Congrats to The Gloaming for winning the Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of The Year award last night. Their self-titled beautiful album is rich with true artistry which takes something traditional and makes it anew. A modern Irish classic and a deserved winner.
For winning, The Gloaming received a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – as well as a specially-commissioned award.
RTE 2 Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize on Sunday March 8th at 10.50pm.
Listen to the magic they can make…
Also for a bonus video, watch Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Martin Hayes teach Jeremy Irons how to play fiddle:
Kelela is releasing a deluxe vinyl version of her Cut 4 Me mixtape on Fade To Mind next month but the LA singer also has a new EP called Hallucinogen on the way too.
The EP was entirely produced by Arca who Kelela met “on a boat” in 2012. “We sought one another out across a dance floor and within five minutes agreed to meet each other as soon as possible to collaborate,” she says. “I had one song released to my name and had just heard one of his mixes, but we knew we’d found something in one another. We spent the next three days, 14 hours a day talking about our artistic visions and how it intersected with our personal lives, making songs that reflected that while dancing around the room to let it all out. ”
‘A Message’ is the slow-moving aquatic R&B opener, a song about “the despair that I was experiencing at the time,” says Kelela. To that end, the raw emotion is felt in the video, directed by Daniel Sannwald, in which Kelela cuts off her dreads. A debut album is also due this year.
Cork-band The Hard Ground have released some quality music over three EPs in the last year under their Triptych project. The last of the three EPs is released, alongside a compendium album of all EPs on Friday April 10th.
‘Pucker’ is a song from the final EP, is a beaut; with Marlene Enright’s vocal dominating a track that uses low tempo drums, bass, synthesizers and guitars to supportive and lilting effect. The song is released next Friday March 13th.
The Hard Ground are playing Triptych shows in May in The Odessa in Dublin on Thursday May 7th and The Pavilion in Cork on Friday May 8th followed by a national tour.
Electric Picnic have just announced their lineup for the 11th edition of the festival in Stradbally Hall from September 4th to 6th.
Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, Future Islands, Manic Street Preachers, Chvrches, Underworld, Jurassic 5, Ride, Battles, Jessie Ware, Roisin Murphy, The War On Drugs, Tame Impala, George Ezra, Belle & Sebastian, Jon Hopkins, My Morning Jacket, Django Django, Pond, Low, Tourist, Metz, Girl Band, Kwabs, Lapsley, Alvvays, Marika Hackman, Jack Garratt, Wyvern Lingo, Circa Waves, Hinds, Shura, Ben Khan, Curtis Harding, Aquilo and Little May.
If you’ve been to the festival before, there is a loyalty rate for tickets available until midnight Sunday 8th March from €154.40 to €174.50. Codes must be received in advance of purchase.
How to enter ticket comp - Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
Tuesday March 3
Tune-yArds @ Vicar Street (€22) [Alt] The uplifting musical wizardry of Merrill Garbus is a must-see. Meltybrains? support.
Meteor Choice Music Prize @ Vicar Street (Sold out) [Awards/live] Performances from Delorentos, James Vincent McMorrow, The Riptide Movement, We Cut Corners, Plus Song Of The Year nominees Kormac, Little Hours, The Minutes
Ryan Adams @ Olympia Theatre (€40) [Rock] American alt-rock/country-tinged singer-songwriter.
Primal Sound @ The Pint (Free before 11:30pm, €5) [new music] Keith Margo And The Margonettes, Strange Attractor and more.
Incentive Launch Night @ Twisted Pepper (€6/€8,10:30pm) [Dance] Yet another house and techno night. Effy with support on the night coming from Ed Fay b2b Bobofunk, Bob b2b Crengus, Isaac Bui, James Beardsley, David Keegan & Mark Byrne.
Liverpool-based producer and Fly High Society’s SertOne is back with ‘Lost & Found’, a new single released on Feel Good Lost today featuring the vocal talent of Australian singer Maribelle. The track features a suspended footwork rhythm that we’ve heard Sert work before but Maribelle’s voice brings an R&B pop edge to the track.
Sometimes it’s best to wipe a clean slate and start anew. Kool Thing, the Berlin-based trio of Julie Chance, Jon Dark and Valentin Plessy have been trying out different styles beyond the electronic indie of their debut.
What they uncovered was a new sound, one that didn’t fit into Kool Thing so a name change occured. Evvol, they call themselves. ‘Your Love’ reflecting the mirror of the new name continues the band’s characteristic for duality in both vocals and the way in which a tense rhythm dances with a rolling bassline and glassy percussion and an outlook that is closer to their adopted city’s identity for dance music.
Evvol’s album Eternalism is out on May 18th on Mad Dog & Love Records.