Impressive return single for the Wexford singer's fourth album.
I’m not sure if Wallis Bird is as popular here as she is in parts of Europe (Germany/ Benelux / Austria / Switzerland) but it certainly doesn’t seem like she’s as well known here. Perhaps her strident Ani DiFranco-style acoustic pop has a more natural home outside of Ireland. For the first single, ‘Hardly Hardly’… Read more »
Posted on March 7th, 2014
Her second album brims with a powerful intimacy despite the increased dynamism.
When you have a voice so striking you could hang a hat on it, it’s probably a good idea to hang your songs on it too. Angel Olsen’s 2012 debut album Half Way Home introduced us to the Missouri singer’s deep country-folk vibrato that sometimes sounded like an entrant in a yodelling competition and musically,… Read more »
Posted on February 13th, 2014
The first properly-recorded single from the Derry singer on Chvrches' new label.
By now, readers of this site or any other site will have a rudimentary knowledge of the young Derry singer-songwriter SOAK who has played Other Voices and generally made people much older than her 17 years feel like a bit of a kid again. The big news in the past week was that SOAK signed… Read more »
Posted on January 29th, 2014
Alphabeat singer goes solo, a two-minute viral hit about post-sex fear and Norwegian supernatural folk.
Stine Bramsen – Prototypical Danish band Alphabeat were either perfect pop music or like a bunch of kids TV presenters in a band depending on your point of view. Lead singer Stine Bramsen is striking out on her own and ‘Prototypical’, her ultra-melodic foot-stomping hand-clapping new single is a fine slice of pure pop without… Read more »
Posted on January 24th, 2014
A meticulous debut solo album from Jeff Martin.
As a member of Halfset, Jeff Martin is no stranger to intricately constructed arrangements. It’s a knowledge that he uses on his own new project Ghost Maps and the project’s debut full-length The Ocean From The River. Halfset was instrumental music and Ghost Maps takes a similar rich arrangements of guitar, synths, strings, piano and… Read more »
Posted on November 12th, 2013
The Torture Garden blogger shows off his impressive new musical venture
It is eight years to the day since I first wrote about music on Nialler9, the first post being Kraftwerk’s Minimum Maximum live album. There were those who were doing it before me of course, and in Ireland, Shane Culloty with his site The Torture Garden, cultivated a beautifully-written, well-versed destination for indie music and… Read more »
Posted on November 11th, 2013
A beautifully distilled album brimming with the Cavan lady's personality and colloquialisms.
Listen to songs from Lisa O’Neill’s 2009 debut long player Has an Album (there’s one, there’s another) and you can hear just how far the singer-songwriter has come on second album Same Cloth Not. The first album was characterised by whimsical cute folk songs conveyed by an idiosyncratic voice that was an acquired taste, the… Read more »
Posted on November 8th, 2013
A stunning EP from one of the best new artists to emerge from Northern Ireland.
Katharine Philippa is one of the most interesting new artists to appear from Northern Ireland in the last few years. Witness her performance of ‘Broken to Be Rebuilt’ in St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for example. Recordings were scant til now but her new EP, also titled the Broken to be Rebuilt EP should help… Read more »
Posted on November 7th, 2013
A contemplative Dublin-set video for a sweet song.
Ciaran Dwyer (a good friend of mine as written about before) is the main man behind Knoxville Morning, a band project inspired by a trip around the USA which resulted in an album of Americana-inflected folk rock. The band are supporting The Mighty Stef tonight in Whelan’s and have a great new video by the… Read more »
Posted on November 7th, 2013