The South Korean band Jambinai came to my attention when they played Body&Soul festival last year. Their music is post-rock, avant-garde and neo-classical drawing on traditional Korean instruments like the haegeum, the piri and the geomungo. Last year, they signed a deal with Bella Union and released their second album A Hermitage and on 24th… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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On January 1st, Brian Eno released his latest excursion into ambient music – Reflection. The 54-minute album continues a long line of work in which the composer has been toiling since 1975’s Discreet Music, having single-handedly popularised the idea of ‘ambient music’. While the term has been co-opted by many other artists, none of them… Read more »

Posted on January 4th, 2017

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Evenings & Weekends, the subsidiary label of Loud Mouth Collective, has its third release upcoming from Mangetout, called the Throwing Shapes EP on September 30th. Normally a creator of more high-energy music like footwork and jungle, ‘Falling’ is indicative of a softer, ambient glow. The EP will be available digitally & with a limited edition… Read more »

Posted on September 21st, 2016

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Waterford musician Katie Kim has announced her new new Salt on October 14th. Salt was recorded in Guerrilla Studios and is said to be a departure from previous albums, as it primarily explores the drone side of her music. Production comes from John “Spud” Murphy and one track features Ruadhan O’Meara of No Spill Blood… Read more »

Posted on August 22nd, 2016

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If you’re like me, you’re currently obsessing over the Netflix TV show Stranger Things and its mix of ET, The Goonies, Pan’s Labyrinth, Close Encounters, Stand By Me, Silent Hill and Super 8. Stephen King meets Steven Spielberg meets Guillermo Del Toro. While the four kids are the big stars of the show, the music… Read more »

Posted on July 21st, 2016

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Here’s something I don’t come across to often in my new music travels. El Grey are a Bray-based band who have just released an 18-minute “musical cosmos” that features no pre or post-production. ‘My names A, your names Zed (el-F#)’ is a live recorded track in the vein of contemporary cinematic piano ambience. It’s a… Read more »

Posted on April 19th, 2016

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Following on from the brittle brooding ‘Wounds’, Derry’s Ryan Vail has dropped a new track from next week’s release of his debut For Every Silence album for preview. Taking the two songs so far and Vail’s previous solo discography (3 EPs), we’re operating in whispered minimal electronic mode here. ‘Mirrors’ rides on an almost subliminal beat,… Read more »

Posted on March 24th, 2016

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It’s been a quiet couple of years for Dublin duo Forrests on the recording front since the release of their debut EP Wilder in 2013 but Owen O’ Mahony and Paul O’Reilly have just released a new four-track EP today called Organs which was recorded in the intervening two years. It serves as a nice check-in… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

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I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will… Read more »

Posted on October 22nd, 2015

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