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Former members of The Kinetiks find their formula.

Darling are a new Dublin duo, Gary Harding and James McGuire who were formerly members of The Kinetiks. They’ve been working hard since, particularly on their songwriting which now has a considerable commercial appeal to it now. Harding says: “We confined ourselves to a studio environment for months and months with guitars and pianos, a… Read more »

Posted on October 24th, 2013

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A Wes Anderson-style clip of Dublin looking ridey.

‘Chambers’ from Biggles Flys Again’s Remember Saturdays album is subtitled as ‘(Or The Twenty Eight Stages of a Relationship Breakdown)’ in this beautiful sun-drenched Dublin video by Colm Russell. The clip was shot in Phoenix Park, IMMA, Royal Canal and outside Screen Cinema amongst other places and has a touch of Wes Anderson about the… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 2013

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Emakousma

Finger-picked guitar and ambient noise lead the way.

Barry Quinn is a Monaghan man, an illustrator and a musician under the name Emakousma who will release his debut album Island on Ian Maleney’s Fallow Field record label. The music of Emakousma isn’t too far away from the likes of Chequerboard, finger-plucked guitars, atmospheric tones and piano are incorporated on the ten tracks of… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 2013

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Solid debut album from the Dublin indie-rock quartet.

Bouts are a Dublin rock band made up of Barry Bracken (Vocals, Guitar), Colin Boylan (Guitar, Vocals), Niall Jackson (Bass, Vocals) and Daniel Flynn (Drums, Percussion). On a couple of singles and EPs since 2011, the band have showed off a knack for guitar music in all its forms. Debut album Nothing Good Gets Away… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2013

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A contemplative warm lead track.

Instrumental Dublin band Halfset are by now, a band pretty much considered defunct and with that their members have been exploring other projects, be it music, production or labels. Jeff Martin has scratched his music itch once again with a new project called Ghost Maps which has an album The Ocean From The River on… Read more »

Posted on October 18th, 2013

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Three tracks of rock'n'roll through the ages.

Stefan Murphy’s name is the title but The Mighty Stef are very much a band these days with three others Gary Lonergan (Bass, keys), Brian Farrell (drums, percussion) and Daniel Fitzpatrick (guitars / keyboards) contributing. They’ve spent some time earlier this year in LA recording a new album with producer Alain Johannes (Queens of the… Read more »

Posted on October 17th, 2013

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Alt-indie rock atmospherics from Aoife Cleary.

Here’s a musician who I featured three years back who went quiet shortly afterwards. The former member of Irish band The Blonde Majority, Aoife Cleary has been working away ever since along with producer and mixer Fergal Davis. Now billing herself as Aoife Underwater, Cleary is back with ‘You Didn’t Break’ is remiscent of Emily… Read more »

Posted on October 17th, 2013

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Electronic-soul, atmospheric piano and a big falsetto lead McMorrow's comeback.

With James Vincent McMorrow’s second album Post Tropical on the way in early 2014 (January 10th) and his tour dates selling well, the timing is right to hear a track from it. And what a track. James can often be found on Twitter, extoling the virtues of music as varied as D’Angelo to Fiona Apple… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2013

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