Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly most recently released ‘Hollow’ along with an EP earlier this year. She plays a homecoming show in Westport on December 22nd.


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Jome – Hollow

Jome is a newly launched project, half of which is made up of an old favourite artist of mine, Imaginary Future. His solo music is very simply singer-songwriter, with intricate, heartfelt lyrics. With Jome, those elements are still present but it’s effectively pop with a little more resonance to it. ‘Hollow’ is one of my favourites from the album because of its hefty chorus but the whole record is definitely worth a listen.


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Lorde – Liability

I’m in love with Lorde’s entire album Melodrama. I think it’s one of the best records written this year and one of the most effective I’ve ever heard in terms of capturing heartbreak & rediscovery. It was hard to choose a favourite but ‘Liability’ stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it – I felt like I had just read her diary.


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Lucy Rose – Second Chance

I’ve always been a massive fan of Lucy Rose and her new album ‘Somethings Changing’ was so exception. It usually only takes one really great lyric to draw me into a song and these particular lines struck a chord with me:

“Take my photograph
keep it ’til I’m old enough to know
That I was lovely, and I was truthful
If only I could have seen it
If only I could have believed it”


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LAOISE – Rich

My favourite release from Laoise so far is Rich. It’s such an infectious melody. On top of the song itself, everything that accompanied the release was so thoughtfully put together – the artwork, the video – it made for a whole experience, not just a one-off tune and really made me want to experiment with my visuals too.


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Big Thief – Pretty Things

A friend introduced me to Big Thief and now I’m in love with their entire back catalogue. ‘Pretty Things’ is a particular stand out, it’s so beautifully sad and heartfelt.


6.

George Ogilvie – Surveillance

I just discovered this song on a random Spotify playlist and I am absolutely in love with it. Ogilvie’s vocal is mesmerising and the production perfectly compliments it.


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All Tvvins – Crash

The most recent release on this list is ‘Crash’ from All Tvvins. I’m always intrigued by vocal effects and the melody and production on this track are just so well crafted. I love the conversational style of the lyrics and the way the chorus just kind of hits you in the face. Just an absolute tune.

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Billie Eilish – Bellyache

Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot more electronic music. I discovered Eilish last month and I’m blown away by her. Mostly by the fact that she is 15 (see profile). Bellyache is just a hilariously good song. Written about murdering all her friends, yet also a total bop. And what a video.


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Ailbhe Reddy – Never Loved

I swear I’m not being biased by including my friends on this list – I honestly think ‘Never Loved’ from Ailbhe’s ‘Attached To Memory’ EP is such an incredible song. I had the pleasure of hearing it live every night on our tour in May and the meaning of it never fails to hit home every time.


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Rae Morris – Do It

Just an ultimate feel good track. When I discovered this song, I played it on repeat for days. Also great for dancing around your sitting room to pump yourself up for gigs..or so a friend told me.


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


1.

Wyvern Lingo – Snow II

This track from the Wicklow trio has melodic and vocal similarities to that of Hiatus Kaiyote, with a soothing mix of bass synths and soft drum beats, written in response to the Simon and Garfunkel song ‘I Am A Rock’.


2.

IAMDDB ft Graeme S – You Don’t Know Me

You should already know who IAMDDB is but if you don’t, she is 21-year-old singer-songwriter Diana Debrito from Manchester. Here, she teams up with Limerick producer Graeme S (also of Lakerama / Hsuan Records). The track is fueled with snappy lyrics from IAMDDB almost freestyling over a mix of screeching sounds and ambient beats. It’s one of two tracks that the pair teamed up on the EP.  IAMDDB plays a headline show in The Button Factory this Thursday.


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Maria Kelly – Hollow

The Mayo singer-songwriter continues to deliver delicate melodies and hauntingly emotional lyrics and vocals on her new track ‘Hollow’. The soft tones of violin throughout the track further more add to the emotive tone. You can catch Maria Kelly live this weekend at Other Voices in Dingle.


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All Tvvins – Crash

Dublin duo Conor Adams and Lar Kaye have spent the year moving their music from a stadium-centred rock style to a more exploratory pop sound aided by a new relationship with Diffusion Lab (Soulé, Jafaris). ‘Crash’ is notable for its sombre lyrical content: covering traumatic life experiences –  heart attack and cancer. It’s a downbeat and desolate song with Adams’ processed voice not hiding the desolation. The song offers a respite in a chorus that at once, acknowledges the fatalistic but offers hope in its soaring sonics.

All Tvvins play a number of Irish dates in March and DJing at the Lumo Christmas Party on Decemver 15th.


5.

Jake Hurley – Haircut

Everyone feels great after a haircut but Jake Hurley felt so good that he wrote a song about it and a tongue-in-cheek catchy one at that. The video was directed by Zak Milofsky.


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Blue Americans – Bull On Venice Beach

Paris/Belfast duo  Daniel Morgan Ball and Kris Platt were former members of Belfast alt-rock band More Than Conquerors. Two years later, they have returned with a very different sound ‘Bull On Venice Beach’ is markedly contrasting in its melodically-coated vocals and bright electro-pop production. A surprising rebirth. They play Bar Sub in Belfast on December 3rd.


‘Enfold You’ showcases a more experimental and developing sound for Wastefellow in comparison to his previous releases such as ‘Wonder’ and ‘Meet Me’. The video was directed and edited by Flann Manning with lighting techniques inspired by the ’60s film Inferno.


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Ganiyu TLG & Lui Meme – Vulnerable ft Mike Lawal

Ganiyu TLG started the year with the incendiary track ‘Shivers’ and ends it with this soulful jazzy banger with a video shot in and around the Guinness premises at St.  James’ Gate and includes a local misunderstanding on the carriage.


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Inner City Radio – Love

A Limerick-based collaboration between Emøly and Sean O’Mahony, Inner City Radio follow up the digital blues of ‘S.O.S’ with  a soulful live track ‘Love’.


This track by Dublin native Anthony McGeown is a collaboration with Overhead, the Albatross members David Prendergast and Ben Garrett that builds up slowly with a mix of alternative-rock and ambient pop.

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Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly has been writing music since she was 10, yet she’s just released her first single ‘Before It Has Begun’, a mournful finger-picked acoustic song released late last year.

Followup single ‘Black & Blue’ is a melodic acoustic pop song in the vein of a brighter Daughter.

It’s out 1st July 2016 via Veta Records and arrives with this video directed by Kate Dolan where Kelly attempts to impress a boy.

Maria plays with Hawk and Elm tomorrow night in Avenue.

Maria Kelly – tour dates

Supporting HAWK on tour this June

10th June – Avenue, 1 Crow St., Temple Bar – Dublin
11th June – Kasbah Club – Limerick
15th June – Citog @ Roisin Dubh – Galway
16th June – Cyprus Avenue – Cork

Headline show: Wednesday 29th June – The Workmans Club, Dublin

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Breathe is a new charity album in aid of Pieta House featuring in aid of the Irish charity, Pieta House, a centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide.

Among the contributors to the album’s 10 tracks are Pine The Pilcrow, Maria Kelly, Elephant, Orchid Collective and In Their Thousands.

A gig The Workmans will launch the album took place last night.

A €5 purchase goes to Pieta House – buy it from Bandcamp. Today is also One For Ireland day so get donating.

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