The Choice Music Prize is this year the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for the first time and the announcement of the 10 Irish albums were revealed a short time ago on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel.

The 10 albums shortlisted by the judges for Irish album of the year are:

Shortlisted albums

All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)

A Spotify playlist of all albums

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.

2FM has promised to play Irish music all day from 6am to midnight today to mark the announcement along with live cessions from SOAK and Delorentos and a two-hour special on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016 shortlist, presented by Conor Behan from 8-10pm.

Live event

Shortlisted albums will also be featured throughout in the lead up to the live choice prize event on Thursday March 9th in Vicar Street.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €26.50 including booking fee.

Judging Panel

Louise Bruton – Freelance & Irish Times
Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
Dan Hegarty – 2FM
Paddy McKenna – Editor, Joe.ie
Cathal Murray – RTE Radio 1
Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
Niall Power – Head of Music Beat FM
Eva Short – Deputy Editor, Trinity News

Irish Song of The Year 2016

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening in the Workman’s Club.

Previous winners of the Choice Music Prize

2015: Soak
2014: The Gloaming
2013: Villagers
2012: Jape
2011: Delorentos
2010: Two Door Cinema Club
2009: Adrian Crowley
2008: Jape
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party
2006: The Divine Comedy
2005: Julie Feeney

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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We Cut Corners’ ‘Of Whatever’ from new album The Cadences of Others addresses Irish society’s apathetic disposition and how we are able to shake off what is happening around us. We shrug and go back to talking about Trump – a faraway demon as opposed to a local one.

The video for the song by Jon Hozier-Byrne features Megan O’Malley peaceful in a slumber until she’s suddenly engulfed by water and begins to drown – a sudden shock in a blissfully unaware state.

“There’s an outage of outrage and a wave of whatever is sweeping the nation.”

We Cut Corners’ John Duignan says” “The idea of ‘sleeping through’ the pivotal moments of your life is the ultimate expression of apathy, the major theme underpinning the song. The Klimtian tableaus that build toward the nightmarish denouement make for a most fitting visual foil to our favourite song on the new record.”

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

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John Duignan and Conall Breachain’s third album as We Cut CornersThe Cadences Of Others feels like a band at their most fine-tuned. Recorded in a church in Drumcondra, the band in a short documentary by The Reelists which explains how they turned a church setting into a recording studio and how they had to make time to record between mass.

The Cadences Of Others features guests like Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Booka Brass and the Fratres String Quintet and is out now.

The band are playing gigs in Cork, Galway and Dublin in coming weeks.

Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Friday 11th November
Roisin Dubh, Galway, Friday 18th November
Button Factory, Dublin, Saturday 19th November

Support on dates from Sinead White and Participant.

Posted on November 10th, 2016

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We Cut Corners have announced a new album The Cadences of Others will be released on Friday 4th November.

The band’s third album was self-produced and was recorded in a church in the Dublin suburbs. It features guests Villagers’ Conor O’Brien on bass, members of Booka Brass and the Fratres String Quintet. The album was mastered by Josh Bonati (Sufjan Stevens, Mac DeMarco, Tallest Man On Earth).

The Cadences of Others is out on 12” vinyl, CD and digital release on The Delphi Label. Pre-orders with CD or 12″ come with limited edition red vinyl of ‘Oh’ and ‘Mandinka’, featuring Booka Brass.

A number of tour dates were also announced with Sinead White aka White Mice on support.

Tour dates

Spirit Store, Dundalk, Saturday 5th November
Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Friday 11th November
Roisin Dubh, Galway, Friday 18th November
Button Factory, Dublin, Saturday 19th November

Tracklisting

  1. Middle Kids
  2. On Avoiding People
  3. Of Whatever
  4. Milk Teeth
  5. Oh
  6. Reluctant Recluse
  7. Blood Vessels
  8. Sound
  9. Traffic Island
  10. The End Has Already Happened

Posted on September 13th, 2016

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Earlier this month, we got wind of We Cut Corners’ first song from their forthcoming album, which is as yet untitled but will feature Villagers’ Conor O’Brien , members of Booka Brass and the Fratres String Quintet.

The video for the single out on Friday, features some overhead projected handwritten lyrics and song ideas over the band by Jacob Stack.

“Our initial concept was to create a real-time lyric video, utilising an overhead projector, a long forgotten artefact of the analogue age. We realised that handsome handwriting was required and asked our friend, the artist Jacob Stack, to lend his artful cursive to the project.

When we sat down with Jacob and the director, Luke Byrne, they had so many ideas beyond merely conveying the lyrics, that the storyboard quickly evolved into something more spatial, dynamic and fun.”

Video credits

Director: Luke Byrne
Illustrator: Jacob Stack
Assistant: Daire O’Suilleabhain

Posted on June 22nd, 2016

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You may have heard this new We Cut Corners single ‘On Avoiding People’ on the radio in the last week or so.

It’s the first single from Conall O’Breachain and John Duignan’s forthcoming third album, a typically short and sharp burst of melodic indie-rock.

The to be titled self-produced album is due for release in November 2016 and features contributions from Villagers’ Conor O’Brien (bass), members of Booka Brass and the Fratres String Quintet. It was recorded in a church in the Dublin suburbs and mastered by Josh Bonati (Sufjan Stevens, Mac DeMarco, Tallest Man On Earth).

The band are also playing Interlude Festival on Friday June 24th at the Paul McLoone Stage, the same day this single is released on Delphi.

Posted on June 8th, 2016

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As is my annual tradition, the Nialler9 Readers’ Poll in association with Tower Records is back for its ninth year. Once again, I’m looking to find out what Irish albums and songs didn’t leave your stereo, phone, playlists and beyond. I also want to know what gigs, remixes, club nights and more floated your boat in 2015. There are prizes too courtesy of Tower Records, Dawson Street, Dublin and more..

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

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Nialler9’s top 25 Irish albums of 2014

  1. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – Rusangano Family
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
  3. The Gloaming – The Gloaming
  4. Lethal Dialect – 1988
  5. Hozier – Hozier
  6. Seán Mac Erlaine – A Slender Song
  7. We Cut Corners – Think Nothing
  8. Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
  9. Daithi – In Flight
  10. Shit Robot – We Got A Love
  11. Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night 
  12. Paddy Hanna – Leafy Stiletto
  13. Hands Up Who Wants To Die – Vega In The Lyre
  14. Sea Pinks – Dreaming Tracks
  15. Deaf Joe – From The Heights Of A Dream
  16. I Heart The Monster Hero – Rhythm & Pals
  17. Windings / LandLovers –  Split LP
  18. SlowPlaceLikeHome – Romola
  19. The #1s – The Number Ones
  20. Adrian Crowley – Some Blue Morning
  21. Rhob Cunningham – The Window and Day
  22. Ginnels – A Country Life
  23. So Cow – The Long Con
  24. Women’s Christmas – Too Rich For Our Blood
  25. Jennifer Evans – Works From the Dip and Foul


Nialler9’s top 50 Irish songs of 2014

  1. Ships – ‘The Space Inside’
  2. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  3. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  4. Clu – ‘Mirrors’
  5. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  6. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’
  7. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – ‘Standard’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  9. Rocstrong – ‘Go Head’
  10. UNKNWN – ‘Devil’
  11. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  12. Planet Parade – ‘You’ll Be Sorry’
  13. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  14. Dear Desert – ‘Give it Up’
  15. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  16. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  17. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’
  18. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  19. Carriages – ‘Roots’
  20. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  21. The Casanova Wave – ‘New Sensation’ (feat. Biggles Flys Again)
  22. Gaze Is Ghost – ‘Revolvere’
  23. Lethal Dialect x JackKnife J – ‘Headstrong’
  24. Krystal Klear – ‘Squad’
  25. Augustus and John – ‘Crosslines’
  26. Tvvins – ‘You Better’
  27. Elastic Sleep – ‘Leave You’
  28. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘Sync’
  29. Go Wolf – ‘One More Night’
  30. Bicep & Hammer – ‘Icebowl’
  31. little xs for eyes’ ‘Love Gets Lost’
  32. Loah – ‘Cortège’
  33. Floor Staff – ‘The Guest’
  34. Sea Pinks – ‘Dream Happening’
  35. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  36. The #1s – ‘Heartsmash’
  37. Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
  38. The Hard Ground – ‘Deep in Green’
  39. Revin Goff – ‘Salthill’
  40. Shookrah – ‘Woman’
  41. Spies’ – ‘Moosehead’
  42. We Cut Corners – ‘Every Thief’
  43. Sleep Thieves – ‘City Of Hearts’
  44. SOAK – ‘Blud’
  45. Daithí feat. Jesse Boykins III – ‘Have To Go’
  46. The Minutes – ‘Cherry Bomb’
  47. Sissy – ‘No Mickey on the Mouse’
  48. Costello, Captain Moonlight, Linco, Reece, and Temper-Mental MissElayneous – ‘The Art Of The Clash’
  49. Imploded View – ‘Flutter Funk’
  50. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’

 


Posted on December 11th, 2014

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It’s my pleasure to give you a first look at Annie Atkins’ music video for We Cut Corners’ ‘Mammal’.

As mutual fans of each other’s work, it is a fitting collaboration especially with We Cut Corners having good form in the visual matched to music department and Annie, who most recently received acclaim for her graphic design work on The Grand Budapest Hotel is a big fan of the band and the song in particular.

“I was also interested to find out that Conall and John are both school teachers,” said Atkins. “So I set the video in a special classroom for dogs, and a beagle from Bray called Sonny played most of the canine characters – he was a pretty versatile lead.”

We approached Annie about directing ‘Mammals’ having been fans of her beautifully singular aesthetic for a long time. This song is perhaps the most musically playful on the record and Annie managed to create a video that reflected this while still nodding politely to the underlying existential angst permeating the lyric. The casting of Sonny the Beagle in the lead role was pivotal in achieving this.

– Conall and John, WCC.

Posted on December 8th, 2014

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We Cut Corners have covered the Jona Lewie Christmas classic ‘Stop The Cavalry’ in aid of First Fortnight, the mental health festival which is happening in the first two weeks of January.

‘Stop The Cavalry’ will be released on Friday as a digital download from iTunes.

We Cut Corners will headline the First Fortnight Festival at The Button Factory on Saturday 10th January.

See the full lineup of events including Trailblaze and music from I Have A Tribe, Booka Brass Ban, screenings, poetry and a walk around Stephen’s Green with a headphone splitter and a shared playlist.

The band said this about the track:

“It’s our favourite Christmas song and since we first played it live in Dick Mack’s pub in Dingle during Other Voices a couple of years back, we’ve wanted to record it for Christmas. When we were asked to be part of First Fortnight 2015, it seemed like the perfect time to make that happen. We’ve been very lucky to have the help of some great musicians to include strings and brass on the recording, which we finished just a few days ago in Orphan Studios in Dublin. Hopefully it can play a part in raising awareness for First Fortnight 2015, and with some downloads make a contribution towards this year’s fundraising for the charity.”

Posted on December 3rd, 2014

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