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Halfset are an electronic quartet from Dublin, Ireland.
They employ an unusual combination of electronics and live instruments - including vocals, drums/persussion, guitars, glockenspiel, harp, trumpet, mandola and old analog synths.
Halfset released their critically acclaimed debut album “Dramanalog” in April 2005

in september 2008 Halfset re-emerged with their long-awaited second album, Another Way of Being There. In many ways, it has been a metamorphosis of sorts and not just down to the evolving line-up. Three became four with one departure and the arrival of Cillian McDonnell (drums) and Sinéad Nic Gearailt (harp & rhodes), apart from offering fresh legs, it signposted a new direction.

Another Way of Being There discards the memorable samples and constructed loops that littered Dramanalog, relying completely on the sound this foursome makes when they get into a room together. Gone are the samples and found sounds and instead there is a sense of taking a musical line for a walk; of democratic improv; of starting with a structure but allowing it room to expand and compress.

The bulk of the record was written in a small cottage in Co. Leitrim, then recorded and produced over three years by Stephen Shannon at his Experimental Audio Studio in Dublin . Crafted and re-drafted, Another Way of Being There is an album heaving with melody, awash with layers and multiple tones.

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  • End0o

    fhen look at the itunes :)

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • smur89

    Group for irish bands like THIS at http://www.last.fm/group/Eclectic+Ireland ...gig atendees, photographers, journalists, bloggers, band members....

    26 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fhen

    So where can I get the new album (I'm from Germany). I was able to import Dramanalog at Amazon, but no luck yet =(

    21 Oct 2008 Reply
  • carbonga

    Exceptional music. Technical and clean. Halfset combines beautifully captured melancholic emotions with the precision of a mechanical clockwork. Images come to mind with this music.

    5 Aug 2008 Reply
  • visionize

    they are great

    6 May 2008 Reply
  • fhen

    new album? ohhh :D

    30 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Aculem

    This band has changed my life and opened me up to a whole new genre of music. Just wanted to give my thanks.

    6 Jul 2007 Reply
  • roughmixes222

    wicked tracks! love this music. please come japan soon.

    20 Mar 2006 Reply

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