With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.



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HAIM – Something To Tell You

Haim’s debut album exceeded expectations for a new act. The Haim Sisters’ mix Fleetwood Mac-style soft rock, ’60s girl-group sways, early 90s pop/rock and pristine pop. Their second album isn’t a radical departure but nor should it be. Haim are so good at recalling vintage pop music while creating music of the now in a glossy but human fashion. As singles ‘Little Of Your Love’, “Want You Back’ and ‘Right Now’ have already revealed, Something to Tell You revels in heartbreak. But those aren’t the only highlights – ‘Ready For You’ plucks up an ’90s rhythm in the style of George Michael, the title song’s bass and drum combo keep things rolling in the Peach Pit, ‘You Never Knew’ might well be a Fleetwood Mac song (produced by Dev Hynes) and ‘Walking away’ has ’90s R&B tones. Haim should be too sickly sweet but their pop conjuring act is too good to dismiss.

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Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder

Broken Social Scene still make albums. Nevermind making albums but a group of 17 members actually talking and organising regularly enough to do more than jam is the most impressive feat. Their fifth album may have taken seven years to arrive but the best thing about it is while it holds on to the Broken Social Scene pattern of bombastic indie-rock (which will likely be anywhere Kevin Drew and 16 other people may be) but Hug Of Thunder has a slightly different slant. Production by Joe Chiccarelli makes it sound enough apart from their previous discography to feel new. Leslie Feist (Feist) and Emily Haines (Metric) are back. It all adds to up a sense of invigoration and the bluster and bombast feels justified when it’s not papering over the songwriting cracks as it has in the past.

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Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo

Chaz Bundick’s fifth album retains that soft retro electronic pop glow that has characterised most of his releases. Boo Boo feels like the one most indebted to the ’80s in tone and sonics. It’s languid and warm and perfect, as the video album stream suggests, for a summery drive.

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Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 4

A free download EP of spacey beats and textures from Clams.

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DJ Shadow – The Mountain has Fallen EP

A surprise drop of four post The Mountain Shall Fall tracks featuring Nas, Danny Brown and Steven Price along with a drum’n’bass turntablist style instrumental.


Posted on July 7th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


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Hundred Waters – Particle’

The Florida band Hundred Waters debuted the first song from their third record which they are currently finishing up as a trio. ‘Particle’ is typical of the band to meld electronic textures with more earthly tones. They say it’s “a deeply personal song that reflects a period of profound change within the band wherein the relationships of the members have shifted into unfamiliar territory, reflected in the song’s rapidly morphing textures.” The song is a free download.


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Mac Demarco – ‘For The First Time’

Slacker indie lo-fi poster child Mac DeMarco released his fine third album This Old Dog on Friday. ‘For The First Time’, an immediate highlight, is languid retro summer pop at its best.


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Grizzy Bear – ‘Three Rings’

It’s been so long since Grizzly Bear I almost feel like a different person. Still, Grizzly Bear’s return after five years is like welcoming a familiar old friend. Despite the time lapse, ‘Three Rings’ is cut from the same cloth as the band’s previous material. Meticulous full-band layered arrangements that ominously circle the tune with Ed Droste singing about wanting “to show you my bad side.”


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Haim – ‘Want You Back’

‘Want You Back’, the Haim sisters’ return is just one of those good songs that everyone can get behind. There’s nothing radical in departure here – just a very tightly calibrated pop song with a singalong chorus that whets the appetite for Something To Tell You on July 7th.


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EMBRZ – ‘Heartlines’

The Irish producer Jack Casey has announced a new EP Progress out on Ultra Music in July 7th. That’s the US label which has worked with DeadMau5, Axwell, Alle Farben, Steve Aoki and it’s easy to imagine this new trackwith vocals from Meadowlark going down well in the US.


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Bibio – ‘Beyond My Eyes’

Bibio’s new Beyond Serious EP purports to show ” his teenage influences and harks back to his inspirations from mid to late 90s French house.” ‘Beyond My Eyes’ is my highlight.


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Mr Jukes – ‘Angels’ / ‘ Your Love’ feat. BJ The Chicago Kid

Jack Steadman, singer with the currently-on-hiatus Bombay Bicycle CLub tries his hand at soul jazzy hip-hop production and nails it on this diptych.


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All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

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Posted on May 8th, 2017

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Almost a year later than promised, Haim are back with news of their second album Something To Tell You on July 7th through Polydor.

Introducing the second album, is a Paul Thomas Anderson-directed live studio video with the the Haim sisters Este, Danielle and Alana.

The album was recorded with Ariel Rechtshaid and worked with Rostam Batamanglij (Vampire Weekend) on it.

‘Right Now’ has the sisters retaining that classic pop sound that has drawn so many to their music. Plus, theres a splash of bass face in there.

Haim will be on SNL on May 13th playing more new music.

Posted on April 27th, 2017

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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Everyone loves a bit of Haim. Seeing the LA sister band live or hearing new songs has been a long time coming but now it’s official, we’ll have to wait longer in Europe.

The band posted a note to say that because they are not done with album two, European festival dates have been pulled including Way Out West, Oya, Zurich Openair, Frequency, Reading/Leeds and yes, Electric Picnic.

Here is footage of a new song you won’t now be hearing in the flesh:

Posted on July 20th, 2016

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Electric Picnic’s 2016 lineup has just been revealed for Stradbally from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September this year.

Lineup for Electric Picnic 2016

  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Lana Del Rey
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • New Order
  • HAIM
  • Super Furry Animals
  •  Years & Years
  • Todd Terje
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Animal Collective
  • Gavin James
  • Wolf Alice
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Wild Beasts
  • Glass Animals
  •  Jack Garratt
  •  Savages
  • Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad
  •  Phosphorescent
  • Broken Social Scene
  •  Ezra Furman
  • Mount Kimbie DJ Set
  •  Daniel Avery
  •  Blossoms
  • Aurora
  • NAO
  •  Girls Names
  • Meilyr Jones

Area wise, expect the return of all the main stages, Salty Dog, Body & Soul, Trailer Park, Trenchtown, Theatre Of Food, Casa Bacardi, Just Eat Retreat, Electric Ireland and Global Green.

Tickets

Tickets are on sale at the full-price of €234 + fees or in instalments in three payments.

Family Weekend camping tickets are sold out.
Sunday day tickets are sold out.
Campervan/Caravan + Car passes are sold out.
Family Campervan/Caravan + Car passes are sold out.

Phone and Internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charge per ticket (Max €6.10).

Alternatively, You you can register to cycle or run to Electric Picnic. See RaboDirect Tour De Picnic 2016 . It’s a €50 deposit to secure your place for a ticket to Ireland’s biggest and best festival this way and then you fundraise a minimum of €380 for charities: ISPCC, Headway and The Jack & Jill Foundation.

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

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haim days are gone

Debut albums from ultra-hyped bands aren’t supposed to be this good. Debuts usually have one or two big hits and a mish-mash of songs where the band tries to replicate the magic formula of the lead singles. Yet, on Days Are Gone, the debut from Californian sisters Haim, is a all-killer, no-filler fully-realised bunch of songs.

The clue is probably in the name. The Haim sisters – Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have been playing music together since they literally in their nappies. As the appallingly named Rockinhaim, they played covers in a band where their parents played drums and guitar (recently reunited on stage – video proof). Blood runs deep.
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Posted on October 4th, 2013

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As premiered on Zane Lowe last night (exclusive central these days), Haim’s new single ‘The Wire’ is a live favourite and unadultered kick of melodic late ’80s pop-rock. The band have completed their debut album recording too. ‘The Wire’ is produced by Ariel Rechtshaid.

Posted on July 30th, 2013

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Photo by James Goulden.

Photo by James Goulden.

…and some not so good ones ones.

When I’m asked why I go to Austin for South By Southwest, the answer is basically: to see as many new bands as possible. The festival features over 2000 bands playing over 10 days so I try take in as much as I can. You can see/read myself, Una Mullally, Finian Murphy and 45 Sound’s SXSW coverage over at Red Bull Ireland including some video interviews and sessions.And pick up Day & Night on Friday for an interview from SXSW with Little Green Cars from myself. On with the good stuff…

The 20 best bands I saw at SXSW 2013 →

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Posted on March 21st, 2013

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All-female sister trio Haim will be playing Whelan’s, Dublin on May 25th. Sure to sell out in advance or more likely when tickets go on sale on Wednesday at €15 plus fees from Ticketmaster. The band’s Falling EP is out at the end of the month. I caught them at SXSW last year and they’ll be in Austin once more this year in a few weeks.

The other big gig announcement today was for Blur.

Posted on March 4th, 2013

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A collection of music videos of interest which arrived in the last few days..

Tanlines – ‘Not The Same’
Tanlines’ new one for ‘Not The Same’ has the pair playing every instrument live that they played on the recording of the song that featured on Mixed Emotions. Of course, the only way to do that is to clone yourself:

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Posted on November 29th, 2012

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