The winner of Ireland’s prestigious Choice Music Prize – Ireland’s Album of the Year Award – for his spectacular Season of the Sparks, singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley brings to mind some of the greatest singers we’ve known. There are touches of Bill Callahan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Robert Wyatt – but that wouldn’t do justice to the whole story of his artistry. If you’re looking for a place to start you can’t go wrong with last year’s Dark Eyed Messenger, his eighth album. It’s a masterful work of unwavering beauty and sadness that explores the crushing devastation that love can bring. It’s an impossibly rich addition to an already impressive body of work and we can’t wait to welcome him in September.