Emmett Tinley
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Emmett Tinley

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"Attic Faith ****"

It's an Irish singer-songwriter's perogative to appear joylessly introspective these days, and Emmett Tinley's solo debut certainly wears it's artfully anxious physiognomy on it's sleeve. Yet Attic Faith is far from the ode to miserablism it first seems. While revealing something of a poetic midlife crisis in his lyrics of romantic regret and artistic angst, the former Prayer Boat frontman expertly elevates and balances the moods with cleverly uplifting chord sequences and heart-tugging string arrangements. In careless hands, these beautifully crafted songs may well have sounded cold and bleak, but thanks to Victor Van Vugt's warm, velvety production, such bittersweet tearjerkers as Christmastreet and Amsterdam Weeps become luxuriously satisfying, like hot chocolate on a winter's day. Up there with the albums of Rufus Wainwright or Jeff Buckley, this is easily Tinley's best work. Truly sublime. - Irish Times

"Attic Faith ****"

Wicklow band The Prayer Boat were masters of downbeat songcraft and were tipped for big things with the release of their debut album in 1990. But despite their obvious talent and a handful of well-received albums, they never became more than just a fringe attraction.
Frontman Emmett Tinley has spent the past few years living in the US, Britain, Denmark and Holland, working with local musicians on his travels. This debut solo album is the fruit of his labours and it's a work of great quality far removed from the morose ramblings of many other singer songwriters.
Attic Faith is an unrelentingly sad album, full of doomed romanticism, with his distinct falsetto beautifully offset by a stirring string arrangement. The gorgeously fragile opener Comfort Me sets the tone, while Closer To Happy and Heart Still Breaking make for perfect late night listening.
The quality wanes towards the end of the album, but on the whole it's a work of a very fine artist whose mojo is still very much intact. - Irish Independent

"Desperado Under The Eaves - Attic Faith 9/10"

Emmett Tinley doesn't do 'immediate'.His songs never, ever grab you on the first listen: sometimes they even seem a bit pedestrian. But give it five or six hearings, and something mysterious happens. Some sort of magical osmosis sees Tinley's songs transformed into the most glorious, heartfelt paeans to loves lost, loves left behind and loves that never really existed in the first place except in your wildest imaginings. I don't know how he does it, but the songs' emotive tendrils snake their way around your heart without your even realising that it's happening, until you find yourself moved almost to tears by the sheer beauty of that voice, singing those words.
This album from the former Prayer Boat frontman has been in the bag for some time, but contractual difficulties delayed it's release until now, when the good folks at Independent Records (home of fellow troubadors Josh Ritter and Mark Geary) stepped in and did the necessary to ensure Tinley's debut solo release finally makes it's way onto the shelves. And music fans throughout the country should rejoice that they did, as Attic Faith is one of the most stunningly beautiful albums you're likely to hear all year, from the swooping 'I Want You' to the breath-stopping 'Come To Life', an old favourite from The Prayer Boat days.
I wouldn't recommend listening to many of these 10 songs too intently if you're not feeling particularly chipper, however. There's very little in the way of boy-meets-girl-and-lives-happily-ever-after here. Song titles like 'Heart Still Breaking', 'Amsterdam Weeps' and'Killing The One I Love' will give you some indication as to the emotional terrain we're traversing. If, as has been suggested, Tinley has the voice of an angel, then his are the tonsils of a cherub who's been through the torture of a thousand lifetimes of unrequited love. Even when he seems to have found his ideal life partner, on 'Comfort Me', his nagging self-doubt drags him back into the doldrums of melancholy.
While it may not be the ideal gift for your best mate who has just broken up with his or her other half after a decade together, Attic Faith is a gorgeously fragile, deliciously delicate album to make you fall in love with sad songs again, an album to wallow in for hours at a time and an album to soften the heart of even a cynical, scarred and scorned music hack. Misery, after all, loves company. - Hotpress

"Album Of The Week - Attic Faith ****"

ATTIC FAITH is Emmett Tinley's first solo album, a fully formed, ambitious record filled with beautiful soundscapes, lush strings and vocal harmonies.
The centrepiece of the album is Tinley's voice, a lovely reedy thing, that is highly ambiguous as it ranges from the falsetto of 'Come To Life' to the husky jagged vocals of 'I Want You'.
Tinley knows when to let his voice do the work and ditches the intricate arrangements on songs like 'Heart Still Breaking' and 'Come To Life' in favour of sparse guitar and piano.
It's hard to describe Tinley's style of music. Contemporary is probably the best word but it is not contemporary rock, pop or country. Rather, it strikes one as a gentle and delicate attempt at beauty, which is a noble aim for any kind of music.
There are so many very good songs on this album, 'Comfort Me', 'Christmastreet', 'I Want You' and 'Snow Dome' and, in as far as comparisons are always unjust, these songs bring to mind the songwriterly talents of Jeff Buckley, Coldplay and David Gray.
But there is a simplicity , a folkiness, to some of Tinley's songs (such as 'Killing The One I Love') that makes them seem less contrived and more timeless. - Sunday Tribune

"Emmett Tinley Attic Faith (Independent Records)"

Dublin's own Emmett Tinley's first album is one he ought to be very proud of. From it's gorgeous musical soundscapes, lush fragile arrangements and ragged choked up vocal; it is a beauty. Songs like 'Christmastreet' and 'Heart Still Breaking' could almost move you to tears such are their sublime delicateness. Fans of Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright will devour this one. JP
Released december 11 - The Crack (UK)

"Emmett Tinley (7) 'Attic Faith' (Independent)"

His first solo outing after 12 years with Dublin band The Prayer Boat, Tinley packs off with a guitar over his shoulder and a hankie full of aching, dramatic compositions. Helping himself to numerous elements from the Jeff Buckley hamper - a well-worn trick - Tinley nonetheless gets away with an elegant and vividly soul-searching album. (AM) - Rock Sound Review (UK)

"Pop CD of the Week: Emmett Tinley: Attic Faith (Independent)"

In one corner, Mick Hucknall and David Gray; in the other, Ben
Christophers and the Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan. All of them soulful vocalists who not only carry a tune, but transform it into resonant sonic magic. Hucknall and Gray top the charts; Christophers and Buchanan have both made music of exceptional, almost unbearable beauty, yet make do with the retail crumbs beneath their rivals' tables. Where does Emmett Tinley — late of the Prayer Boat — fit in? Musically, midway. Commercially? The heart says sales in the
millions; the head, be realistic, he'll attract plaudits, but struggle for the paying customers. It's hard to find a single bar on this wonderful album that might deter fans of Hucknall or Gray, or repel those
who cleave to Christophers or Buchanan. Does that not suggest a large audience? Well, it should, and tracks as startlingly intimate as Amsterdam Weeps, Heart Still
Breaking and Comfort Me could yet connect with one. Four stars - The Sunday Times (UK)


Attic Faith (2005)
Independent Records INDCD46

(as The Prayer Boat)
The Upside Down EP(1990)

Oceanic Feeling(1991)

Dark Green (4 trk EP)(1995)
Almo Sounds

Bury This Thing(4 trk EP)(1995)
Almo Sounds

Saved (single)(1996)
Invisible Records

Invisible Records
(1999) Setanta
(2001) Atlantic Records

Polichinelle 10 Year Anniversary Edition (2009)
Independent Records (Ireland)
Mass Market Recordings (Benelux)



Some of what the press has said about Emmett Tinley’s ‘Attic Faith’- “….one of the most stunningly beautiful albums you're likely to hear all year”, “.. the most glorious, heartfelt paeans to loves lost, loves left behind and loves that never really existed in the first place except in your wildest imaginings”, “This debut solo album is…a work of great quality far removed from the morose ramblings of many other singer songwriters.”, “…a gorgeously fragile, deliciously delicate album to make you fall in love with sad songs again.”, “..an elegant and vividly soul-searching album”, “Up there with the albums of Rufus Wainwright or Jeff Buckley. Truly sublime.”

Emmett Tinley was born in Chicago but grew up in Ireland. Through the 1990’s he fronted the critically acclaimed Irish band The Prayer Boat. The band took a break as the new millennium began and Emmett moved to Amsterdam to work on his first solo album. At the end of 2000 he was signed by Craig Kallman to Atlantic Records in New York. The Prayer Boat's final album, 'Polichinelle', was released in the US in March 2001. Emmett embarked on three solo tours of the US but with the label in disarray after 9/11 he decided to return to Europe and focus on recording the new album, ‘Attic Faith’.

Working with mainly jazz musicians from Denmark (Martin Spure on bass, Nikolaj Bundvig on drums and Allin Bang on keyboards) the album began to take shape and Emmett recruited Dutch guitarist Marijn Slager as plans for recording came together. Australian producer Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, Beth Orton, PJ Harvey) was brought in to produce the album and recording began in New York in March 2003. By the end of the year Attic Faith was finished but Atlantic were unclear about what to do next.

Plans were put on hold and Emmett moved back to Dublin, where he finally convinced Atlantic to allow him an Ireland-only release. Attic Faith was licensed to Independent Records and was released in April 2005 to rave reviews and a first-ever chart position at 28. The album went on to be nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Best Irish Album of 2005.
Emmett left Atlantic in May 2006 and since then ‘Attic Faith’ has had limited releases in the UK, Holland, Belgium and Denmark.

In 2009 a 10 Year Anniversary Edition of The Prayer Boat's 'Polichinelle' was re-released in Ireland and Benelux.
Emmett subsequently signed a deal with new Dutch label Mass Market Recordings to record an acoustic album which is scheduled for release in January 2011.