Swedish musician Badlands is currently on tour in Ireland with Somadrone as part of the launch gig for his Oracle (stream it here) album. Catharina Jaunviksna has a new album out next year and ‘Carimsou’ is the debut track released from it, a strident synth-pop song with a soft glow, and lyrics that counteract the… Read more »

Posted on November 23rd, 2015

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Eoin Dolan is a Galway city singer-songwriter who aptly quietly released his debut EP Placid Ocean in September last year. The 12-minute EP came to my attention after the it appeareed in a single Youtube video by David Boland of the band New Pope. Inspired by surf pop and the seaside, the free EP has… Read more »

Posted on November 19th, 2015

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They might still be in school, but that’s not holding back the four lads in Monaghan band Litehouse, who are aiming to make a dent in music. The band recorded their debut single ‘Black Cats’ with Declan Legge at Big Space Studios and it came out last Friday. The song is an impressively melodic and… Read more »

Posted on November 17th, 2015

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Last year’s Guinness Amplify campaign benefitted some artists who were gifted paid-for recording time. One of which was Crook, who went into the studio to record music with Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, SOAK) at Attica in Donegal. The output of that recording time is emerging now with a three-track EP, partly inspired by Samuel Beckett, ready… Read more »

Posted on October 19th, 2015

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After the release of their debut track, ‘Go’ which established their stadium-rock leaning swagger, the Belfast band Pleasure Beach have followed up a successful Hard Working Class Heroes gig with the recorded version of live standout ‘Dreamer To The Dawn’. The song is another close Springsteen / Arcade Fire imprint: a galloping rhythm section, synth… Read more »

Posted on October 15th, 2015

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In August, you may have seen a video of a band called T.P.M. busking on the streets of Drogheda and playing an original and very catchy song called All The Boys On The Dole, which continues the tradition of Scary Eire’s ‘Dole Q’ about navigating the collection of social welfare except with references to the… Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2015

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Katie Laffan has been making music for a few years now and received some attention through Hot Press’ Big Break competition two years ago. Now, at age 19, the Dubliner Laffan has just released her debut EP called Dead As Disco. And while these days, disco feels quite alive in various ways, Laffan’s title suggests… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2015

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One of the hits of last weekend’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre, have an EP coming on November 13th on Trout Records. They’ve impressed live and with the EP’s first track ‘Madrid’. Today we have ‘Blood Moon’, a song which closed their HWCH set impressively with its hook-filled harmonics and… Read more »

Posted on October 12th, 2015

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Yesterday, Galway singer-songwriter Maija Sofia was one of 18 new artists I recommended to check out at Hard Working Class Heroes this weekend. Today, here’s another reason, a track called ‘The Girl Who Pulled The Sun Down’ which flaunts a lo-fi singer-songwriter folk style that draws comparison to one of my favourite Irish acts vocally… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2015

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London-based producer and songwriter Harrison Cargill has come up with a doozy for a debut track as Kodiak Blue. ‘Zapusk’ is a spacious club track with percussive veins and undulating bassline which has some nods to the Caribou sound that is so effective. It’s from an EP called Sputnik, out in October, featuring six songs… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2015

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OK, OK. First thing’s first. The cynics among you (and in me) could blast Johnny Stewart (previously featured) as a Hozier follower, that is an artist who has calculated on following a similar path of accessible bluesy rock music. And while I’m not totally sold on this yet, there are signs that Johnny Stewart is… Read more »

Posted on September 11th, 2015

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Los Angeles’ Transviolet have followed up the excellent ‘Girls Your Age’ with ‘Bloodstream’, a more-direct desire hit of pop melodies and electronic beat ambiance. The band had this to say of the track: “Being in love is knowing someone could completely destroy you. It’s a reckless vulnerability.” US Tour Dates (with Mikky Ekko)  Thurs… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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JD Sampson has form in riot grrrl band Le Tigre and the active electro band MEN while Nick van Hofwegen has been known for his soulful R&B jams as Young & Sick and his illustration work. All that experience has been brought to bear on the pair’s new project Sharer. They met when they were… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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The Dublin-based singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty recently successfully completed a Kickstarter for her debut EP Bunny, but I’d wager with more ears on the young singer’s songs, there won’t be a need to crowdfund in the future. Vocal harmonies are front and centre on the six-track EP which has a minimal choral folk feel with some… Read more »

Posted on August 20th, 2015

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20 year-old Limerick producer Rory Hall has been making tracks in various veins of nu-house, electro ambient and industrial since posting his music on Soundcloud. For his new project along with some friends, he’s christened the music NV and the best of the two tracks so far is ‘What Do You Feel?’, which swirls Hall’s… Read more »

Posted on August 12th, 2015

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