Gráinne Dee is a musician who played with Irish post-punk band Cap Pas Cap several years back.
Today, she returns with news of a solo project as Hostess and an album A Simple Life, recorded with Stephen Shannon in Experimental audio out in Summer 2017 on After the Quake Records.
‘Valentine’ , despite arriving on the day that’s in it, is the opposite, a layered electronic-indie pop song that builds like an M83 song. It’s deceptively bright, admonishing a former love, in its sheen.
Directed by Sam Boyd who provided the band with their brilliant ‘We Are Men’ video. Cap Pas Cap launch their album Haunted Light (available on vinyl, cassette & digital, no CD) this Saturday in The Workman’s Club with support from Meljoann (stream her album here) and Catscars.
It’s been a good week for Irish debut albums. And here’s another one that’s been a while in the offing. Cap Pas Cap will release Haunted Light in November on Skinny Wolves with two singles coming ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Friends’ before that. This is the first free download ‘Mirrors’ which is reminiscent of something Ladytron might have recorded but with extra shade and oomph. I look forward to seeing what the band have come up with. Some old material is after the jump.
Cap Pas Cap – Mirrors
Haunted Light will be released on vinyl, cassette (both with free downloads) and the usual digital stores. A launch gig takes place on Saturday 13th November in The Workmans Club with full lineup to be confirmed, with the new monthly Skinny Wolves Club in the upstairs venue afterwards. Pre-orders are available here and here.
A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.
This week: DM Stith quietly visits Ireland and supports Adrian Crowley as well as gigs from Port O’ Brien, Antipop Consortium, Chew Lips, Laura Marling, DJ Feadz and local gigs worth going to including sets from The Cast of Cheers, Yes Cadets, Not Squares, Robotnik, Talulah Does The Hula, Sounds of System Breakdown, White Lies DJ at Propaganda and an All City Records takeover in the Bernard Shaw on Wednesday. Mp3s below too as always – make sure to check out the Four Tet remix of Antipop Consortium if you haven’t heard it.
A list of events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. Stand outs for me this week are The Antlers (explains pic), Florence and her Machine, Grand Pocket Orchestra Floating Points and Duke Dumont.
Last night, Ireland got its first, long overdue spotlight on music video directors of this country at the IMTV Video Music Awards. The inaugural event saw Eoghan Kidney win three awards including Best video for Valerie Francis’ Punches, Best Director and Best Original Concept. It was a great night, a celebration of the creativity of largely under-resourced folk and a timely reminder that Irish music videos are as vital as ever, which is something we are finally seeing again with Under the Ether and Una Mullally’s forthcoming TG4 series in 2010.
Most importantly, I hope awards like this continue to inspire directors and their production teams to the point where we see even better videos win next year. There are some bloody great ones here all the same. Congrats to IMTV for putting on a great event. FYI: I was one of the judges for the awards.
Here are the winners:
Best Live Video
Winner: And So I Watch You From Afar – Set Guitars to Kill (Dir: Will McConnell)
Lisa Hannigan – I Don’t Know. (Dir: Donal Dineen)
Lisa Hannigan – Lille. (Dir: Will Mcconnell)
Ladydoll – Button
The Brilliant Things – Rise (more…)
This might just be my post of the year. 20 songs from 24 artists (remixes double it up) who appear at Electric Picnic this year clocking in at 63 minutes. This mixtape has some of my favourite music of the year contained within it, mixed to the best of my ability in under six hours and you don’t even have to be going to the festival to enjoy it. The second half properly kicks off. It’s available as the latest podcast too.
I took my cue from the list published in The Irish Times today. While that does suffer slightly from “middle-of-the-road-itis” or “lowest common denominator-list” theory (Both made up on the spot obviously), there’s nothing overtly wrong with the list as picked by Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea, Sinead Gleeson and Lauren Murphy. It’s a good representation of Irish music right now even though everybody will probably agree that there’s something missing from the list and that it favours indie or rock acts over other genres. Someone on Jim’s blog scoffed at the ability to be able to come up with 50 great Irish acts in operation right now but I’d also like to test that theory. Most lists will always favour the already-established, more well-known names who perhaps are riding on the coat-tails of former glories. That’s why all lists are pants. They are fun to make however.
As blogs are seeing as an alternative to mainstream media, I thought it’d be fun to post my own. My list was selected as an accurate representation of the 50 acts I’m most interested in hearing more of right now. These are the 50 acts who are making Irish music good enough to stick around this country in the times of recession and who are not eye-rollingly shit. The fact that it was such a piss-easy exercise and I left off loads proves that Irish music is healthier than its been for years and years. Get purchasing.
So here are the top 50 acts in Ireland, in alphabetical order I’m keenly watching right now.
A new 12″ is due from Cap Pas Cap is due in December and I’ve been lucky enough to have a listening copy of the 4-track release for the last while. The A-side is streaming on their myspace right now and is a lot more thumping and driving than their previous material. There are also three hi-grade remixes from Jape (another banger), Decal and thatboytim. All are brilliant in their own right. You have to get this when it comes out.