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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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’

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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.


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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


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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’.

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Posted on April 21st, 2017

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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.

Listen on Spotify.

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Below is a track by track by the songwriter Eoin French himself to go alongside the listen.

1: Runaway

The album is book-ended by two songs that are very outward looking. ‘Runaway’ has a kind of dystopian veil, this idea that our future generations are at our mercy. The line ‘Runaway, child’ is a warning in a sense… a view into what could become because of how we exist.

2:Odyssey

The last song I wrote for the album. It comes from a place of reflection. And that pang of panic with regards certain decisions. The imagery in it is that of ‘the epic journey’, in a way – and the desolation, loneliness and at the same time beauty that is found in such a thing.

3:In Time

For me ‘In Time’ was kind of the breakthrough moment. What came from this was probably just clarity. A solid distinction between what I wanted from this album and what I didn’t. It felt like the first Talos song that was inherently ‘me’.

4:Piece[s]

I wrote this in one evening with Ian Ring. It kind of just came out and exists exactly as it did then. It’s a ponderous thing, and the simplicity of the piano piece is kind of tantric. It purposefully has these blurry edges, I just wanted it to be something you kind of get lost in.

5:Contra

Funnily enough, this is the darkest song on the record, but came out as a poppy, hooky, surging piece of music! It revolves around death and fear and all that lovely stuff… but it came out as this hopeful ‘pop song which I’m really happy about in the end.It’s funny that sometimes when something very heavy is framed against lightness or optimism, it can carry more weight, in a way..

6:Endgame

It’s probably the rawest and most ‘human’ piece on the record. I just wanted something personal, almost whispered. I was listening to a good bit of Portishead while I made ‘Wild Alee’, in particular ‘Third’.

7:Tethered Bones

I was torn over whether to include this or not – but I felt like it earned its place in a way. It was the first Talos single – things kind of all began here, so it was important to me that it sat with these songs.

8:This is us Colliding

Throughout the record there is a recurring reference to the idea of the epic journey or exploration and conquering the unknown. ‘This Is Us Colliding’ looks at what lengths we go to for what we desire – be it another, or a dream, and if these things warrant those struggles. Will we be satisfied with what we end up with?

9:209

‘209’ was about finding bluntness. This idea of speaking to a woman from the weakness of a man. We are a simpler and weaker species… emotionally, mentally… and I wanted to just say that very plainly, and then accompany it with the wonder and comfort we get from those complexities.

‘Men all defy we live and die know this / in your mind’s eye see it / Bind it tight it haunts me baby / I get right up hold me fold me…’

10:YLIAI

I constantly search for simplicity or minimalism as I feel its a purer form of getting across what you mean. For me YLIAI achieved this quite well, I think it still managed to manifest itself as something quite infectious and rich, which I was happy about…. the repetition of the line is something I tended not to do as I became kind of obsessed with how lyrics went together, but it just felt right when i was making it. This was also the first song I produced totally on my own..

11:Landscapes

This was the first song written for the album and had about seven or eight different lives. It’s an urgent song. And it’s about sex and lust. There tends to be layers and metaphors when I write but this was more about something human, less embellished. More real. “Snapped together in your landscape / we are heat stains / magnetised by the night light as a feather.”

12:Wetlands

I wrote this in Iceland last summer. The guys in Bedroom Community had kindly allowed me to work in their studio for a couple of days. I arrived at the studio the first day and had been out the night before and didn’t really feel like hearing my own voice. So this emerged from that pitiful physical state. It’s a watercolour in a way. There are some vocals in it but they are run through a multitude of effects and kind of glitch their way across the music. When we (Eoin and co-producer Ross Dowling) worked on it for the final recording we probably had the most fun with it. It was something that would only become worsened by thought and rationale. So it was about just letting things break apart and react to each other and not really ever find a “place”.

13:Voices

As I mentioned, the album is book-ended by two outward looking songs. ‘Voices’ for me is the most inclusive and celebratory track on the album. I saw it as a unifying moment, as something that just asked a question about existence and either choosing to exist now, as you should, or not…

“We moved the earth to harness, that high and darkened mess / And the void did light up in us. We woke like Gods, all seeing…”

Tour Dates

April 21 – Button Factory, Dublin
April 22 – Dolan’s, Limerick
April 27 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 28 – St Luke’s Church, Cork
May 12 – St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)
May 13 – The Set, Kilkenny
May 25 – Voodoo, Belfast
June 22 – Spirit Store, Dundalk

Posted on April 21st, 2017

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Ahead of his forthcoming debut album Wild Alee, on April 21st, Eoin French aka Talos has previewed another song from it called ‘Contra’.

The song is “about the idea of protecting something very fragile in the midst of a crisis, when the walls are falling down around you.”

French has developed as a musician who has a penchant for creating intimate sentiments in swirls of sonics.

A remix from Star Slinger of the song is forthcoming. Previous single ‘Odyssey’ was equally epic.

Tour Dates

April 15 – Connolly’s, Leap
April 21 – Button Factory, Dublin
April 22 – Dolan’s, Limerick
April 27 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 28 – St Luke’s Church, Cork
May 12 – St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)
May 13 – The Set, Kilkenny
May 25 – Voodoo, Belfast
June 22 – Spirit Store, Dundalk

Tracklist

  1. Runaway
  2. Odyssey
  3. In Time
  4. Piece(s)
  5. Contra
  6. Endgame
  7. Tethered Bones
  8. This Is Us Colliding
  9. 209
  10. Your Love Is An Island
  11. Landscapes
  12. Wetlands
  13. Voices

Posted on April 5th, 2017

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The gorogeous lead single from Talos’ upcoming album ‘Odyssey’ now has a video by label and director associate Brendan Canty aka Feel Good Lost. The idea of the video is concerned with the the disrupted feelings between two lovers in a relationship.

Canty says:



“Our main idea was to create a physical storm in a home which would surround the two forlorn characters.

“We wanted to keep things serene at the start, as often relationship problems go unspoken and as the video builds the visuals become more disruptive as the problems surface and this great and beautiful Odyssey comes to an end.”

As premiered on Nowness.

Talos tour dates

April 15 – Connolly’s, Leap
April 21 – Button Factory, Dublin
April 22 – Dolan’s, Limerick
April 27 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 28 – St Luke’s Church, Cork
May 12 – St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)
May 13 – The Set, Kilkenny
May 25 – Voodoo, Belfast
June 22 – Spirit Store, Dundalk + more TBA

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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Cork man Eoin French aka Talos has popped up over the last couple of years with a series of fine singles that pitched his music as beautiful electronic ballads.

‘Odyssey’ is the new single, from his forthcoming debut album Wild Alee, out on April 21st. It’s a beautiful and brittle modern electronic ballad, produced by Talos and Ross Dowling.

Talos on ‘Odyssey’:

“In any endeavour we find ourselves at that point of doubt. Those moments where you question yourself. That’s what the line, ‘In this odyssey, it’s hard to leave…’ refers to. It’s a beautiful and testing cycle. “I was asking myself some pretty big questions. Am I doing the right thing? Is this worth it? Am I deluding myself?! And I think in the end, the answer is yes to all three. These feelings come and go. The thoughts pass. Sometimes the delusions get realised. And we move on.”

Talos tour dates

April 15 – Connolly’s, Leap
April 21 – Button Factory, Dublin
April 22 – Dolan’s, Limerick
April 27 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 28 – St Luke’s Church, Cork
May 12 – St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)
May 13 – The Set, Kilkenny
May 25 – Voodoo, Belfast
June 22 – Spirit Store, Dundalk + more TBA

Tickets on sale Monday February 20 at 9am.

Posted on February 17th, 2017

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Cork songwriter and musician Eoin French aka Talos has a new EP called O Sanctum out tomorrow on Feel Good Lost.

We’ve already heard the beautiful ‘Your Love Is An Island’ one of the best songs out of this country this year (I don’t say that lightly)

‘Reborn’ is another highlight from the EP, co-produced by Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow) and Ian Ring (Young Wonder) and recorded by Valgeir Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland. The song effortlessly moves between singer-songwriter style, electronic glacial atmospherics and melancholia.

GoldFlake Paint have a Sin Fang remix of the track for listening.
Pre-order the EP.
Live dates:

August 20th – Another Love Story
September 02nd – Body and Soul Main, Electric Picnic

Posted on August 18th, 2016

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Cork man Eoin French latest Talos song ‘Your Love Is An Island’ is one of his most brittle and affecting yet.

That line “Your love is an island, I’m scorched in the sands of it…” is so simple yet powerful.

‘Your Love Is An Island’ is taken from the O Sanctum EP (August 19th), which was recorded by Valgeir Sigurðsson at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland so it’s nice to see a stripped-back version of the song captured at the source.

Pre-order the EP.

Live dates:

August 20th – Another Love Story
September 02nd – Body and Soul Main, Electric Picnic

Posted on August 10th, 2016

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This week, Kilkenny’s St. John’s Priory is hosting a summer series of concerts from Thursday to Saturday and the lineup is a good one.

It looks like this:

Thursday – JFDR, Talos, Ásta Fanney & Indridi
Friday – Mick Flannery
Saturday – Heathers

Fancy a weekend pass for you and a friend to each show? Email [email protected] with ST JOHN’s PRIORY  in the Subject line along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. The draw closes tomorrow at noon.

Check out JDFR’s Nialler9 mix of Icelandic mix.

Posted on July 19th, 2016

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from Body Language, Alunageorge, Banks, Roisin Murphy, Trim, Darkstar and Fonkynson.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud playlist.


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Talos – ‘Your Love Is An Island’

The Cork musician drops a lush new song.

Cork man Eoin French has a fine line in superior produced singer-songwriter electronic ballads as Talos.

Last week, he played Feel Good Lost’s Mitchelstown Cave gig, 200 feet underground at the Clonmel Junctions festival and there’s dates on the Iceland takeover in the next week with a six-piece band.

‘Your Love Is An Island’ is a beautifully brittle new song from a forthcoming O Sanctum EP, which will also feature remixes from Maps and Sin Fang.

The track was produced by Talos and Valgeir Sigurðsson, and mixed by Valgier at Greenhouse Studios in Iceland.

“Your love is an island, I’m scorched in the sands of it…”

“The image described in the last lines sum up what the song is about for me – the struggle to find that sense of peace that only comes from attaining ones dreams and desires. The idea of being so close but still so far from salvation – and not knowing if you’ll ever really find it even if reached.”

The video by Feel Good Lost is epic too.


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The Avalanches – ‘Like A Folkstar’

Clams has largely ditched the cloud for precision production.

16 years on from the release of Since I Left You and we have a followup. It’s like the sample-loving Australians never left (even if DJ Dexter did actually leave the group). Wildflower is a richly woven tapestry of psychedelia, hip-hop, familiar and rare samples, guest vocals and nostalgia.

The Avalanches are at their best when conjuring up a familiar yet melting beat fairytale, as they do on the Toro Y Moi-assisted ‘Like A Folkstar’.


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Factory Floor – ‘Ya’

Oof. Banger

Factory Floor started as industrial post-ravers but lately, it sounds like they’re coming out of the cold and into the club. ‘Ya’ is built on a propulsive synth line and a dumb vocal sample but is imbued with a rhythmic hardness and punk vision that means an economic and precise use of sounds for movement.

The new album 25 25 is out August 19th via DFA Records.


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Shura – ‘Make It Up’

Hotly-tipped UK musician drops a fine debut.

The tendency for artists who are plucked and preened through the BBC Sound of… Poll is an increasingly manufactured pop sound that shorns off the things that make them interesting in the first place. That hasn’t happened to Shura on her fine debut album Nothing’s Real.

Sure, it’s already a very pop atmosphere permeating the album but there’s also eighties pop, synth-pop and guitar band dynamics enmeshed in the songs too. Ultimately, Shura’s melodic gifts make the album (particularly ‘White Light’, ‘Touch’, “What’s If Gonna Be’ and the title track) one for the repeat list. ‘Make It Up’ encapsulates her appeal with all of those touchstones as well as being a super solid pop song.


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Mall Grab – ‘I’ve Always Liked Grime’

With a sample of Skepta & JME’s ‘That’s Not Me’..
Twisting what appears to be a sample of Skepta and JME’s ‘That’s Not Me’, ‘I’ve Always Liked Grime’ by the Australian producer Mall Grab sounds like one of those songs that unites many things: a love of grime, club soundsystem dynamics, lo-fi house, social commentary and a sense of humour in one.

That samples keeps rolling around that bassline for most of the song’s near seven-minute duration punctured by a rise and fall in arrangements but when a track is this deceptively simple it continues to hold your attention.


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Jamie Lidell – ‘Walk Right Back’

The UK soul man is back and he’s a father now.

It’s always good to hear the voice of Mr Lidell singing a new song. Building a Beginning, the man’s sixth studio album is coming later this year and judging by ‘Walk Right Back’ he’s sticking to soul music with a bit of electronic and funk production in there. The album was written after the birth of his first son, and his wife Lindsey Rome cowrote it with him.

The band with him on the record are seasoned: Pino Palladino (bass, D’Angelo, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton), DaRu Jones (drums, Jack White), Pat Sansone (multi-instrumentalist, Wilco), Kudisan Kai, Traci Brown Bailey, and Tiffany Smith (backup-vocals, Chaka Khan), production from Justin Stanley (Beck, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney) and Ben Ash (Two Inch Punch).


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Posted on July 14th, 2016

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After Iceland’s thumping victory of England last night in the Euros, all eyes are on the minnow of the country (300,000 people) heading into the unchartered waters of a quarter final place.

Iceland’s music has had a strong reputation over the last twenty years with Bjork, Sigur Ros, Of Monsters & Men, Gus Gu and Iceland Airwaves capturing the hearts of music lovers.

This month, musicians of the capital of Iceland Reykjavik are coming to Iceland for a tour including JFDR ( Jófríður of Samaris & Pascal Pinon) courtesy of Feel Good Lost and MDR Recordings (Colm O’Herlihy recently took up a position in Reykjavik as studio manager for the Bedroom Community label). Other artists include Wesen, Kreld and Indridi while Talos will represent the Irish on tour. Below is a mixtape of the artists playing and the dates include:

Tour dates

July 19th: JFDR, Talos, Indridi @ D-Light Studios, Dublin with Homebeat
July 20th: JFDR, Talos, Indridi @ DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork
July 21st: Wesen, Kreld @ DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork
July 21st: JFDR, Talos, Indridi, Asta Fanney @ St. John’s Priory, Kilkenny with KPB
July 22nd: Reykjavik Party @ Connolly’s of Leap, West Cork

Talos and Jófríður are also playing a Feel Good Lost night in Mitchelstown Cave on July 10th. Look out for a JFDR mix on Nialler9 tomorrow.

Posted on June 28th, 2016

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Irish acts Mick Flannery, Heathers, Talos and Icelandic artist Jofridur (JFDR, Samaris, Pascal Pinion) have been lined up for a series of gigs by KPB at St. John’s Priory on John Street, Kilkenny.

The gigs take place from Thursday July 21 to Saturday July 23th.

Thursday, July 21

Talos, Daniel Martin Moore, Ásta Fanney, JFDR and friends. 
Tickets €12 plus booking

Friday, July 22

Mick Flannery plus Shane Joyce 
Tickets €25 plus booking

Saturday, July 23

Heathers plus Ryan J
Tickets €12 plus booking

Tickets are on sale from Tickets.ie or Rollercoaster Records locally.

Posted on May 10th, 2016

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Another Love Story proved itself to be one of the best little festivals going last year courtesy of Homebeat/Happenings with its manor setting, ballroom, living room gigs, cinema, woodlands and lawn hangouts among the appeal.

It returns to Killyon Manor, Kinnegad, Co. Meath from Friday 19th August to Sunday 21st August and it’s just let loose some of its plans.

Music wise, we’re talking:

  • Meltybrains?
  • Saint Sister
  • Talos
  • Stomptown Brass
  • SlowPlaceLikeHome
  • Carriages
  • Badlands
  • Æ Mak
  • Attention Bebe
  • Beach
  • Slow Moving Clouds
  • Old Hannah
  • J.Cowhie
  • Variant Sea
  • Participant
  • Kobina
  • Robert John Ardiff
  • Marlene Enright
  • & more tba

Another Love Story organisers Homebeat and Happenings will announce their first international act later in the summer.

DJs, more names, The Shift Shack, Talks, Walks, Yoga, Qui Gong, Theatre, Roland’s Cinema D’amour, Glitteration Station, The Cosmic Canopy, The Love Summit, The Deepest Darkest, Woods Stage, The Teenage Crush, The Library, The Parlour Room & more are also lined up and to be revealed.

Tickets

with standard camping are:

Early Bird: €95 [SOLD OUT]
Regular: €125
Last Throes: €140
(Late bookers & price on door for weekend, if available): €160

Boutique Camping is available too.

Poster by Steve McCarthy

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Posted on April 13th, 2016

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Last year, Cork’s Eoin French gave us the stunning ‘In Time’ song.

Today, Brendan Canty’s Feel Good Lost debuted a video for the track saying:

“The video is an abstract portrayal of searching for a lost love, clinging onto memories and doing everything you can to save it.”

Posted on February 9th, 2016

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Following last week’s preliminary announcement of Richard Hawley, Lapsley and more for Other Voices this year, the TV show and event in Dingle between Friday 4th – Sunday 6th of December, has announced more this week.

Making their trip to the main room at St. James Church also are:

Low, Jack Garrett, Keaton Henson, Glen Hansard and The Academic.

The Irish acts of the IMRO Other Room are:
Gavin Glass, Saint Sister, Talos, Bitch Falcon, Hawk with another TBC from the viewer’s choice from the open call.

For those heading to Dingle for the weekend, who may not get tickets, fear not, there’s a load of music happening for free in the pubs and venues of the town as the CPL Music Trail is back with 45 live acts including:

David Kitt, Sorcha Ni Bhriain, Declan McLoughlin, My Tribe Your Tribe, Eve Belle Mongoose, Chanele McGuinness, Hannah McPhilimy, Johnny Stewart , Hare Squead, Marc O’Reilly, Rusangano Family, Conor Walsh, Shookrah, Chapter 2, Slow Moving Clouds, Maria Kelly, Sample Answer, Callum Orr, Bad Sea, MKAI and Rebecca Collins

Listen to the first Other Voices podcast.

Posted on November 16th, 2015

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As Eoin French has consistently proved with his recorded output and his live Talos shows (most recently on the music trail at Sounds From A Safe Harbour), the music of Talos is one of the most interesting new artists out of Ireland in the last two years.

Releases have been sparse but considered and ‘In Time’ marks the first Talos song in 2015 since last year’s ‘Bloom’ , ‘Escariot’ and ‘Tethered Bones’. It demonstrates French’s ability to walk the line between singer-songwriter style and an cinematic electronic coat.

Talos plays Hard Working Class Heroes this weekend as part of the Feel Good Lost night in the Academy on Friday night.

18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes

Posted on September 29th, 2015

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