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"Iama Self Titled Debut LP"

Ciaran O'Neill and Jamie Byrne are two guys from Cavan who make up Iama-a lo-fi acoustic project. This debut album can at first seem slight and short, almost careworn and understated to the point of non-existence, but after time it reveals a weather-beaten charm, and a beguiling simplicity. The duo swap vocal duties-each posesses their own gnarled, plaintive timbre-which gives the record an ethereal elegance, alongside the strings and piano cameos. An enchanting curio.

Seven/Ten - Hot Press Magazine


Iama - Debut LP Out Now



The debut LP from “Iama” is out now. The album is comprised of ten original tracks written by Jamie Byrne and Ciaran O’Neill.

The idea for this album came during a visit to Co Kerry back in 2004, where the two musicians rented a farmhouse and spent a solid two weeks writing and recording the music. Iama enlisted a host of session musicians to work on the album. These were Ronnie O’Flynn, Claire Fitch from the National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Cormac McCann.

The music is both beautiful and evocative. The tracks aim to set a dramatic atmosphere, and do so flawlessly. From listening to the record and holding it in your hands you get the feeling that it was made for artistic reasons rather than chart success.

By all accounts this is a very interesting debut, that sets an impressive standard from where Iama can evolve.