Niall Mc Guigan – Spiritual Anarchy

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

As a practicing music therapist from Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, specialising in medical ethnomusicology, it stands to reason that Naill Mc Guigan should explore a wide range of musical influences, including Mongolian throat singing and mandolin-led folk rock, which filters in through this latest collection of songs. Spiritual Anarchy looks at the world around us in trying times, and investigates spirituality and its place in today’s society.

If “Butterfly” feels as if it could have been recorded in the midst of late 1960s psychedelia, both in its symbolism and arrangement, with a solid rock base and Incredible String Band/Dr Strangely Strange interludes, “I See” lends it’s feel more to U2, though once again, the arrangement calls for a change in tempo midway through, providing some dreamy fiddle which adds to the meditative refrain. The retro feel continues through to the concluding song “Mother Father”, which is reminiscent of Steve Miller’s “Journey From Eden” in part, as well as the otherworldly meditations of the young Syd Barrett. Poised to award Spiritual Anarchy just three stars, “Saoirse” came along, showed her face and tipped the balance towards four. A grand song.

Choice Track: “Saoirse” (NSV 486)