Performing under their current line-up since back in 2016, Let’s Set Sail are a hard-to-pin-down ambient quartet based out of Dublin. Back in 2017, Let’s Set Sail released The Nothingness Of Now, the EP drawing acclaim from the likes of The Irish Times. Now four years later the band recently shared their latest, “collection of ambient vignettes”, in the shape of their five-track EP, Enzo.
The record opens with Toledo, one of two tracks inspired by Spanish adventures had when frontman Warren McCarty spent time visiting his girlfriend, the track is a seven-minute opus, his spoken-word-like delivery accompanied by the pulse of atmospheric synth textures, which are cut through by rich piano flourishes, and blasts of layered backing vocals. One of the reason’s that Enzo really works is because of the way Warren paints such vivid pictures of the places he has been, and the people he’s met along the way, whether he’s portraying an emotional disconnect on the surprisingly jaunty scatter-beat of Midnight Daylight (in Lavapiés), or dissecting his complicated relationship with his home country on the arpeggiated wonder of Our Collective Brain. Perhaps the finest moment is the band’s recent single, Savage Goo, reminiscent of the fabulous Meursault, it recalls a night out in Amsterdam that gradually spirals into a much darker place than it began. A captivating listen, Enzo marks Let’s Set Sail out as a band not quite like anyone else, a unique prospect ready to make a really big impact.
FTR: For those who don’t know who are Let’s Set Sail?
LSS: Let’s Set Sail are a musical band from Dublin, Ireland, consisting of Ian Dunphy (synths, laptop, electronics), Marian Hughes (vocals), Warren McCarthy (vocals, guitar) and Robert Molumby (piano). We create electronic-y, folk-y type songs with a colloquial lyric style.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
LSS: It being in the depths of winter during one of the worst snowstorms Dublin has experienced, and Ian somehow getting stung on the face by a wasp 10 minutes before show time while sitting inside a dark pub. We can also remember a mad bang of vinegar on stage from his attempts to treat his swollen cheek. Poor lil sore cute guy.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
LSS: Football demanded too much dedication and sacrifice to properly pursue.
FTR: What can people expect from a Let’s Set Sail live show?
LSS: An hour’s set consisting of about 4 songs.
FTR: What’s next for Let’s Set Sail?
LSS: An album. Eventually.
They Listen To…
Lisa O’Neill – Rock The Machine
Strange Boy – Waiting
Royal Yellow – Until
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Spine Is Quiet In The Center (Fools Remix)
Rosie Carney – Bare
Enzo is out now. For more information on Let’s Set Sail visit http://www.letssetsail.eu/.