Little One are a new band formed in Dublin calling themselves a “post/indie” group. The band’s MO is atmospheric guitar pop with collaborations at the core of their output with Catherine Smyth (Vernon Jane & Farrah Elle) among the singers. Last week, they played Glastonbury so they may well be a band on the up…. Read more »

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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Dublin experimental veterans The Jimmy Cake today unveil their new album, Tough Love, in full, ahead of its release and launch gigs this weekend. Tough Love is the band’s sixth studio long-player. Written in 2015 as a single longform piece for a once-off performance in Dublin’s now-defunct Joinery venue, Tough Love is, in the words… Read more »

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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So we reach the halfway mark of the year and I present to you a list of my 25 most-played and enjoyed records of the year so far. Songs to follow. 25. Sir Was – Digging A Tunnel This debut album from the Swedish musician Joel Wästberg reminds me of Caribou, Bibio and Paul White…. Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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One of my favourite songs of last year will feature on a new EP from Fehdah (formerly Feather). Hip Drop Records will release the Like No Other EP featuring the title song and 3 others on August 11th. Fehdah is the futuristic Afro soul music project of Sierra Leonean-born Emma Garnett and a seven-piece band…. Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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Well, well. Arcade Fire are really kicking against the narrative that seems arena rock bands lose their appeal, charm and buzz. So far, the singles from Everything Now have been pretty glorious. We’ve had the Abba-inspired ‘Everything Now’ that started a dance party last week at Body & Soul, the electro-grabbing ‘Creature Comfort’ and now,… Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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St. Vincent’s new single is appearing on streaming services as the world turns to midnight on release day and it’s Europe’s turn. ‘New York’ is Annie Clark’s first song from her forthcoming album and last week she announced a European tour with a Dublin date on sale this morning.. ‘New York’ is a piano-ballad that… Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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UK indie survivor Domino Records has signed Mayo alt-folk exponent Seamus Fogarty, and released a video for his label debut single ‘Short Ballad for a Little Man’ this morning. A string-laden introduction gives way to drone and synths, serving as an introduction for Fogarty’s creative approach to a bigger audience. Directed by Kieran Evans (Vashti… Read more »

Posted on June 29th, 2017

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1000 Beasts is a new project by Cian Sweeney, who is a freelance musician, pianist and producer who has recently worked with Jenny Greene & The RTE Concert Orchestra and Phil Coulter. 1000 Beasts is less a classical project and more of an intriguing electro-pop one with the idea being that each song in the… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2017

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The Dublin electro three-piece Sleep Thieves have been quiet the last while since 2014’s full-length You Want The Night but their pulsating synthesiser electronica is very much in tact with their returning track ‘Is This Ready?’. The song has the foreboding noir atmospherics of their established work with vocalist Sorcha Brennan at her most dramatic…. Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2017

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Wyvern Lingo have released the first single of their forthcoming debut album. ‘I Love You Sadie’ is a soulful R&B pop song with a very modern sentiment “about loving the feminine qualities of a man, and encouraging him not to worry about fitting into the male stereotype and just to be himself”. Caoimhe Barry, Karen… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2017

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Japanese alternative pop music legend Cornelius has a new album Mellow Waves out on July 21st and we’ve had to opportunity to hear ‘If You’re Here’. It’ll be his first album in 11 years. ‘Sometime / Someplace’ is the latest single from the album, with video directed by visual designer Yugo Nakamura. Cornelius Mellow Waves… Read more »

Posted on June 21st, 2017

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Slow Place Like Home have gone from Keith Mannion’s bedroom electronic project in Donegal to a fully-fledged live three-piece. As part of the transition phase, he reworked his debut album Romolo and released ‘Tiger Lilly’ as a new single around this time last year. ‘When I See You… Ice Cream!’ is the band’s new single… Read more »

Posted on June 20th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists. Nialler9 Weekly playlist 1. Arcade Fire – ‘Creature Comforts’ After the relative jolt of ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire get less dreamy and a bit dirtier with ‘Creature Comforts’ which kicks off like an electro-clash single from 2002 before… Read more »

Posted on June 19th, 2017

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The East London duo AGE, made up of Lucan-born Jenny Cosgrave and Australian Gavin Dwight formed last year in Hackney and call themselves an “indie electronic partnership.” They previously played in Good Dangers. AGE have been working with producer Paddy Baird (his bro is in Two Door Cinema Club), Russ Fawcus (Wild Beasts, Noah and… Read more »

Posted on June 19th, 2017

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Quinton Campbell is one of the more interesting and talented dancefloor producers to have emerged from the Dublin scene of late. For me, it began with ‘FM Patterns’, a nine-minute bleeping synth track that set him part from the pack and ended up on my Irish songs of the year list. A winner of 2016’s… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2017

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