With a laser focus for textures and a mission in breaking sound normalcies, Fós brings outright vigilance in that forum with single ‘An raibh tú ar an gCarraig?’. An evangelistic sentiment of traditional Irish folk and gritting ventures in rock and metal, the viral incantations, surge with triumph from the song’s underbelly.
“…The goal was to create a radical fusion of drone metal with a style of traditional music called sean-nós.”
Sean-nós brings the 15-16th century Irish folk, built around a conversational and dialogue based story telling, through the language of Gaelic pronouncements. It’s a beautiful unaccompanied vocal triumph, built around the sonic wealth of emotions and inter-generational stock.
Fós’ willing diversity in ‘An raibh tú ar an gCarraig?’ is just a start to the project’s glean into the vastness of such genre combination.
‘An raibh tú ar an gCarraig?’ dates from the 17th century, and has been a traditional cornerstone for Irish artists throughout the centuries. A likely political song, with encoded deep inside the lyrics, ‘An raibh tú ar an gCarraig?’ brings up rightful feelings of loyalties and proud unity for the Irish people against oppression.