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First listen to the Dublin duo's second album and first look at the 'Hunger' video too.

The first album from John Duignan and drummer Conall O’Breachain as We Cut Corners clocked in at 27 minutes but packed in more passion, melody and meaning than most manage at twice that length. That brevity is one of the band’s greatest assets, the delivery of short, sharp gut punching tracks that bow to the three-minute rule has… Read more »

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

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Irish bands cover Visage, Kylie, Aaliyah, Eurythmics, Madonna, Lykke Li, Queen, Belle & Sebastian & more.

The Outhouse is an LGBT resource centre on Capel Street in Dublin there to support those in the LGBT community, and for the third year in a row, a team of musicians and artists have co-oped Record Store Day, another day of community to bring both the communities of music and Outhouse together under the… Read more »

Posted on April 16th, 2014

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A vivid and visceral debut from New York trio.

Introducing your debut album with a statement that suggests discarding hip-hop legacy when comparing today’s new generation of rappers is both brazen and commendable. It’s a statement of intent from New York’s Ratking: Wiki, Hak and elder producer Sporting Life. They might be trying to escape the weight of Biggie, but they cross paths with… Read more »

Posted on April 11th, 2014

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A valiant attempt at avoiding single-serving long player.

You could argue that we don’t even need a Todd Terje album. The Norwegian cosmic disco don has proved his worth over the last ten years with a series of killer dance singles. ‘Eurodans’, ‘Inspector Norse’, ‘Strandbar’, ‘Spiral’, ‘Lanzarote’ and ‘Ragysh’ are some of the tracks he’s released that are almost guaranteed to help fill… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2014

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A distillation of the melodramatic synth-pop band's core sound for their fourth and best album.

It was amazing to see Future Islands‘ Samuel T. Herring on US TV rubbernecking, crabwalking and tearfully putting himself into the hearts of many unsuspecting viewers on Letterman last month performing ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’. Not least because the performance was a brave, humdrum-transcending and authentic crystallisation of what music should feel like to performer… Read more »

Posted on March 28th, 2014

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Second album finds Deaf Joe in sonically testing territory.

Waterford musician and songwriter Deaf Joe’s debut Burrowings showcased an abstracted folk sound. For the followup, From The Heights Of A Dream, out now on Delphi, Deaf Joe moves further into abstraction. Across 35-minutes and 9 tracks, the songs are exploratory with many leaving the impression of an artist trying out new ideas with almost-neoclassical… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2014

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Beck's twelfth album is a comforting sonic dawn.

Despite an audience willing Beck Hansen to do what he does best, it’s been six whole years since Beck gave us an album in the form of Modern Guilt, nine years since Guero and frighteningly 18 fucking years since Odelay. He started as a sonic slacker became a playful post-modern hoodwinker, turned into a serious… Read more »

Posted on February 28th, 2014

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The Irish premiere of Annie Clark's fourth album is here on Nialler9..

Working collaboratively with a visionary artist like David Byrne has only made Annie Clark more fearless, more aware of her own convictions and more comfortable. Witness the current live performances, which like, the Love This Giant stage shows, use simple choreography and glances between the performer and band and performer and audience. Her own stage… Read more »

Posted on February 18th, 2014

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Her second album brims with a powerful intimacy despite the increased dynamism.

When you have a voice so striking you could hang a hat on it, it’s probably a good idea to hang your songs on it too. Angel Olsen’s 2012 debut album Half Way Home introduced us to the Missouri singer’s deep country-folk vibrato that sometimes sounded like an entrant in a yodelling competition and musically,… Read more »

Posted on February 13th, 2014

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