!!! (the world’s only Google-proof band name actually pronounced as Chk Chk Chk) are real outliers of American independent music. They never really fit into any real scene, they were associated with the rise of New York music at the peak of DFA and LCD Soundsystem but they’re from California and their members live all over… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

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Los Angeles’ Kisses have been knocking around on the periphery of the music blogosphere for a number of years now. I featured a song of the same name as the band from them back in 2010, a tropical indie pop number. Last week, Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson, who are a musical married couple with… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2015

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It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how Girl Band made the jump from another rock band to one who were pursuing an entirely idiosyncratic hybrid of guitar and industrial techno but it’s probably fair too say, you don’t make that leap without something significant to kickstart it. Holding Hands With Jamie is one of the more pummelling… Read more »

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

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The music of Lorely Rodriguez has previously come with a pleasing electronic haze to it. Early Empress Of releases were gauzy, booming ’80s-inspired alternative synth pop. The transition on the Brooklyn-based lady’s debut album Me is startling enough even though it shares some of the same qualities. The dance pop aspect of her music is… Read more »

Posted on September 24th, 2015

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After his time with the indie-rock band The Rags came to an end, Daniel Anderson found himself at a junction: give up the dream, go back to labouring on building sites or pursue the musical muse. In a way, Anderson did both. Granted a plot of land, he put his physical skills to work to… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2015

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Neil O’Connor’s last album as Somadrone, The First Wave, was characterised by an adept experience producer, composer and arranger sinking that knowledge into his hardware of analogue drum machines and synthesizers. Oracle, O’Connor’s fifth album, feels further unburdened by the technology that drives it. There’s a pleasing looseness to proceedings, a greater dynamic playfulness that… Read more »

Posted on September 16th, 2015

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Dublin band TNLYF (The Nightlife) have metamorphosed from a stadium rock act on early single ‘Defeated’ to a band who graduated to rock music that sounds like it was pulled apart in slow-motion and injected with shades anew. ‘Reflect’, the EP’s gauzy shoegaze-style opening track signalled that sea change and the rest of the EP,… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2015

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Instagram, Irish Water, Marriage Equality, EDM, Jobbridge, Hozier. This is just a small list of things we did not have the last time The Jimmy Cake released an album. 2008’s Spectre & Crown was a majestic modern Irish classic, rich and textured neo-classical leaning release. In many ways, it was the opposite of what came… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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Summer is always a difficulty time to release an album. There are festivals to attend, holidays to take, sunny days to skive off for and playlists to make. Long playing releases can get lost in the maelstrom. So, here is a selection of recent albums worth your ear time. Have a recommendation? Leave a comment… Read more »

Posted on August 18th, 2015

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