In anticipation of the world premiere in 2016 of a new song-cycle and corresponding album, Dylan Tighe releases a deluxe version of his critically acclaimed debut album Record, today. The album is available for download exclusively at  180 gram vinyl and CD is also available of the original album, with download of the deluxe version included.

The deluxe version of Record features five bonus tracks comprising: one unreleased studio recording from the album sessions Forever Young (a cover of the 80’s classic by Alphaville), a solo version of album track Emergency recorded live for RTÉ Radio, live versions of album tracks The Ghost and Opus recorded with full band at the Grand Social, Dublin in 2014 and a new solo version of album track Microscope live at Irish Arts Center New York City in 2015.

The release of Record Deluxe crowns Dylan’s substantial achievements on the back of his debut release in 2014 which has seen him perform a headline show at the Irish Arts Centre in New York, support Congolese legends Staff Benda Bilili at the Liverpool Philharmonic, alongside gigs at Shuffle Festival London, and in Sweden, Czech Republic, Boston, as well as across Ireland.

On the album’s release Dylan was hailed as an “exquisite songwriter” by the Sunday Times.  It was described as “starkly brilliant…an uncomfortable and demanding listen. Not so much soul-baring as soul-tearing, it is a deeply personal and deeply moving piece of work” by RTE and as “a poignant yet prepossessing piece of work…brimming with tunes…an audacious and seriously intelligent suite of songs” by The Irish Times.

Dylan says that with this album: “I wanted to challenge the listener to look beyond the diagnostic labels and reductive and questionable medical theories and treatments, which I have rejected, and to gain an insight into the crises of consciousness and traumas of living at the heart of existential pain and distress”…The songsreclaim and re-frame my experience of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment and set the record straight from my own perspective”.

Tighe is also an award winning theatre-maker and actor, winning the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production in 2009.  Most recently he appeared in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 hit ‘Chekhov’s First Play’ at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.

Record spawned a radio drama directed and written by Dylan, commissioned and produced by RTÉ Radio Drama which was nominated for the Prix Europa and Prix Nova Radio prizes and which won a Silver Medal for Best Editing at the New York Festival Radio Awards.  An alternative opera of the same name created and directed by Dylan and featuring songs which later appeared on the album was a highlight of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival in 2012.  It was described as “remarkable” by the Irish Times, “original and fearless” by Irish Theatre Magazine and by the Irish Independent as creating “a new theatrical form for a new way of thinking”.

The album (along with the related radio drama and theatre show) has made a significant intervention into discourse around mental health and garnered praise and attention from both the mainstream mental health system and progressive survivors and activists world-wide, with whom Dylan has made many alliances.  Dylan was invited to speak and perform in St Patricks Hospital Dublin, at UK artist Bobby Baker’s ‘The Expert View’ micro festival in London, to speak at Cambridge University, to perform at the Mad in America Film Festival in Boston and the Driving us Crazy Film Festival in Gothenburg alongside some of the world’s leading radical and critical voices in progressive mental health.  Dylan was also invited to contribute a chapter entitled ‘Start Making Sense’ to the book ‘Performance, Madness and Psychiatry’ recently published by Palgrave.

Feature Image Courtsey of Pavel Strážay