Jim Griffin: Marginalia Suburbia CD
Jim is a musician from Limerick, Ireland. As part of post-rock instrumentalists “Zombie Picnic”, he released two well-received albums via Golden Shred Records, Ireland, between 2016 and 2018.
As a solo performer Jim has released two experimental acoustic, folk-tinged albums via psychedelic folk drone UK label Reverb Worship. His most recent solo album, 2020’s “The Signal”, was a space rock tour-de-force, featuring guest performance from original Blue Öyster Cult founding member, Joe Bouchard and Jonathan Sharp, of Lake District based hauntronica project The Heartwood Institute.
"Never one to be limited by genre, Marginalia Suburbia is a distinctly less-is-more approach - a collage of sorts, exploring his hometown of Limerick through snippets of field recordings against a backdrop of acoustic guitar loops, timpani, and gentle electronic instrumentation.This album occupies a place somewhere between the urban and the rural. In Ireland, it’s never too hard to get from one to the other. Dig a flowerbed, find an old horseshoe. Get chatting to a neighbour, find a connection to your Granny’s people. Drive for half an hour and visit the neolithic tombs of The Burren, then back home for a cup of tea in the back garden. Or around the kitchen table if the day is soft.
And the days are often soft here in my hometown. A city actually (but only by Irish standards), Limerick sits wistfully at the mouth of the Shannon River. Her sinewy tidal estuary loops through our centre and gently blurs the edges between countryside, street, and suburb. It’s suburbia where you’ll find me, usually. Working a small garden as if it were the Bull McCabe’s field. Hoovering the house like a demon, cursing the tyranny of crackers. Feeding a cat who flatly refuses to love me like she should. Pretending we need milk so I can pop into town to walk by the waterfront.
And occasionally, sometimes stealthily, I retreat to the attic and noodle fragments of folky tunes on a loyal and sympathetic acoustic guitar. Birdsong bleeding onto the tape if it’s early morning. The neighbour’s dog barking at passers-by, creeping into the mix at night. Capturing the happy accidents that might get recorded from time to time, in the margins of the day. "