Other Voices kicked off again last night on RTE2. Among performances from Austin from Willie Nelson, Cage The Elephant and Dingle from Imelda May, Moon Looks On; All Tvvins, Conor Adams and Lar Kaye’s synth-pop rock band All Tvvins.
Next week, the show features Mumford And Sons, Saint Sister, Rejjie Snow, Margo Price and Roisin O. 11:30pm Thurs 9th Feb 23:30.
The Choice Music Prize is this year the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for the first time and the announcement of the 10 Irish albums were revealed a short time ago on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel.
The 10 albums shortlisted by the judges for Irish album of the year are:
All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)
The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.
2FM has promised to play Irish music all day from 6am to midnight today to mark the announcement along with live cessions from SOAK and Delorentos and a two-hour special on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016 shortlist, presented by Conor Behan from 8-10pm.
Shortlisted albums will also be featured throughout in the lead up to the live choice prize event on Thursday March 9th in Vicar Street.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €26.50 including booking fee.
Louise Bruton – Freelance & Irish Times
Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
Dan Hegarty – 2FM
Paddy McKenna – Editor, Joe.ie
Cathal Murray – RTE Radio 1
Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
Niall Power – Head of Music Beat FM
Eva Short – Deputy Editor, Trinity News
Irish Song of The Year 2016
The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening in the Workman’s Club.
Ding Ding Dingle. The 15th edition of Other Voices in the Kerry town is only a week and a bit away and that means the announcement of more acts and activities to the festival/TV show/ December getaway for music fans.
That’s not all of course, the organisers have announced a Music Trail West – a music event featuring live music around the Dingle Peninsula on the Saturday, a vinyl artwork exhibition and Ireland’s Edge, a related conference.
The St. James’ Church recordings will be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Dublin born/London made DJ and broadcaster Annie Mac and Fight Like Apes’ May Kay. eir will stream the St James’ Church performances live to ten venues across Dingle town.
Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from all the below along with Glass Animals, Skott, Chance The Rapper, Ardyn, Father John Misty and Hvmmingbyrd.
Justin Vernon’s shelving of Bon Iver a few years ago never felt absolute. As it turned out, as detailed in this essay by fellow bandmate Trevor Hagen, Vernon was at an emotional impasse. Unsure where to go next, he collaborated with Kanye, James Blake, Francis And The Lights, made music with Volcano Choir, he built a studio in his hometown of Eaux Claire in Wisconsin, he put on a music festival. He sought solace in personal understanding.
It was the second edition of the Eaux Claires music festival that Vernon chose to announce a new Bon Iver record. Having made it through that fraught period, Vernon was ready to start anew. ‘Over Soon’ is a fragile acknowledgement of the thin line between moving on and giving up and the empathy that music offers between us.
Pional began for many, as the right hand man to fellow Barcelona producer John Talabot. But if you’ve paid attention to his solo work, there’s been much more substance inherent than mere coat-tail riding.
A New EP When Love Hurts, out on Counter (Ninja Tune) on September 30th will feature Empress Of on vocals on ‘The Way You Like’ but lead track ‘Casualty’ is a distillation of his appeal: spacious minimal electronic music that recalls Michael Jackson productions and creeps under the skin hypnotically.
KDA feat. Tinashe – ‘Just Say’
A recent Ibiza highlight.
This came on the stereo earlier this week, only to to flash me back to a trip to Ibiza last month (courtesy of Absolut). I heard this at Pacha one of the nights I was there. This is just decent big-room dance music with US singer Tinashe bringing the R&B vibes as played by Claptone (I think) that night.
Emmanuelle – ‘Italove’
A recent highlight from Soulwax’s Dee Wee label
Brazilian-born singer Emmanuelle gave us absolute shade of the highest order on ‘Free Hi-Fi Internet’ a song in which she was more interested in the Wi-Fi password than talking to you the club.
‘Italove’ is a lot warmer in sentiment and leads with a ripe summery synth disco sound. ‘L’Uomo D’affari’ is also on the release.
All Tvvins – ‘End Of The Day’
The Dublin lads channel Talking Heads
From last week’s album of the week, the finally-released debut album from All Tvvins, ‘End Of The Day’ has an undeniable “Once In A Lifetime’ buzz to it both rhythmically and vocally. Hopefully, someone is let loose to make this as club friendly as possible.
Florence + The Machine – ‘Too Much Is Never Enough’
A Final Fantasy XV soundtrack song.
Surprise. Florence + the Machine dropped three new songs last week which are to feature on the upcoming Final Fantasy XV game.
Alongside a cover of Ben E King’s ‘Stand By Me’ and the xx-esque ‘I Will Be’, ‘Too Much Is Never Enough’ is a sprawling orchestral epic. Welch says her decision to get involved was inspired by a Classic FM radio broadcast.
“I was listening to Classic FM and there was a whole two hour program about classical music in videogames. It was so inspiring and a whole scope of music that I didn’t know about. ” Florence says of her decision to get involved in the project. “It was really fascinating, the music was incredibly beautiful and emotional and I took it as a sort of sign, to see what I can do in this medium.”
Band origin stories are usually littered with groups that weren’t great, were too young to be any good, were formed because of a stupid name or were necessary in the chain of experience. Conor Adams and Lar Kaye, the musicians behind All Tvvins had a more successful run than most.
Adams, along with his brother Neil and his friends from other bands like Abam and September Sun went on to form The Cast Of Cheers and release twoalbums of melodic looping post punk-inspired rock music. Kaye’s CV included Kelsey, Terrordactyl and Vimanas before Adebisi Shank’s wizard electronic math-rock took them to Japan, US and Europe and spawned three albums. After these bands the pair both tried out new shapes with Charmers and No Spill Blood respectively.
The back stories are worth mentioning because they inform the sound of IIVV. You can detect the dexterity of Kaye’s guitarwork throughout and Adams’ ability to gild a melody across a frenetic rhythm. Lewis Hedigan joins them as ably-suitable drummer. The more underground sensibilities of those previous bands are felt throughout the album, providing some bursts of imagination in what is a very solidly constructed and hugely enjoyable debut, from the Adebisi-esque wall of sound / guitar cranks on ‘Unbelievable’ to the indie-pop tautness of ‘These Four Words’.
llVV is what a modern rock record should be: full of imagination, drawing from the members’ pasts while adding textures of the ’80s that sounds anew when applied with better overall production: treated vocals, big drums, synth-pop and stadium rock.
Six of the album’s 10 songs will be familiar to most; the Aha-esque stadium rock of ‘Thank You’, the FIFA-featured glittering synth rock of ‘Darkest Ocean’, the earworm gallop of ‘Too Young To Live’, the cascading high-octane rock of ‘Resurrect Me’ included.
Production comes from several people: Jim Abbiss (Arcade Fire, Kasabian), Mark Rankin (Queens of the Stone Age, Bombay Bicycle Club), Matt Schwartz (Massive Attack) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Lana Del Rey, Wolf Alice), but they all serve the song’s pristine sound.
The marimba-rock of ‘Book’ is a new highlight and the first appearance of those treated halo-like vocals and the band’s blistering low-end. ‘End Of The Day’ nods to Talking Heads’ ‘Once In A Lifetime’ in both rhythm and vocal line, ‘Too Much Silence’ addresses smalltown begrudgery with ’80s stadium rock fist-pumping histrionics. IIVV is by and large a positive and uplifting lyrical album. Only, ‘The Call’ veers to close to safety by sounding a bit too much like The Killers in execution.
All Tvvins’ debut is a resourceful release, filled to the brim with a deftly executed take on modern stadium rock and synth pop, that has the prospect to take hold of the ears of many more. All Tvvins are already on their way to being a great band, it just didn’t happen overnight.
All Tvvins – llVV tracklist
2. Thank You
3. End Of The Day
4. The Call
5. Too Young To Live
6. Darkest Ocean
7. These 4 Words
8. Too Much Silence
9. Resurrect Me
Having announced their debut albumIIVV to be released in August and having played Longitude to a packed tent on Sunday, All Tvvins are set to play their biggest show yet on October 28th at the Olympia Theatre.
Tickets are €21 on sale Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.