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
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
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
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
Sorcha Richardson and New Jersey duo Fortunate Ones release their first EP as a free download.
Irish folk singer Sorcha Richardson and New Jersey duo Fortunate Ones have showed us the fruit of their New York-based labours in two lovely tracks ‘Coast’ and ‘Central Park’ and this week they released the five-track Cocoon Bloom EP for a nice free download. You can donate too. ‘Central Park’ and ‘Coast’ have already showed… Read more »
Posted on February 4th, 2014
The LA band make a robust and sensuous second album.
Four years after their debut album, Warpaint’s followup release normalises what helped characterise their sound. The stoner rock and ’90s alt-guitar band elements have been jettisoned in favour of a more cohesive whole that’s more informed by electronic and R&B music without any cynical motivations. The overall emphasis on mood means that there’s no room… Read more »
Posted on January 30th, 2014
Martin Hayes and friends create new ideas with the help of old ones on their spacious breathing debut.
Irish traditional music is a stranger to me. It’s always been. I’ve a cursory knowledge of some jigs, reels, sean nós, and some of the history of it but not much. As a Dublin kid and a Kildare teen, I wasn’t surrounded by it. My family didn’t play it or participate in it, save for… Read more »
Posted on January 17th, 2014
The Irishman moves past conventions and the folk tag on an ambitious second outing.
If you’re looking for the most stark difference between James Vincent McMorrow’s Early In The Morning phase and his current second album Post Tropical, look no further than ‘Red Dust’, the third track on the album. The song was originally released in 2011 on a 7″ in a different version which has an epic reaching… Read more »
Posted on January 10th, 2014
The Grand Pocket Orchestra singer tones down the cacophony on his solo album.
As noted previously, Paddy Hanna is the lead singer of Grand Pocket Orchestra, perhaps the defining “bockety-pop” band in the Popical Island label roster. Hanna’s vocal for GPO have tended to sound akin to a hyperactive child dispensing words excitedly and rapidly. That bright outcome has its charms but for his solo material on the… Read more »
Posted on January 9th, 2014