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.


Overcoats – Young

New Yorkers Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have been developing their harmonic folk pop since before they spent a summer in Ireland two years ago. Their debut album arrives on respected Canadian label Arts & Crafts and the pair have built on the momentum of touring with Maggie Rogers and others with this strong debut. Co-production by Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) and Autre Ne Veut have added some body to their songs including those previously featured here. That sharpness and precision in the production which adds suitable electronic touches and dynamism, is also reflected in the harmonic relationship of Elion and Mitchell. Their voices together blend in ways that channel country, vintage folk and modern pop. They play Whelan’s in a few weeks.

Favourite tracks: ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Hold Me Close’, ‘Smaller Than My Mother’

Listen on Spotify


Talos – Wild Alee

Since appearing with Tethered Bones, an emotional electronic ballad three years ago, Cork man Eoin French aka Talos has been refining and developing that style with every release. Now, on his debut album, produced by Ross Dowling, French makes the case that patience is a virtue for building slow-moving anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar, synths and drums. Tethered Bones is the centrepiece of the debut album but its surrounded by equally beautifully-scaped sounds. Bringing it all together is the supple falsetto of the man himself, a brittle, powerful voice that can move between engulfing glacial shades and warm tones.

Favourite tracks: ‘Your Love Is An Island’, ‘Odyssey’, ‘Contra’.

Album track-by-track breakdown.

Listen on Spotify.


In Flagranti – Sprezzatura

A three hour dance music workout from Swiss duo In Flagranti inspired by buying records down a phoneline before the internet.

“Back in the early 80s when I lived in Switzerland, I use to travel to Italy a lot for clubs and record shopping. In Rimini there was a great store called Disco Piu. They had this service where if you were out of town or from another country, you could sign-up and get a cassette of all the new releases in the post every week. Each new track was recorded for about a minute and there was a voice counting – so you could write down the tracks you liked – then phone or fax the track numbers and the date of the cassette, they’d send you the records and you’d pay on delivery, which was amazing”, says In Flagranti’s Sasa Crnobrnja on ‘Sprezzatura’s inspiration, concept and format.

So this album will be available as a mix on cassette with each track playing for a minute or two. You’re basically listening to it like a mixtape and in the same manner as the tapes from Disco Piu. You’ll be able to choose your favourite tracks from ‘Sprezzatura’ and buy the full versions as downloads.”

Favourite tracks: ‘Charity Bazaar’, ‘Screwvenier’, ‘Sidewalk Salsa’.

Listen on Spotify


Joe Goddard – Electric Lines

The Hot Chip member and producer’s latest solo alum is a love letter to dance music. Featuring covers of classics like ‘Music Is The Answer’ and samples from Brainstorm’s ‘We’re on Our Way Home’ and the Emotions’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’, Alexis Taylor guests on the title trac. Goddard in solo mode has never nailed the full-length but has always provided nourishment. Electric Lines is a pleasing ode to dance music of all stripes.

Favourite tracks: ‘Home’, ‘Music Is The Answer’ , ‘Lose Your Love’.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on April 21st, 2017


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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.


Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Full info on production credits, fan theories and guests here, but DAMN. is the number one release of this week.

Favourite tracks: ‘Humble’, ‘xxx’, ‘Love’

Listen on Spotify


Little Dragon – Season High

Dropping your album on the same date as Kendrick Lamar isn’t the greatest idea but a lot of artists had pre-planned their release before hearing of it. Swedish electronic poppers Little Dragon did enough with two songs released in advance of their fifth album in singles ‘High’ and ‘Sweet’ that suggested they were going to deliver something you’d come back to. I’d always struggled with Little Dragon’s albums, there are always killer tracks on it but they lacked overall. Season High, on first listen mind, sounds like it might be their most substantial and long-playing yet.

Favourite tracks: ‘Sweet’, ‘Celebrate’ , ‘PUSH’

Listen on Spotify


Overcoats – Young

One of my favourite discoveries of the last few years are now streaming their album on NPR a week out from release. I’m surei’ll be writing about it again so I’ll leave the words up to NPR’s Bob Boilen and the news that they play here next month.

It’s thrilling to know that one of the best albums of 2017 is made by two of the best friends you’ll ever witness on a stage. Overcoats’ Young is a record driven by ambition and passion, not craft. That’s not to say Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell aren’t terrifically talented singers and songwriters: What sets them apart is that I believe them. That the emotion in their harmonies and the space they give each other is filled with compassion. I believe their songs of loneliness and doubt.

Favourite tracks: ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Hold Me Close’, ‘Smaller Than My Mother’

Listen on NPR


Actresss – AZD

The UK electronic producer and former West Brom football trainee, Actress nearly retired apparently but here he is with his fifth album, released on Ninja Tune. Fans of the producer will be well aware his gift for weaving complex hypnotic electronic rhythms, born from techno, garage and ambient soundscapes and AZD is no different, except with a notable coat of compression (at least on the Spotify stream).

Favourite tracks: ‘X22RME’, ‘Fantasynth’, ‘Falling Rizzlas’

Listen on Spotify


Fionn Regan – The Meetings Of The Waters

Five years since his last full-length and it sounds like time away has left Fionn Regan with a renewed sense of purpose. The Meetings Of The Waters feels like a stepping stone to a new path for Regan. Ditching the Dylan-influence completely, the album largely features meditative spacious folk music that sustains quietly like smouldering embers and a centrepiece of three songs with more layered rock music-style songs.

Favourite tracks: ‘The Meetings Of The Waters’, ‘Wall of Silver’, ‘Babuska Yai Ya’

Listen on Spotify

Posted on April 14th, 2017


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Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell are gearing up to release their debut album Young on April 21st through Arts & Crafts and have been supporting Maggie Rogers on tour (see Instagram video below). The NY-based duo will be returning to Ireland where they spent a summer two years ago to play a headline show at Whelan’s, Dublin on May 16th with support from Bad Sea.

Tickets priced €15 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

Here’s the duo’s new single ‘Kai’s Song’:

Check out their recent NPR Trinty Desk concert:

thank you so much to @maggierogers and her entire team for an amazing tour! ❤👊❤#thefutureisfemale

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Overcoats Live Dates:
May 16th – Whelan’s, Dublin
18th – 20th May – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton (TICKETS)

24th May – St Pancras Old Church, London. TICKETS
26th May – Manchester, Dot to Dot Festival (INFO)
27th May – Bristol, Dot to Dot (INFO)
28th May – Nottingham, Dot to Dot (INFO)

Posted on April 5th, 2017



This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

3 New Music flavours:

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.


Veronica Fusaro – ‘Pluto’

I can’t decide if Veronica Fusaro’s vocal likeness to the rekindled Lorde is a bad thing but it makes for a flattering comparison as it’s no easy task writing great pop music with authenticity as Lorde does. ‘Pluto’ is some intro to a new artist who has been working with some top producers and was on Switzerland’s version of The Voice. It’s a confident single from the Swiss artist with modern pop and electronic R&B in its DNA.


Overcoats – ‘Leave A Light On’

It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts on April 21st, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony magic with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ adds some urgency to their craft that was missing through its beats and arrangements. It’s the closest these two will come to a banger.


Little Dragon – ‘Sweet’

Two for two from the new album from the Swedish electronic pop group. ‘High’ was a slow reintroduction but ‘Sweet’ has that Little Dragon wonky magic thing going on.


Soulwax – ‘Missing Wires’

From DeeWee, the Soulwax album recorded in one take will be out on March 24th and the Dewaele brothers have shared a second helping from it after ‘Transient Program For Drums & Machinery’. ‘Missing Wires’ is a live playful tune that recalls Soulwax’s earlier guitar-free song-based work.

Here’s the personnel and gear list for the album:

Playing on this record are Stephen and David Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven, Iggor Cavalera, Victoria Smith, Blake Davies and Laima Leyton. The instruments used are two Staccato drumkits, one clear crystalline Meazzi Wooding drumkit, one set of Rototoms, various Hofner bass guitars, a Macbeth M5n, an Oberheim Two-Voice Pro, a Two Thousand Six Hundred copy built by The Human Comparator, one Oberheim OB-Mx, an EMS Synthi AKS, an Arp Odyssey, a TB-303 clone, a Mellotron M4000D, a Sequential Prophet 6, a Waldorf Streichfett, a Burns Sonic guitar, a Vox Phantom guitar, one Syncussion clone built by Loudestwarning, various solid state Roland, Peavey and Acoustic amplifiers and a wide range of effects, all going through three Trident Fleximix consoles, straight into Pro Tools.


Forest Swords – ‘The Highest Flood’

Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes returns to his Forest Sword s project with ‘The Highest Flood’, a song that takes his MO of electronic ambient textures with beats and presents it in the most pristine way. It has an epic sweeping quality that is maybe informed by Barnes’ recent composition work for the Assassin’s Creed game. It’s out now on Ninja Tune and an album is coming.


Frank Ocean – ‘Chanel’

Surprise! Frank dropped his first it of new material since Blonde over the weekend and let’s be honest, any Frank Ocean is good Frank Ocean. After this and the Calvin Harris and Migos’ ‘Slide’, that’s two Frank Ocean tracks in a month.


Peaking Lights -‘Little Flower’ (feat Chloë Sevigny)

A companion piece to Chloë Sevigny’s spoken word appearance on Soulwax’s ‘Heaven Scent’, this is Peaking Lights’ version of the project that puts Prayer to Sainte Thérèse to music, which was also done by Johnny Jewel and JD Twitch among others.

Posted on March 13th, 2017

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Overcoats, that is Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell left an impression on the Dublin music scene with their harmonious folk music two summers ago.

Since then, the former college roomies have been writing, recording and playing live, and now there is a debut album called Young to be released on Arts & Crafts label (home to Broken Social Scene among others) on April 21st.

‘Hold Me Close’ is the lead single from the album which features co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) and Autre Ne Veut. It’s a song that gets to the essence of their appeal, built on a close harmonic kinship and imaginative arrangements.

The album will feature new versions of previously released songs.

Overcoats are on a US tour in support of Tennis this Spring, with European tour dates coming soon.

Young Tracklisting:

1. Father
2. Smaller Than My Mother
3. 23
4. Leave The Light On
5. Hold Me Close
6. The Fog
7. Walk On
8. Little Memory
9. Siren
10. Nighttime Hunger
11. Kai’s Song
12. Mother

Posted on January 25th, 2017


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The New York folk pop duo Overcoats spent last summer in Dublin winning over a new audiences before moving on to London and doing the same there.

Now back in NYC, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have a new single ready for us. ‘Nighttime Hunger’ features the girls’ melodic sensibilities to the fore set to a percussive shaking beat and is concerned with “the fears that subside by day but emerge and consume us by night.”

Overcoats will be at SXSW next month along with the below dates.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

21st Feb – NPR Mountain Stage, West Virginia
3rd Mar – Fat Baby, New York City
12th Mar– C’mon Everybody, New York City
15-20th Mar – SXSW, Texas
25th Mar – Rockshop, New York City

Posted on February 17th, 2016


Another Love Story is a genuinely intimate festival put on by Homebeat and Happenings from August 21st to 23rd in the indoor spaces, ballroom, woods and parlour rooms of Killyon Manor, Kinnegad Co. Meath.

After announcing their lineup in May, with three weeks to go, they’ve unveiled some more names for the festival including:

New Jackson (Live), | Ben Bix & Feather | Overcoats | Sign A | Wounded Healer (Sorcha McGrath of Ships)| Kobina | Laura Ann Brady | Samyel | Taste Djs | Electric Foxx | Horn

Also happening on the grounds of the festival on Saturday afternoon, ‘The Lovely Lawn’ will become a grassy dancefloor for another session of our Vinyl Love series.

Visuals throughout the weekend will be provided by Le Tissier and there will be some talks including Clare Mulvanny (Trailblaze, Wanderlust) ’s Creative Islander series, listen to Ruairi McKiernan interview Manchan Mangan about his life on ‘A Road Less Travelled’ and further chats on food, adventure, music as well as readings and spoken word from the Nighthawks collective.

The Shift Shack will also be present for some dating mischief. ’Shiftin’ by day, dancing’ by night’ is the idea.

Tickets are €110 for weekend camping (before Aug 14th) and €130 (after Aug 14th)

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Posted on July 30th, 2015


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Overcoats are a talented New York duo currently living in Dublin for the summer who have made a small splash with their harmony-driven minimal ambient folk music with gigs at Ruby Sessions and Longitude. So far we’ve heard ‘The Fog’ and ‘Smaller Than My Mother’, both fine examples of JJ and Hana’s command of their style. Now, here’s ‘Little Memory’, shot in New York with friends and directed by Raphael Linden.

Look out for more live dates including Whelan’s next week, The Bernard Shaw in August and Another Love Story next month and then onto London.

Photo by Lex Vøight

Posted on July 24th, 2015


I introduced you to the melodic ambient pop folk New York duo Overcoats recently through their excellent track ‘The Fog’.

Just this week, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell moved to Dublin for the summer, where they will be recording their debut album.

New song ‘Smaller Than My Mother’ pushes their sound further into looped vocal and beat territory, and I think it’s certainly the kind of song I’d like to hear live, something which is now a very achievable prospect.


Posted on July 1st, 2015


Overcoats are a New York-based duo who describe their music as “electro-folk-soul”, an accurate descriptor for their melodic ambient pop folk songs so far (that’s mine).

The two 21 year olds, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell, are moving to Dublin next month to write their full-length album, as they came here last year and enjoyed the music and the place. Check out their three tunes so far, from the downbeat reverb of ‘Little Memory’ to the harmonic folk feel of ‘Walk On’ to the soulful ‘The Fog’.

Overcoats – ‘The Fog’


Overcoats – ‘Little Memory’


Overcoats – ‘Walk On’


Posted on May 21st, 2015