Slow Place Like Home
Atlantic North-West, County Donegal
'Slow Place Like Home' is the music of producer/musician Keith Mannion.
Based in the forests of Donegal, in the North-West of Ireland, he has already released a series of EPs and two albums - debut ‘Romola' in 2015 and the critically acclaimed sophomore 'When I See You... Ice Cream!', in 2017. He is currently writing new material as 'Slow Place Like Home' and is also one third of 'Gaze is Ghost'.
Having toured with Joan as Policewoman, Amadou & Miriam, Fujiya &Miyagi, Dan Deacon, and played with Squarepusher, Perfume Genius, Day Wave, Ezra Furman, Moodoïd, Prince Rama, Glass Animals and Pantha Du Prince, Mannion has teamed up with Galway's Strange Brew Rekkids and continues to tour his latest album into 2018.
"The projected insularity of Slow Place Like Home has always been a big part of what makes his music so inviting. By expanding that singularity, When I See You… Ice Cream! quietly emerges as one of the Irish albums of the past year, at the very least." - The Quietus.
"Fabulous album from a totally unique talent" - WFMU
"Some songs here you could actually dance to, others are more for spacing out, but there's not a single dud in this collection. This is sweet-tasting ice cream indeed... with sonic sprinkles." - Hot Press Magazine.
"One of the finest producers in Ireland and one of my favourite artists anywhere on Earth right now" - Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio 6/ Radio Ulster.
"There’s a firm sense of a musician very close to deserved crossover success." - The Irish Times.
"Based in the rural depths of Donegal, Ireland, SlowPlaceLikeHome is a remarkably unique talent. Drifting wisps of electronics give way to sugar sweet pop melodies, all pieced together with an unerring strangeness. Real name Keith Mannion, the producer/musician's semi-exile from cultural conduits has seemingly allowed him to do exactly as he pleases and it works!" - Clash Magazine.
"Sumptuous offerings, from a candid, yet bizarre musical source, Mannion twists the knife with his three-dimensional hooks" - NME magazine.
"The project of Keith Mannion has morphed from bedroom electronic project to a full live band in recent years and new album When I See You…Ice Cream! is affirmation of his new inclusive ethos." - Nialler9.
"‘Romola’ from SlowPlaceLikeHome is an album that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It delivers everything that I hoped for, no matter how unreasonable! It may turn out to be a slow burner but one you should give a chance. You won’t be disappointed." - Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM.
"Hazy, cryptically vague and full of inventive and adventurous tracks, Romola is inspired and informed by the isolation and desolation of the Irish coast which sculpted it’s formation. Cherry-pick certain tracks and you’ll find sturdy but indistinct pieces of a puzzle; full involve yourself in the record, however, and you’ll find a debut album as immersive as it is impressive." - Gold Flake Paint.
"Made with classic stylings, SlowPlaceLikeHome feels contemporary. It’s a tight collection oozing personality and charisma, making Mannion a luminary in the current scene." - Alan Reilly, State Magazine.
"It’s time to make room in the frame for Donegal’s Keith Mannion. Deep, moody, evocative and beautifully pitched, Mannion’s somnolent electronica is best captured on release “Coastal Hubs for Chivalry” " - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times.
"You’ve heard of the Pacific North-West; time now for the Atlantic North-West. Donegal-based Keith Mannion brings us a set of diverse but finely balanced electronic (semi-) instrumentals. This is heart-on-its-sleeve electronic music, with moments of genuine emotion. That’s not to say it doesn’t pay attention to arrangements though – the signs are that these are meticulously put together. And there are tunes to fall in love with, or even to. Although it takes account of cross currents in jazz and folktronica, it has its roots in kosmische. And what a beautiful thing it is." - Conor O'Toole, WEARENOISE
"music that seeps into your skin, swirls around in your brain and nurtures your creative energy like fresh rain at the end of summer. I believe that SlowPlaceLikeHome is quite successful at this. And, he seems to be slowly building an arsenal of tracks for whatever creative mood you might be in." - Digital Mumbles
"...SlowPlaceLikeHome, a project of rich instrumental electronic music which could be described as expansive, pensive and seductive." - Irish Independent