For their new single ‘I Walk’, Æ MAK sound at their most creative on a song about “self-belief and determination,” and the duo worked with photographer Ellius Grace and set designer Ciara O’Donovan to create the cover photo for the single and a video to come.
‘I Walk’ is about feeling alone as we walk our own path in life towards our hopes and dreams, battling between individuality and conformity. The picture presents a group of women displayed as ornaments, placed decoratively in a set. From the onset they appear similar in a white uniform wearing blue masks but their uniformity highlights their differences. They may find comfort in unity but their strength lies within their individuality.
Æ MAK will play an Irish tour including dates at The Chestnut, Birr (22 April); The Sugar Club, Dublin (27 April); The Mac, Belfast (13 May); and Róisin Dubh, Galway (24 May).
Yesterday, I revealed the full lineup of acts for the church at Other Voices, now here’s the full music trail list of acts, which are the events that are free and open to the public throughout the day and after the main gigs.
The previously announced artists are below. New are:
Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers)
Moon Looks On
Nialler9 DJ set
Search Party Animal
Stephen James Smith
We Were Giants
+ Special guests
Yes, that’s a lot and it adds to the existing acts below. All Free. I’ll be DJing on the Friday night after the main event.
The song’s exuberant pop harmony and rhythm stand out as much for their sound (influenced as they are by Merrill Garbus’ Tune-Yards and jazz singer Anita O’Day) as their theatrical performance style.
McCann and McMahon’s debut 3-track EP establishes those touchstones as their foundations. ‘I Can Feel It In My Bones’ kicks things off on the right path, ‘Sing Hey Love’ is positive pop that takes its lifeforce from the two singers’ alchemic tones and its simple construction of bassline and percussion while ‘Celestial’ and its snaking rhythm and childlike vocal lines shake off with delight.
Æ MAK’s music can be a bright light in a world that feels increasingly dark.
The brilliant new Dublin duo Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon aka Æ MAK are influenced by tUnE-yArDs and Anita O’Day and perform with an emphasis on rhythmic vocal lines and harmonies.
The joyous ‘I Can Feel It In My Bones’ is their calling card, an exuberant call indeed, and here, for their first proper single release for the track, the pair are joined by dancers for this heartening dance video, directed by Graham Patterson and choreographed by Ryan O’Neill.
The song is from Æ MAK’s upcoming debut EP due in November. Catch the girls live in Dublin:
Æ MAK gig dates
October 27th: The OB’ Live’s Repeal IT gig @ FOAM Cafe
November 11th: “Some Kind of Gathering” alongside Beach, Spudgun and Wastefellow @ The Sugar Club
December 15th: The 5 Band Bash Xmas Party @ The Academy
On Saturday April 16th, I am putting on a gig as part of Musictown, the festival celebrating music talent and culture in the capital of all genres by Dublin City Council.
It’ll be a part of the Minimum Maximum series of special events in unique spaces and it will take place in the Dublin Food Co-Op in Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 (previous places have included Monster Truck Gallery, Block T and Wood Quay Amphitheatre).
On the night, there will be a lineup Irish emerging talent and established artists featuring:
Following his nationwide solo tour that included a sold out Whelan’s date, David Kitt will be playing songs from his revered albums past along with new ones from his forthcoming seventh album due this year. Patrick O’Laoghaire’s piano-based missives under the I Have A Tribe name brim with emotion, honesty and storytelling. New duo AE Mak, Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon are influenced by tUnE-yArDs and Anita O’Day and perform with an emphasis on rhythmic vocal lines and harmonies. More artists to be confirmed.
The event is BYOB. Early bird tickets are sold out but late birds are on sale now priced at €20+.