Summer weather can’t be relied on, one day it can be scorching, one day torrential. I’m a big believer in surrounding yourself with things to encourage your mood and music to soundtrack the season. Just because the weather isn’t playing ball doesn’t mean your tunes can’t lift you. Which is where Marius Lauber’s escapist debut… Read more »

Posted on August 19th, 2016

Tags:

Artists:

Formerly known as indie folk band The Ambient Affair, Jamie Clarke and Marc Gallagher have teamed up with Conor Deasy (Biggles Flys Again, Tomorrows) as Divan whose new name signifies a new sound for the musicians. Modern Knowledge was produced by Brent Knopf (EL VY, Ramona Falls, Menomena) and is decidedly more muscular than their… Read more »

Posted on August 19th, 2016

Tags:

Artists: ,

The release of Boys Don’t Cry, Frank Ocean’s upcoming album has been much promised and delayed in the last year that many are near giving up any hope of news; particularly after the last release date seemed a sure shot. Well, last night, Frank Ocean gave us something, something different. Endless is an Apple Music-only… Read more »

Posted on August 19th, 2016

Artists:

Band origin stories are usually littered with groups that weren’t great, were too young to be any good, were formed because of a stupid name or were necessary in the chain of experience. Conor Adams and Lar Kaye, the musicians behind All Tvvins had a more successful run than most. Adams, along with his brother… Read more »

Posted on August 12th, 2016

Tags:

Artists:

Robyn Bromfield, Jessica Kennedy, Áine Stapleton’s music as Everything Shook falls somewhere between ambient electronica, freak folk and gothic electro. “Friday night on the dancefloor, Sunday night falling in the door.” Drinking About You‘s the trio’s debut album is centred on late nights including “objectification, alcohol, disenchantment and big cities.” It has an eerie atmosphere… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2016

Tags:

Artists:

When the world seems to be turning madder with each passing day, sometimes you need to focus and vent on the little things as a form of escape. 19 year-old lad Skinner who lives “just outside Dublin” is young enough to care only about those small things: getting wrecked, not finding a decent seat on… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2016

Tags:

Artists:

Pearse McGloughlin will release his fourth album of music under the name Nocturnes on Friday. The Soft Animal is a self-described “album of refined atmospherics that draws from the things that matter most.” It’s his first album since his collaboration with Justin Grounds as Idiot Songs. The album is McGloughlin’s first since the birth of… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2016

Artists: , , ,

One of the best things I saw at Iceland Airwaves, and last year in general, was the 16 strong female rap group Reykjavíkurdætur (Daughters of Reykjavik) from Iceland. The girls crowdfunded a debut album with t-shirt extras and all and now, it’s out for all to hear via Spotify. It’s mostly in Icelandic but one… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2016

Tags:

Artists:

A Chicago band formed by guitarist Max Kakacek (ex-Smith Westerns) and singing drummer Julien Ehrlich (ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra), Whitney’s debut has all the hallmarks of a classic Americana rock’n’roll record – The Band, Neil Young, Steely Dan. At a zippy 30 minutes, this debut album is full of pastoral rock music that harks back to… Read more »

Posted on June 10th, 2016

Tags:

Artists: