The Dublin Guitar Quartet have been transcribing Philip Glass compositions for a number of years, and recording their Philip Glass’ string quartets for probably longer than they expected. The process of recording, the quartet’s Brian Bolger says, was hampered by “serious Fitzcarraldo vibes”. Launch gigs were cancelled, preamps were lost en route between countries, babies… Read more »

Posted on June 9th, 2014

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I’ve never quite been sure what to make of JJ, the Swedish duo whose entire operation seemed to be a semi-ironic draggy take on black music from a European angle. They’ve made some bewildering musical choices and lots of it, in the past, hasn’t been for me. There are always glimmers there though as if… Read more »

Posted on May 29th, 2014

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Waterford musician and songwriter Deaf Joe’s debut Burrowings showcased an abstracted folk sound. For the followup, From The Heights Of A Dream, out now on Delphi, Deaf Joe moves further into abstraction. Across 35-minutes and 9 tracks, the songs are exploratory with many leaving the impression of an artist trying out new ideas with almost-neoclassical… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2014

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FKA Twigs and inc., two recent new artist favourites around here have collaborated on a 7″ single/zine release out today (iTunes). The zine was authored by Twigs and the music, simply called ‘FKA x inc.’ is a collaborative effort and the two are well suited. It’s out on Young Turks and can be ordered here.

Posted on February 25th, 2014

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One of the most characteristically unique electronic producers to emerge from Dublin’s burgeoning scene in the last few years was Faws. Over two EPs in 2012, the music released under the name by Frankie Grimes was predominantly minimal late-night laid back electronica with jazz, soul and R&B influences. There were a lot more people making… Read more »

Posted on February 11th, 2014

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If it’s dark ambience with a feminine touch, then Ewa Gigon’s newest release is recommended particularly for fans of Chelsea Wolfe and Laura Sheeran. Ewa Gigon is a Polish-born singer who’s played on Dublin’s independent music scene for the last ten years, cropping up on places like the Ballroom of Romance (R.I.P.). or Seomra Spraoi…. Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2014

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Expressive instrumental guitar melodies, fingerplucked treated string notes, ambient waves of noise, piano chords lumbering into minimal arrangements and terse dispositions. Those are the kinds of things to expect from Island, the debut album from illustrator Barry Quinn. The Monaghan man’s music is less about creating a beautiful noise (though there is much of that… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2013

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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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