paid off.
The tracks on the album have strong influences from folk, rock, R’n’B, pop and soul. This amalgamation had the potential to be a recipe for disaster, but combined with in-depth lyrics and the spine-tingling three part harmonies Wyvern Lingo are renowned for, all these genres blend together wonderfully to create twelve brilliant tracks.

“I Love You, Sadie” – the album’s lead single – was the first time fans got to witness this fusion of genres. It was catchy, it was refreshing, and most of all, it was exciting – a taster for things to come.

Sometimes, strong lead singles can lead to disappointment when an album drops and you realize the singles were rare standouts. But Wyvern Lingo is different. The album isn’t merely great songs with a few standout singles – time, thought and effort has been devoted to each track.

The Bray trio have been friends since school and making music together since they were teenagers. Now in their twenties, they said the songs on the album are “a collection of experiences both separate and shared”. This is another reason as to why the album is so appealing – it’s relatable. Real-life experiences, real-life emotions, real-life viewpoints – all coming together in a unique musical flavour, making it all the more enjoyable.

Although the band’s talents fit together like a jigsaw, each member does have their own moment in the limelight. Karen Cowley’s vocals in “Out Of My Hands” are hauntingly good, and paired with insightful and emotive lyrics, the song consumes the listener. Saoirse Duane’s guitar in “Tell Him” creates an unsuspecting yet totally fantastic impact. On “Fountains”, Caoimhe Barry’s exquisite drumming provides the perfect backdrop for the trio’s superhuman harmonies.

The Irish music scene has been brimming with talent recently, but if you want to invest in one record in particular, it has to be Wyvern Lingo. To listen to this album is to be in the presence of a new and exciting era for Irish music. The only way for this exceptional band is up – and if this cool and contemporary album is anything to go by, expect big things from Wyvern Lingo.

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