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"Eamonn Carr"

Review by Eamonn Carr, The Evening Herald (Dublin)

Melodic fragility characterises One Day International's tunes, says EAMON CARR

MATT LUNSON CAME FROM Tasmania to Europe, wound up in Ireland on a weekend trip and became so impressed by the local music scene that he stuck around.

An earlier solo album, Miss Vaughan, gave an indication of his talents. But it’s as one-fifth of One Day International that he’s found his niche. Debut albums seldom come as accomplished as the 11-track Blackbird. While some of the credit obviously goes to producer Brian Crosby, who’s worked with Bell X1 and The Cake Sale, for getting things just right, it’s the seamless ensemble playing and gentle sonic seduction that captivates.

One Day International have played support to Lisa Hannigan, Elbow and Cathy Davey. And it's easy to hear how they would complement these artists. Their melodies are rich and textured. Their instrumentation hints at orchestral, with piano, cello and rhythm section. The core principle seems to be fragility, a reaching out in a dream to grasp a fleeting sensation, the swift shadow of a bird in flight, the undertow of the ocean that appears to make seaweed dance.

Lead Balloon has the fractured elegance of Rufus Wainwright on form.

Piano ushers in Lunson's well-travelled voice on Miss Your Mouth before cello and drums lift the mood from world weariness to optimism.

It's a subtle thing, probably best savoured by the fire on an autumn evening with a glass of wine or perhaps as early morning sunlight paints the rooftops a honeyed gold.

As on Shiver, One Day International are not afraid to sound elegiac. Indeed, seldom in pop music do we hear something that sounds as inspired by Elgar's Sea Pictures as... er... early Guillemots.

They don't rock out. At least on this album they don't. But clearly the musicians are first-rate. More importantly, cellist Eimear O'Grady, Cormac Curran on piano, drummer Ross Turner and Danny Snow on bass work brilliantly as a unit.

You may be familiar with Lunson's song, Aliens, which first saw the light on The Cake Sale album when Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy performed it. Here Lunson gets in touch with his inner Jeff Buckley.

The first single, Closed Doors, is probably the most hyperactive track on the album. But it's unlikely to make you spill your coffee.

The band's attention to detail is commendable. The cover artwork illustrations by Sarah Brownlee are a joy in themselves.

- Eamon Carr - The Evening Herald - Dublin

"Jason Killingsworth"

"It’s about time a band wedded the symphonic grandeur of Sigur Rós to pop melodies that soar and swoop like a plastic bag caught in a gust of wind. Gorgeous stuff." - Jason Killingsworth, Paste Magazine - Paste Magazine

"Martin Doyle"

One Day International
(Independent Records)
If you like your music moody,
downbeat and thoughtful, this
might be for you. Matt Lunson, the
Tasmanian-born singer of this Dublin
band, has been compared to the
likes of Rufus Wainwright and Jeff
Buckley but Ron Sexsmith might be
closer to the mark. Brian Crosby of
Bell XI has produced a lushly layered
album, combining the talents of
Cormac Curran (piano), Danny Snow
(bass), Ross Turner (drums) and Eimear
O’Grady (cello) to create a piece of
mood music that draws you in. Miss
Your Mouth is the track to download.
- Express It Magazine

"Brendan Cole"

It's not all that often a first release is so mature sounding but this is really well crafted and enjoyable. That is down to notably strong musicianship, flowing and occasionally inspired melodies, a nice sense for structure and the excellent vocals of lead singer Matt Lunson.
As is the trend for many a modern pop record, the piano takes over from the guitar as the default lead instrument, unavoidably lending an air of melancholy and wistfulness that complements a strong lyrical sensibility. These songs are in the main (failed) relationship vignettes and the sound reflects that.
In many cases, songs build up from a piano or violin plus voice beginning to a cacophonic close, with strings, horns and a more pounded piano adding texture and depth. Standouts include the opening trio of tracks - 'Closed Doors', 'Little Death' and 'Lead Balloon' - new single 'Miss Your Mouth' and title track 'Black Is The Bird'.
In terms of the sound it's not hugely original, especially considering the diversity of musical backgrounds within this five-piece and arguably, more songs than strictly necessary start quietly before veering into a default near-bombastic setting for the big finish. That is a decent effect to have in the toolbox, and particularly handy in the live setting, but overuse diminishes its effectiveness somewhat.
Overall though, this is a strong record from a band with excellent prospects (who are, by the way, well worth seeing live if you get the chance).
Brendan Cole -

"Bobby Ahern"

No matter how thoroughly State scours the minimal promo artwork of the debut release from this Irish/Oz combo, there’s still no sign of three words which we assume must be missing from the record’s title: “Original Cast Recording”. For this is a CD candidly stuffed with West End trademarks; intense peaks and troughs, soulful bombast, narrative and soliloquist insinuations, dramatic instrumental interludes and some awkward lyricism which could normally be excused exclusively within the confines of an exciting production (“If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise/There’s nowhere left for the kids to play/We may as well run for our lives”).

But for a group who named themselves for a format of cricket match and who named their album after a plainly-monikered thrush, Blackbird is a considerably less boring listen than its creators would allow you to believe. The maturity and agility of these compositions are perhaps most comparable to the presently-AWOL Sufjan Stevens, as orchestral fl ourishes, swish choral harmonies and aptly-positioned beats (provided by Ross Turner of Jape/Cathy Davey) elegantly wrap themselves around skeletal piano to together reach a concordant climax.

One Day International are essentially releasing an ideal ‘summer album’ a few months too late (not to suggest that there’s one perfect time to do such a thing on this wind-stricken and porous blob of rock), but it’s a record likely to ease the cold curse of the winter for those unable to make it to Broadway during the dying months of 2008. - State Magazine

"World Cafe Live WXPN"

Produced by Bell X1 guitarist Brian Crosby, One Day International's Blackbird is full of melodic and intricate lullabies. Matt Lunson's emotional vocals tell stories of lovers and strangers, while the band's string and piano arrangements draw comparisons to Rufus Wainwright and Keane. - NPR Radio


"Aliens" - alternative version as free download with The Cake Sale. U.S. edition. Available on Yeproc Records.
"One Day International"- Self Titled E.P. 2007 (Sold Out)
"Blackbird" - Debut Album 2008 Available in Ireland on Independent Records. Available in the U.K. and U.S.A. through Itunes.



Having released their acclaimed debut album Blackbird in 2008 and played shows with Lisa Hannigan, Elbow, Richard Hawley, Lykke Li and Crowded House in Ireland, One Day International return to headlining duties in 2009 and start spreading their wings abroad.

With a new single ‘Little Death’ at radio, One Day International are heading to Austin, Texas for a bunch of shows at the South By South West Festival where they hope to capitalize on recent features on NPR (National Public Radio) and Paste Magazine, the title track is on the magazine’s cover CD for the February issue !

This is the story of One Day International. Matt Lunson on vocals, Cormac Curran on piano, Danny Snow on bass, Ross Turner on drums and Eimear O’Grady on cello.

Stealing precious early hours and extended late evenings from each of their numerous music and theatre day-lives, the five piece have crafted an album that gently reveals a wealth of beautiful, simple songs.

Produced by Brian Crosby (BellX1 and The Cake Sale), Blackbird is an album of impressions, colours and emotions expressed through a gorgeous layered sound. Each note, each word, is lovingly tended to and brought to life by five incredibly talented friends who perform together with equal measures of restraint and inhibition. Tales of lovers and strangers, confidence and vulnerability, Blackbird is simple in its story and complex in its arrangement.

The subtle temperance and glorious crescendos of One Day International come from a hybrid of musical births: Lunson, a Tasmanian escapee, began life literally tongue tied, traveled the world, settled on Dublin and hasn’t looked back; Curran discovered the piano at age four, turned his back on ten years of formal training to play guitar with ‘real men’ and returned to the ivories with brand new ears when still just eighteen years old; Snow played bass in a young rock band, dreamt unrequited dreams of stadium stardom, and despite being the nonplussed owner of one singular Jazz album, went on to complete a three year BA in Jazz Performance; Turner can’t remember a time when he wasn’t playing or studying music, a drummer of vast experience who moonlights with personal appearances on record sleeves and in music videos, and O’Grady, a multi talented, multi faceted woman who has performed all genres of music across the world and still manages to find the time to act on stage, when not being doused in fuel and set alight on film sets.

Having come together through mutual acquaintances, lovers tiffs and the barriered doors of some of Dublin’s less than salubrious gin joints, One Day International began performing and writing together in 2007. A deep and passionate respect for language resonates through each and every track. Words are not wasted, each turn of phrase demands attention. The collected musicianship of the group affords the listener a hoard of minds-eye treasures to call upon. One Day International are a lean, mean songwriting team. Having all been involved in music for many years, from live performances and recording processes through to the dirty business of releasing records, One Day International played a modest amount of live dates, then took a step back from the live circuit to spend time making Blackbird.

Brian Crosby took a delicate hold of recording and production duties and coaxed eleven lullabies from One Day International. Along the way, bowed cymbals and glockenspiels, an omnichord, a pounding double bass, synths and a host of talented musicians and vocalists managed to find their place in the mix.

The album opens with the band tuning up, lures the listener in, sweeps you away on an eleven-song long journey, before spitting you back out on the street, a little dazed, wondering how this fateful meeting ever happened and why it ended so quickly.

One Day International. The Blackbird is flying !!