Irish solo artist, Pearse McGloughlin, creates tender and haunting songs of forgotten moments and quiet reflection. Dreamy and atmospheric, his work has an organic aesthetic reminiscent of Mazzy Star or Grand Salvo, shot through with exuberant bursts of emotion. His debut album 'Busy Whisper' received widespread critical acclaim and made many ‘Best Albums of 2009’ lists.
Since the release of his debut, the video for 'Ways to Kill Werewolf', realised by Pearse's brother Kevin, won Best Male Video at the inaugural IMTV Awards. In March, Pearse performed a session for 2FM's 'There Is No Alternative'. He also contributed 'Jongmyo Shrine' to the Fast Forward compilation released on Indiecater Records to coincide with the World Cup. October and November saw the release of 'Twine', an EP which was engineered by Jimmy Eadie at Bow Lane in Dublin. The Irish Times welcomed the ''new clutch of emotive songs from the Sligoman, whose Busy Whisper album was one of 2009's understated gems''.
Pearse is currently working on the follow up to 'Busy Whisper'.
Praise for Busy Whisper:
Soft-focused, mellow tunes delivered with quietly assured authority
-The Irish Times
A collection of haunting and deeply mellifluous songs that gently seep about the ears and promise to wander the mind for some time to come 8/10
There are small, fanfare-less albums that deserve to be guiding lights for the aspiring and the jaded … sometimes the most intriguing of talents are on your doorstep 4/5…Harry Guerin RTE
Busy Whisper is exactly the sort of album that should see the LP survive as a format… (it) is a stunningly good debut album that showcases Pearse McGloughlin as one of Ireland's brightest musical prospects (9/10)
beautifully realised, with instrumentation that in many places rivals the words in the war for your affections
Busy Whisper is everything a good acoustic album should be; unassuming and unpretentious. Easily one of the best albums of 2009. It’s refreshingly different and offers a lot more than most (9/10)
- Drop-D Music Magazine
Touching and sensitively unguarded….will simply cut you to the quick.
– Losing Today UK
An immediately engaging performer, whose natural demeanour and soft-spoken asides offer little indication as to the extent of his talent, both as a musician and songwriter.
– Art and Soul UK
Praise for Twine
Singer-songwriters aren’t normally my bag and I was a latecomer to the sound of Pearse McGloughlin but he’s gradually winding his way through my circulatory system with these vitally warm songs of his. Busy Whisper was a great album of 2009 and this year, he kept things going with regular gigs before recording the Twine EP which Spherosphere is taken from. He works closely with his visual artist brother Kevin and the result is fantastic, high-quality art, as can be seen in all the recent videos.
- Harmless Noise Blog
On rare occasions, an artist will emerge who avoids regurgitating the tried and tested formula and produces a truly poignant collection of songs. Pearse Mcgloughlin stands as one of those exceptions.
New clutch of emotive songs from the Sligoman, whose Busy Whisper album was one of 2009's understated gems
- JIm Carroll, The Irish Times
EPs either disappoint, or beg to be played repeatedly. Pearse McLoughlin’s Twine falls in to the latter category
- City Lifers, Manchester