Cathal Coughlan, one of Ireland’s most revered and iconic songwriters, presents 'Unrealtime' from his acclaimed 'Song of Co-Aklan' LP, his first new music in ten years and sixth album to date. The accompanying video was created by Locky Morris, an Irish contemporary artist and musician from Derry in Northern Ireland.
Best known as co-founder and vocalist for seminal 80s/90s bands Microdisney and The Fatima Mansions, Coughlan has been described as "the most underrated lyricist in pop today" by The Guardian newspaper. DJ John Peel was also such a fan that he stated he could "listen to Cathal Coughlan sing the phone book".
'Unrealtime' is steeped in Coughlan's Irish past and the landscape that informed it. The album’s closer, it features a guest appearance from his former Microdisney bandmate Sean O'Hagan (also High Llamas, Stereolab) and acclaimed Dublin singer-songwriter Eileen Gogan, who previously appeared with the band on their final reunion shows in 2018.
”Unrealtime, as a song, muses back and forth on what it is to be an exile, revisiting one’s land of birth as not alone a stranger, but possibly as an observer from another dimension. And then, it begins looking on the extent of a person’s whole life from those unrelenting perspectives," says Cathal Coughlan.