May 08, 2019

Ronan Conroy: The Moment Is Gone

NYC musician Ronan Conroy assembled the best songs about closure that he wrote between 2014 and 2018 for his new album The Moment Is Gone. While his previous EP Blood Dread found him down on his luck, this new collection of songs share an air of defiance. He is now able to move on and do what he does best: wearing his heart on his sleeve and let his warm baritone do the talking.

He takes it all in with a leisurely pace. The music for Cordite is as smoldering as its subject matter and You're So Cruel is an accusation captured in piano driven college rock. Anger, My Love is a rant, pushed center stage by a swirling guitar motif that is part grunge and part progressive. The real surprise is his countrified rendition of Psalm #40, where he makes the lines "may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace" sound like a declaration of regained self-esteem.

The Moment Is Gone is his first album on vinyl - damn fine mastering by Fred Kevorkian - but don't skip the digital only bonus track 2x2, a meandering big city blues tune, with a harmonica part that makes it easy to picture Conroy roaming the streets late at night.

Ronan Conroy: vocals, guitars
Charlie Nieland: lapsteel, drums, bass, piano, synths
Justin Wierbsonki: drums

The Moment Is Gone is a self-released album (vinyl, digital). Buy it from his website. Release date: May 30th.

  1. Burn The Cane
  2. Cordite
  3. You're So Cruel
  4. Who Do You Think You're Kidding
  5. Guilt Child
  6. Anger, My Love
  7. Evening Comes
  8. Psalm #40
  9. Silence In The Cemeteries
  10. 2x2 (ditital bonus track)

Live dates:
  • 05/30 Williamsburg, NY @ Cafe Beit
    (album release show - w/ Erel Pilo)
  • 06/19 New York, NY @ Arlene's Grocery
    (w/ Bad Kitty, Wanderer's Soul, The Happymen)


HCTF review of Blood Dread.

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