New album by The Breath out now

The Breath's second album Let The Cards Fall is out now. Following their 2016 debut Carry Your Kin, it was recorded and mixed at Real World Studios in during the Winter of 2017/18.

The album is bewitching collection of songs that journeys from lush, beguiling storytelling to uplifting, punch-the-air anthems. Allowed to mature and breathe without losing the widescreen, multi-textured kaleidoscope of sound that marked their debut, Let the Cards Fall refines The Breath‘s unique Manchester take on alt-folk.

Read Neil McFadyen’s review of the album on Folk Radio UK.

The band was formed on the hotbed of Manchester’s live music scene, and merges a range of music influences, including jazz and Irish folk. Singer Ríoghnach Connolly and guitarist/ producer Stuart McCallum talk about the process of writing and recording the new album in a series of video clips on our YouTube channel.

Several of the songs on Let The Cards Fall had their beginnings at one of the band’s regular gigs in Manchester, including ‘Let It Calm You Down’, which comes from a totally improvised moment one night during a set at Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club that they just happened to be recording. Ríoghnach’s lyrics address ‘my soul mate in the crowd, the only bastard that can calm me.’ In the video clip below, Ríoghnach and Stuart look back on that night.

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How Ríoghnach's Welsh Adonis, Ellis, inspired the lyrics to 'Let It Calm You Down'

Let The Cards Fall is available in 24 bit high-res audio as September’s Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release.

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Tour Dates

15 July BUXTON Buxton International Festival
4 Oct HULL University of Hull
9 Oct CARDIFF Acapela Studios
30 Oct NORWICH Norwich Arts Centre
31 Oct LONDON the Nest Collective at the Old Queens Head
1 Nov BRISTOL Trinity Centre
8 Nov BRIGHTON Komedia
9 Nov NOTTINGHAM Metronome
13 Nov MANCHESTER The Deaf Institute

Featured Release

  • Let The Cards Fall

    The Breath

    Released 14 September 2018

    A bewitching collection of songs that journeys from lush, beguiling storytelling to uplifting, punch-the-air anthems. Allowed to mature and breathe without losing the widescreen, multi-textured kaleidoscope of sound that marked their debut, Let the Cards Fall refines The Breath's unique Manchester take on alt-folk.

By Online Editor

Published on Fri, 14 September 18

Further reading

Society of Sound: Joonas Haavisto

Joonas Haavisto is a Finnish pianist and composer. His compositions are based on beautiful melodies,...

New album by The Breath out now

Let The Cards Fall is the follow-up to the band's 2016 debut Carry Your Kin

Real World Sessions: Remmy Ongala & Super Matimila, 17 August 1991

Rupert Hine and Stephen W Tayler look back on the 1991 session which yielded Remmy Ongala's 'Mambo'.

Real World Sessions: Totó la Momposina, 20 August 1991

A look back on The Wood Room session with producer Phil Ramone and mix engineer Richard Blair.