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
Full band blues melancholy from Nugent's full-band debut on No Quarter.
Cian Nugent is a young Irish guitarist in the vein of John Fahey, who, in the last few years has released an impressive Doubles on VHF as well as a single ‘Hire Purchase’ on Matador Records. An impressive feat for any musician, not least one in their early twenties. Nugent has been playing with a… Read more »
Posted on October 2nd, 2013
Irish singer-songwriter returns with her second EP.
Sorcha Richardson gave us a listen to the title track from Last Train, “a typically plaintive yet bright-sounding acoustic song” and now that the EP is here in full, it follows a similar mood in its first half, ‘The First From Me That’s Flown’ and ‘Do You Still’ could be similarly described with Richardson’s melodic… Read more »
Posted on September 30th, 2013
John Lambert announces his first album in five years.
John Lambert returns to his fruitful Chequerboard project with a new third album, The Unfolding next month. His last album Penny Black, released back in 2008 was a Nialler9 favourite. The Unfolding comes out on Lazybird Records on September 27th and John will mark the release with two gigs on the 27th and 28th in… Read more »
Posted on August 26th, 2013
Drake, KaraKara, Fort Romeau, Kwes, Active Child & more.
New songs you should hear this week… This week’s installment of new music debuted/heard in the last week stretches over to about the last 12 days or so. Drake continues his run of killer singles with the silky smooth ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’, SZA’s big track ‘Julia’ presaged her Top Dawg Entertainment signing announcement,… Read more »
Posted on August 20th, 2013