"Melodic and soulful.." - Siobhan Maguire (Irish Sunday Times)
"Beauty.. Lovely, moving.." *** - John Meagher (Irish Independent)
"Rich blasts of harmony.. an unquestionably easy listen.." *** - Lauren Murphy (The Irish Times)
"..an easy-listening folk album.. propelled by gentle guitars and faint percussion" *** - Mark Kavanagh (The Star)
"It's epic, yet intimate; heartfelt, without lacking perspective; it's perceptive but aches with world weary humility; and it is one of those rare albums that emerges perfectly formed from a personal crisis." - Mumblin' Deaf Ro
"A worthwhile venture from behind the kit has led to a beautifully crafted and delivered opus of heartache. Passionate and precise in pace and delivery, and all with a wonderful glow. A must!" - Stephen Purcell (www.WeAreNoise.com
"..a beautifully constructed sound scape using folk and musique concréte elements.. cinematic.. an ambient and sonically engrossing album.. Sfumato creates a textural characteristic to his music that evokes the artistic imagery of his namesake." - Stephen White (www.TheBlend.ie
"..spell-weaving.. the first time he has stepped out from behind the kit and put his deliciously weather-beaten voice to work. A soaring, charging love song of the purest kind.." - Celina Murphy (HotPress)
"In the unpredictable, often shallow world we live in, it takes courage to follow your heart, and even greater strength to follow what some philosophers describe as your bliss. Irish musician and songwriter Daithí Ó hÉignigh, however, has done just that…
The result of this creative about-face is the forthcoming debut, These Things Between… Recorded under the band title of Sfumato (a painting technique used by Leonardo Da Vinci, meaning the softening of sharp outlines by subtle, gradual blending of one tone into another), the album is a balm for the sick and indignant as it relates via a searingly honest song cycle a troubled journey from darkness to light.
A clear vision and a truthful voice (complete with simple, heartfelt words delivered in an egoless manner) have been uncovered. From desolation to euphoria, from imprisonment to escape, from being beaten up by dogmatism to engaging with ambiguity... and ultimately allowing back into his life the grey areas found between black and white.
Daithí has fashioned something of a gem with These Things Between... From start (Fly To Me) to finish (I Was Hoping You Might...) it rings clear with frank and straightforward intent. The music zings with anti-authoritarianism. Daithí produces the videos which accompany the music on similar staunchly independent lines."
- Tony Clayton-Lea