‘Delicate Bones’ is the first offering from Mayo native Joe Monaghan, released under the moniker of Train Room. Written, recorded and produced by Monaghan himself ‘Delicate Bones’ – despite the pressence of other musicians – all comes down to his vision. Regardless of how you feel about the EP, this in itself is hugely admirable.
The singer-songwriter genre is something that is awash with musicians that all sound like monotonous clones of each other. Train Room really excel when trying to avoid the generalisation by adding in other instruments and creating more complete sound. Horizons in particular really shines with the addition of female vocals, piano and crashing cymbals, turning what could have been a plain sounding acoustic song into something bigger and more unique.
The true high point of ‘Delicate Bones’ however is Grace, with the accompanying video being shot by Love/Hate’s Patrick Murphy. It is indie permeated with orchestral beauty, melding the instruments harmoniously. While Grace is a slow burn, by the 90 second mark it has blossomed into a fusion of contemporary instruments that makes you think that Monaghan might really be onto something.
It’s definitely still early days for Joe Monaghan’s Train Room, but there are glimmers of excellence shining throughout ‘Delicate Bones’ that demonstrate he will certainly be one to watch.