After the relative jolt of ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire get less dreamy and a bit dirtier with ‘Creature Comforts’ which kicks off like an electro-clash single from 2002 before the AF ‘vista’ comes in to play. Vocally though, both Win and Regine are addled new territory and it reinforces the track’s synth-waving arrangement. The lyrics about self-image, self-esteem and suicide counteract the sonics with a pure heaviness. “She dreams about dying all the time / She told me she came so close / Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record.”
Melodrama is a great followup record for the New Zealand Onion Ring-loving musician. After two full listens, it’s clear that with the album’s deft production details (coproduced with Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff), the vocal adlibs and the songwriting is top class. ‘Writer In The Dark’ is an immediate highlight, cemented when Lorde does her best Kate Bush reach on the line ” am my mother’s child, I’ll love you ’til my breathing stops / I’ll love you ’til you call the cops on me.” I’m also loving ‘Sober’ in particular but the entire album is high class Melodrama.
Washed Out – ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’
Ernest Greene is truly back. This is a light house-inspired electronic song that recalls summer vistas and afternoons by the beach.
Laoise – ‘Shooting’
Laoise’s Halfway EP dropped on Friday and ‘Shooting’ is the only song from it we hasn’t really heard from the Galway electronic pop artist.
“Shooting is probably my favourite track off the EP. In comparison to the other songs, it’s quite bare and raw. When writing it, I feel I got to delve into new territories and emotions, which is echoed in the song’s lyrics. I wrote this song with a friend of mine, and we were both going through similar experiences where no matter what we did, we felt we couldn’t grasp and take hold of the things we wanted – be it a relationship or a career path. ‘Shooting with no ammo’ explains the effort you go to finally reach something, only to realise you messed up on the first step, and starting again doesn’t always feel worth it. It’s that moment when you feel so trapped and lost, going around in circles over and over and wondering if you’ll ever break the cycle.”
Homebeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer proudly present Future Proof – a new series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.
After a very full Bello on a wet Wednesday night enjoyed Come On Live Long, Proper Micro NV and Buffalo Woman, we’re back in the in the warm cosy surroundings of Bello Bar on Wednesday April 19th. Future Proof #2 features three of the most vibrant acts performing on these shores at this moment.
I wrote ‘Halfway’ about two years ago during a time when I wasn’t paying attention to my own needs and health, and I compromised my happiness for other people and their excessive expectations. Writing ‘Halfway’ was my way of pushing past this. It stands as a very important stage in my life and even though, in a way, I’m scared as fuck to release it, I’m so grateful that I can share it with people.
The song was made with producer Seán Behan (A Place Called Kai Studios).
Galway artist Laoise Ní Nualláin came to my attention with a downbeat electro pop cover of Nirvana’s Come As You Are earlier this year.
Laoise’s debut EP Halfway is coming in January and ‘You’ the first single ‘You’ mixes Laoise’s flighty vocals with a brooding electronic pop low-end and touches of R&B and pop.
Ní Nualláin grew up in Galway playing violin and piano before teaching herself the guitar at the age of 11. She started writing music at age 15.
Her debut EP was written when she felt she was halfway through working out mental and physical difficulties. She worked with producer Seán Behan (A Place Called Kai Studios). The Halfway EP is out in January.