The Solomon Grey project really came together in late 2009, when Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson moved, to live and write in The Crookhaven Lighthouse, Co. Cork, Ireland.
This rugged landscape inspired the duo to write much of their first album.
When the idea of creating a soundtrack to the Wild Atlantic Way came about, the band’s connection to the West Coast of Ireland matched perfectly with their creative interests and direction.
Dathanna, the name of the EP, means colours in the Irish language. The title and the individual track names were prompted in part by the colours the band encountered on their trip. But these names are more than this: travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way the band actually felt these colours, in a synesthetic experience hard to define or put a finger on. The music is Solomon Grey’s translation of these experiences. Written in Irish, the words develop a poetic beauty in themselves.