ASHES FOR DREAMS
Cut You Loose
Cut You Loose, the debut album of the Irish/Swedish duo Ashes for Dreams, has been three years a-growing. Their first collaboration, the duet ‘Lie With Me’ was so well received that they were inspired to continue working together and formed the band to develop their musical partnership. As solo artists, their styles and genres are very different - Johan comes from a rock background and Karen brings folk roots to the table - but together they create a unique sound in their melting pot of Celtic, Rock and Folk with a strong Indie flavour.
They vowed to always let the song dictate the direction of the track and to not be constrained by a single style. While their earlier songs belonged very much to indie, guitar-heavy genres, on their musical journey from Lie With Me to Cut You Loose, they travelled through different styles with some lighter numbers, some reggae beats and even a touch of disco!
Reliable throughout are dramatic and imposing guitars, a driving rhythm section and biting lyrics delivered in unique style.
Cut You Loose is a selection of 12 of the songs they’ve produced in their time together which best represent their musical journey.
Ashes for Dreams is the band project of Johan Alm and Karen O’Mahony, formed to cement their musical partnership after a successful and invigorating year of collaboration which started with the release of Lie with Me in May, 2016.
Both coming from completely different cultures and musical backgrounds - incorporating between them classical, traditional, folk and rock - they had each previously produced solo work vastly different to the other’s. Their first collaboration, the brainchild of Johan and an eyeopener to both band members and their followers, was the first of an EP-worth of songs produced in their first year of collaboration.
Johan’s style is heavy rock with a unique and gritty vocal style and guitar work admired and envied by many. Karen’s natural home is more folk, which to their surprise works beautifully in a heavy rock setting. Together, they are a magical combination, particularly when they duet - their distinctive voices blending as if made for each other! Johan gives Karen more edge, Karen keeps Johan’s Rock God under control...
It shouldn’t work, but it does...