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The avant-pop project of two composers and Pete Devlin, and Jamie Thompson (ADJUNCT! Ensemble, James Joys), Ex-Isles’ startlingly beautiful protest songs marry the fringe-pop sensibilities of David Sylvian and Scott Walker with their own unique takes on songwriting and producing.
Their self-produced debut album Luxury Mass was released in 2018. A record about borders, thresholds, and solidarity with the displaced, it earned critical acclaim across the UK and Ireland.
In 2019 they were commissioned by theatre company Dumbworld to write and perform the music for dance opera A Different Wolf, which saw Pete performing as part of dance company Junk Ensemble and Jamie MDing the show with members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and local children’s choirs. It was performed at Cork Opera House as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.
In 2019 they co-produced second album Domestic Sacraments with Dave Lynch at Echo Zoo Studios that expanded their sound into a full band, replete with strings, backing singers, saxophones, and Echo Zoo Studio’s enviable collection of synthesisers. It will be released in 2022.
An EP and third album is on the way which sees them expanding their sound again into a more improvisatory approach to writing and recording in collaboration with a quartet of experimental jazz musicians. Alongside this, they will both release respective solo works in 2022.
Interview with Ex-Isles
“Tug-o’-wars between despair and warmth, the political and intimate give Luxury Mass its vital edge” – The Quietus
“One of the strongest debuts from an Irish act…Masterfully nuanced and politically-minded expansive chamber pop” – The Thin Air