03. I Am A River
05. Early Morning
06. Out There
07. Dead Of Night
08. Star Of Doolin
11. Peace Rains
All songs written and composed by Luka Bloom and Simon O'Reilly
Except for Early Morning, written by Simon O'Reilly
© 2007 Luka Bloom / Simon O'Reilly IMRO-MCPS
Except track #5 © 2007 O'Reilly IMRO-MCPS
Luka Bloom - Vocals and Spanish Guitar on Tribe, Lebanon and Star of Doolin
Simon O'Reilly - Electric, Acoustic Guitars, Mini Moog, Keyboards,
Bodhrán on Out There, and programming
Robby Perry - Percussion and Drums
Eimear O'Grady - Cello
Jon O'Connell - Double Bass on Lebanon and Early Morning
Kenneth Edge - Soprano Saxophone and Clarinet
David Odlum - Keyboards on Beara and a few other tracks
BJ Cole - Pedal Steel Guitar on Change and Dead Of Night
Guy Jackson - Additional Keyboards on Dead Of Night
Yvonne Casey - Fiddle on Star Of Doolin
Robbie Moore - Backing Vocal on Tribe
Andrew Oldman - Additional Keyboards on I Am A River
Recorded at Simon's recording studio, County Clare, by Simon O'Reilly.
Mixed at Black Box in France by David Odlum.
Mastered at Marcussen Mastering, Los Angeles by Louie Teran.
Produced by Simon O'Reilly
Artwork coordinated by Turlough Rynne at Point Blank Media.
All photographs taken by Luka Bloom.
Special thanks to Brian Masterson, Ian Burgess, The Walls, Tom, Zulu, Steve,
Phil, Eamon O'Reilly, BJ Cole and Guy Jackson.
"I hope that you at this moment will think of yourself as a human being
rather than as an American, Asian, European, African, or member of any
particular country. These loyalties are secondary. If you and I find common
ground as human beings, we will communicate on a basic level."
Thus spoke the Dalai Lama.
These words are a good way to describe how I feel about this new record
TRIBE, and especially the title track.
In Autumn 2005, I was sent a copy of Tide Lines,
an album of original instrumental music composed and recorded by
Simon O'Reilly. It's a lovely record,
but I immediately was intrigued with the possibility that Simon and I might do some work together.
I visited Simon's studio in County Clare, and we hit it off. So over the
next months Simon created music and sounds, and posted them to me
to my home in Kildare. Not once did we sit and play together. I listened to
Simon's sounds and created lyrics and vocal melodies based on his music.
After about 6 months, we felt we had enough material to make a record.
At this point, I invited
to mix the record and record the vocals. David has recorded The Frames
and Gemma Hayes and many others for years. He works in Black Box, a
remarkable rural studio in France.
The result is TRIBE, a unique project in my working life. I play guitar
on only 2 tracks. Simon produced and co-wrote the record with me; and
we also have some lovely guest performers, including a recording debut of
my son Robbie, who does a cool backing vocal on the title track!
from an interview with db Magazine
...Luka Bloom has constantly changed his persona and continues to do so on his new
album 'Tribe' - written in tandem with Dubliner, Simon O'Reilly - suggesting
something new musically whilst further investigating his well known political beliefs. With
its suggestion of both ambient and film music, the new album could perhaps be best
described as introspective and subliminal in feeling - an idea with which Bloom concurs
when chatting prior to his latest round of concerts from his home in Ireland.
"That is an interesting way to describe it," he suggests. "It's the kind of
record that I have wanted to make for years. I've always had a bit of a strange affection
for pretentious music and electronically driven tunes, soundtrack music and ambient
music. You know, certain kinds of work that I've always loved to listen to but
which I have always wondered whether I'd have an opportunity to make such
a record myself - one that dips into this area of music. You know, very removed
from the life of a singer-songwriter."
The collaboration with Simon O'Reilly, according to Bloom, "Came about due to my
hearing an instrumental album that he had created about 18 months ago and I just
loved it. I loved the textures of it. I loved the way he constructed the tracks on it.
So I thought that I really wanted to meet this guy; and I went and met him and we
really hit it off and decided to try to collaborate. We had one conversation about the
nature of the record we wanted to make and we never spoke about it again and we
never even once sat down in a room and played music together," Bloom admits.
From listening to 'Tribe' I suggest to Bloom that perhaps he and O'Reilly were trying to
create a whole musical landscape within each song. "Well," he laughingly
replies, "that's precisely where we wanted to go, actually. Simon is a visual kind of
musician and he writes a lot for film and so he was able to create these kinds of
landscapes for me to work with and that is what made it really exciting for me.
"So I would wait at home for the post to arrive with his music. He would send
me a CD with like ten or twelve tracks every month or two and I would work away for
weeks and weeks just trying to make sense of what I had been listening to - trying
to find my way in. I completely created all the melodic links."
In short, O'Reilly gave Bloom the mood, as it were..."Yes, it was the first time in
my life where I completely handed over the responsibility for the creation of music to
somebody else and there is a fair bit of trust involved in it but he's a great guy
and it was really nice working with him."