Raphael Doyle is back with his new album ‘Never Close’.
In 2016 Raphael began to have trouble gripping his plectrum at gigs, and after various tests he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. His son Louis and old friend Tom Robinson were keen to record a definitive Raphael Doyle album, but Raphael himself was reluctant to “make a record just for the sake of it” or for his health to become a dominant factor, but once the award-winning Anglo-Irish musician/producer Gerry Diver (Youth, Van Morrison, Christy Moore, Shane McGowan) offered to come on board, the whole project clicked into place.
The songs began to take shape at Gerry’s South London studio, and others stepped up to lend a hand. Recording engineer Daniel Moyler (Brody Dalle, FKA Twigs, Björk) oversaw the additional sessions with Louis at Miloco studios. Mastering legend Barry Grint (Prince, Madonna, David Bowie, Radiohead etc) sprinkled his sonic magic over the mixes. And on hearing those, Martin Goldschmidt – boss of Cooking Vinyl – offered to rush-release the album.
Driven by Louis’s inventive guitar work and Gerry’s celtic- flavoured playing and widescreen production, the songs range from the hypnotic lullaby lilt of “Kerry” to the stark, confessional spoken-word opener “I Come From Ireland”.