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Every Friday, four new music picks culled from the music blog hive mind are published as part of my Day & Night section. The magazine is out in print free with every copy of the Irish Independent on Friday so pick it up (or read it in the shop when the cashier isn’t looking).. Follow Day & Night on Twitter or Facebook. Any one of these could be your new favourite band…

Chlöe Howl

This 17-year-old singer has been snapped up by Columbia Records and it’s easy to hear why. Her debut single ‘No Strings’ is an all-conquering sort: a bright and breezy pop Pumped Up Kicks-esque arrangement with Howl’s distinctive English drawl means this debut song has buckets of personality.


Natasha Haws

Tribal drum hits and atmospherically-enhanced vocals strike you straight away on this young North East English singer’s new single Stranger. Like her namesake, Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes, Haws’ music is a beguiling unique sort.