Galway electronic pop artist Laoise Ní Nualláin grew up playing violin and piano before teaching herself the guitar at the age of 11. She then started writing music at age 15. Her debut EP Halfway, of understated electronic-assisted pop, was released this year and was a regular feature on Nialler9.


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Banks – Underdog

One of my all-time favourite artists is Banks, and this new release is probably one of her best – can I say that? I love its play on a victorious underdog and how its music closely relates to just that; it’s triumphant.


I love these women so much, and this song is the best song to dance to EVER. I love Hana and JJ’s motto “Women Rule’, and their universal celebration for women holding each other up. Their live set is also a dream.


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Lauv – Easy Love

I only discovered Lauv recently but I had him on repeat the second I did. He’s a really interesting artist to watch in the studio as he sort of makes his own rules which really inspires me. I especially love this music video, it actually influenced my latest music video for ‘Rich’.


4.

Jafaris – If You Love Me

I’m probably the hundredth person to say this at this stage, but Irish music is really thriving today. Jafaris is one of my favourite artists of 2017 and I can’t get over the production on this track. The beautiful heartfelt lyrics make the song a masterpiece.


5.

Skott – Wolf

From Sweden, Skott has to be my favourite discoveries of 2017. Even though this track was released in July of 2016, it has influenced my music massively this year. I just love how her vocals soar in this chorus, such a gem…


Dermot Kennedy’s music takes you from one world to a completely new one, one minute you’re treading lightly on acoustic guitar and the next you’re sucked into a massive Kennedy choir (lol). The raw emotion that perforates through the slick production is what made it one of my favourite songs of 2017.


7.

Oh Wonder – Heavy

This was my favourite song to boogie to all year. I got to see Oh Wonder last month in the Academy and their set was incredible, so much energy.


8.

Mr Jukes – Somebody New

The stank on this track is too much. If you don’t know Mr. Jukes, you may know him as Bombay Bicycle’s Club former front man, Jack Steadman. He began this soul project on a cargo ship, where he set up a studio (I KNOW, SO COOL) and wrote the album’s first song ‘Typhoon’, but ‘Somebody New’ has to be my favourite from the album.


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Sigrid – Dynamite

I’m sure Sigrid is a new favourite for many in 2017, and for me too – I think what makes her stand out so much is her powerful vocal delivery, her voice is so unique and you can tell she feels every single word she sings, that’s why I love her so much.


10.

Greta Isaac – Intro (Creatures of Habit)

Hailing from Wales comes electro-folk Greta Isaac, and if you’re unaware of her, you’re in for a treat. Hearing this track for the first time I could feel each hair on my body stand up, and its deft music video really bolstered that. I’ll just say you’re welcome now.


 

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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


Bitch Falcon give us their new track ‘Of Heart’, a Nialler9 favourite. Fans will recognise this one as a stand out from live shows giving a slow dirge of rock that creeps across its running time menacingly.


Paddy Hanna’s father’s illness lead him to write a song inspired by American singer Mario Lanza. A very upbeat and joyful track with an underlining sorrowful tone as it reflects his emotions relating to a illness that left his father in a coma for two weeks.


Sligo producers Brame & Hamo are back two years on from their last release with a new 3 track EP. ‘Hurt You’ off the new EP is a hard-hitting track with trance flavours and vocal samples that deliver a deeper tone in comparison to their earlier work.


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Laoise- Rich

Galway electronic pop artist Laoise’s new track is deeply atmospheric and shows off her powerfully haunting vocals. Laoise continues to develop her visual aesthetic too via the new video by Christian Tierney.


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Nefera- I Dare You

Egyptian/Irish R&B artist Nefera third single ‘I Dare You’ has a catchy beat with soulful vocals. You may find yourself singing along to this one after a few listens.


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Sonja Sleator- Mia

Belfast-based singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator reminds me of a Irish version of Courtney Barnett. This song has a very catchy upbeat melody with narrative lyrics about the titular character.

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Darce – Valhalla ft Eve Clague

Alt-hip-hop rapper Darce has teamed up with fellow Cork native Eve Clague on a track that captures the essence of youthful antics in rural Ireland with backing vocals that enhance the song’s emotion.

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New Portals – Chasing Shade

The prolific Belfast couple Ruth and Michael Aicken are back with new track ‘Chasing Shade’. They say: “it’s a song we wrote about that one person we all know who is just happy with their lives no matter what happens. We’re off busying ourselves, trying to make the world a better place or build a better or more fulfilling future for ourselves and some people are just happy to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. This song is about how envious we are of those people and how we wish we could just get away from the compulsions that drive us.”

Posted on November 15th, 2017

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


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Arcade Fire – ‘Creature Comforts’

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.”


2.

Daphni – ‘Tin’

Classic Dan Snaith dancefloor business. A soft-focus yet percussively tough track full of euphoria and emotion.


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Lorde – ‘Writer In The Dark’

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.


4.

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.


5.

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.”


6.

Bicep – ‘Aura’

From an album of all-new material on Ninja Tune out in September, ‘Aura’ is another example of Bicep’s percussive and technical precision for dance music.


7.

Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘The Way You Used To Do’

Mark Ronson was brought on board to produce QOTSA’s new record and ‘The Way You Used To Do’ is classic tight rock riffs with an addled day-glow brain driving it. They play Dublin in November.


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All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

Check out the regularly updated Spotify playlists.

Posted on June 19th, 2017

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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.

Tickets

Cheapest tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite.

This month’s guests are:

SHOOKRAH

Fresh alternative soul six-piece from Cork.

ROSIE CARNEY

A moving, honest 19 year-old songwriter from Donegal with 2 million Spotify streams.

LAOISE

Brooding electronic pop artist from Galway on the up.

Facebook event

DOORS: 8pm

There are free pints of O’Haras Beers for the first 40 in the door and tastings throughout in the Bello Bar sitting room.

Poster by Ruan Van Vliet.

Posted on April 11th, 2017

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Æ MAK have announced a series of dates to coincide with an upcoming single called ‘I Walk, which they will play as a seven-piece band.

The gigs will take place in April and May and include:

22 April: The Chestnut, Birr (Free)
27 April: The Sugar Club, Dublin with Laoise and our own Lumo Club

13 May: The Mac, Belfast — with Beauty Sleep (£12.50)
24 May: Roisin Dubh, Galway – Free in

Get tickets from their website.

‘I Walk’ will followup the band’s EP (listen here) from last year and here’s a preview of the song out on April 3rd.

Posted on March 7th, 2017

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Laoise, the rising Galway electro pop artist, has released one standout track in ‘You’ so far.

That debut track received over 175k plays on Spotify, a fact that was celebrated with a live video.

The follow-up song ‘Halfway’, Laoise told Notion:

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).

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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Galway artist Laoise is set to build on her Nirvana cover and the release of the brooding slow-moving electro-pop ‘You’ with the release of her debut EP Halfway shortly.

Til then, please enjoy a live version of ‘You’ recorded with her live band at South Studios and shot by Éamonn McManus.

The song now has over 136,000 plays on Spotify.

DOP: Aidan Maguire
Keys: Seán Behan
Percussion: Cian Hanley
Guitar: Sam Killeen
Sound: APCK Studios

Posted on January 27th, 2017

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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.

Posted on November 15th, 2016

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