Atlantic North-West, County Donegal
Hatfulls of ear squiggles and anti-lullabies from Donegal-based solo artist Keith Mannion, otherwise known as 'SlowPlaceLikeHome'.
Back in 2011, 'SlowPlaceLikeHome' (all in one word) began to release a series of deftly-crafted EPs (Waiting on the 3rd 2nd chance, 2011; Coastal Hubs for Chivalry, 2012; There Go The Lights Again, 2012; Post Hoc, 2012). Each collection of songs charted his gradual evolution and exploration of new musical creations across a broad electronic landscape and laid the foundations for his first LP. Mannion has also taken the opportunity over the past few months to develop a new live set, performed at Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Vitaphonic, Celtronic and Other Voices. He has shared the stage with a multitude of national and international acts including, WIFE, Si Schroder, The Cyclist and TRUST and with debut album 'Romola', Mannion’s musical explorations have evolved again into a more rounded, complete work: the latest report from the musical dispatches of an inter-stellar forest dweller.
Debut album 'ROMOLA' from 'SLOWPLACELIKEHOME', released on August 11th, 2014.
"One of the finest producers in Ireland and one of my favourite artists anywhere on Earth right now" - Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio 6/ Radio Ulster/ Radio Foyle.
"Donegal-based musician and producer Keith Mannion wears his influences on his sleeve – but he knows exactly how and where to gently push and shove his music. Each note (on Romola) is influenced by the scenic countryside of the Atlantic North West coast of Ireland. ★★★★" - The Irish Times
"‘Romola’ from SlowPlaceLikeHome is an album that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It delivers everything that I hoped for not matter how unreasonable! It may turn out to be a slow burner, but one you should give a chance; you won’t be disappointed." - Dan Hegarty, RTE 2fm.
"Hazy, cryptically vague and full of inventive and adventurous tracks, Romola is inspired and informed by the isolation and desolation of the Irish coast which sculpted it’s formation. Cherry-pick certain tracks and you’ll find sturdy but indistinct pieces of a puzzle; full involve yourself in the record, however, and you’ll find a debut album as immersive as it is impressive." - Gold Flake Paint.
"Made with classic stylings, SlowPlaceLikeHome feels contemporary. It’s a tight collection oozing personality and charisma, making Mannion a luminary in the current scene." - Alan Reilly, State Magazine.
"2012 is already turning out to be a fine year for Irish electronic music newbies and it’s time to make room in the frame for Donegal’s Keith Mannion. Deep, moody, evocative and beautifully pitched, Mannion’s somnolent electronica is best captured on latest EP release “Coastal Hubs for Chivalry” " - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times.
"You’ve heard of the Pacific North-West; time now for the Atlantic North-West. Donegal-based Keith Mannion brings us a set of diverse but finely balanced electronic (semi-) instrumentals. This is heart-on-its-sleeve electronic music, with moments of genuine emotion. That’s not to say it doesn’t pay attention to arrangements though – the signs are that these are meticulously put together. And there are tunes to fall in love with, or even to. Although it takes account of cross currents in jazz and folktronica, it has its roots in kosmische. And what a beautiful thing it is." - Conor O'Toole, WEARENOISE
" Mannion gallivants around the subgenres of electronic, never really committing to any one in particular but common in his palette are wandering instrumentals, treated vocals, ’90s electronica and swirling arrangements. It’s very effective thinking music." - Nialler9
"music that seeps into your skin, swirls around in your brain and nurtures your creative energy like fresh rain at the end of summer. I believe that SlowPlaceLikeHome is quite successful at this. And, he seems to be slowly building an arsenal of tracks for whatever creative mood you might be in." - Digital Mumbles
"...SlowPlaceLikeHome, a project of rich instrumental electronic music which could be described as expansive, pensive and seductive." - Irish Independent