released 13 June 2011
Cian Nugent: Guitar, Organ & Saz.
David Lacey: Drums & Percussion
Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh: Viola
Seán Mac Erlaine: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Bill Blackmore: Flugelhorn & Trumpet
Recorded by Jimmy Eadie at Asylum Studios, Dublin.
Praise for Doubles --
"Nugent smartly focuses on developing a pair of immersive environments that are continuously compelling for more than 20 minutes at a time. He nails it.”
- Grayson Currin, Pitchfork, 7.7 rating.
"Nugent's already mastered dynamics tone and articulation. He introduces each new melody or change of emotional tenor at precisely the right moment to keep you on the edge with him, and his tunes are sturdy and lovely things [...] Mighty good."
- Bill Meyer, The Wire
"Sixes & Sevens" begins soli with light percussion, but at 3:09, the band enters and suddenly we're snatched off the curb for a cinematic drive. With drums, woodwinds, viola, brass and organ, the 24-minute track studies a soul in rapturous torrent.”
- Lars Gotrich, NPR
"It’s just another example of Nugent’s Gemini-like ability to weave in and out of opposing forces with finesse. He has no confusion about his ability to do so, playing with light and dark, buoyant and sinking, fast and slow [..] He is undoubtedly an acoustic master"
- Kate Hensley, Dusted
"An ambitious but unquestionably rewarding record – and one crucially devoid of pretension, too."
- Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times, 4 stars
"Doubles is a complete joy to listen to, ambitious and fulfilling. It sits comfortably alongside the better works of Ben Chasny and Jack Rose, Jim O'Rourke's guitar-centric albums, and John Fahey's latter-day experiments on Table of the Elements."
- Stephen Bush, Brainwashed
"What he’s constructed with these meandering, yet never sprawling narrative pieces is never mere virtuosity or showiness: there is coherence, power and emotional depths within these sinewy lines and forms. [...] It suggests so many potential avenues you can’t help but be excited for what Nugent might produce next."
- Matt Poacher, The Liminal
Cian Nugent is a guitar player and composer from Dublin, Ireland who combines personal passions, such as suburban/coastal
blues, traditional musics, late 1960s & '70s singer-songwriters, jazz ambitions, 20th century composition and the Takoma school into a deeply personal style. His music boasts an orchestrated and fully instrumented sound that is playful and eerie at the same time....more