'He’s tricky enough to pin down, is Roger Doyle. Long regarded as Ireland’s premier electronic music pioneer, Doyle has skirted along various paths yet always seems to remain rooted to his inspirations if not his influences. The Thousand Year Old Boy , explained as “explorations in imagined world musics – past and present and future”, will no doubt be viewed by some as yet another diversion into yet another bout of experimentation. But stick with it and it unfolds like a red carpet snapped out in slow motion. Using intuitive guest vocalists (Ahmad Alkaran on Nadé and Gandharva , Gavin Jones on the title track, and Olesya Zdorovetska on Olesya and Temwani Sleeps ) pushes further the sense of Doyle’s engagement with multiculturalism, as well as his largely unheralded knack of riding the curve of avant-garde(ish) tastes and managing to stay on'. (Irish Times - May 2013)
released 18 February 2013
Ahmad Alkaran sings on tracks 2 and 5 and his transformed voice appears on tracks 3, 6, and 8.
Gavin Jones is the boy soprano on track 4, together with Nick Roth on Turkish Mey and soprano saxophone.
Olesya Zdorovetska sings and whispers on tracks 9 and 12.
I am grateful to all for their collaborations.
The title of track 11 comes from a line in the poem Strange Grass by Katherine Duffy.