Dublin’s This Greedy Pig are known for their DJing, design and delving into culture on their website but they’re about to showcase another passion they have – for (crate)digging with the establishment of a record label wing called The Pig’s Ear which is expected to include house, disco and hip-hop.
The first release on the label comes out this week, and is from a long-time established name in Irish electronic music Hystereo, Conor Murphy and Jack Byrne. It’s a two track release, ‘Aquarium’ and ‘Outbound to Wonderland’, digitally on iTunes, Beatport.
Here’s a listen to ‘Aquarium’, a deceptively simple-sounding piece of rolling dance music that goes deep.
Skelocrats will return with a new album Bella Bella later this month with a stronger melodic swing to their music. In January ‘Lyin’ Eyes‘ gave us our first preview and ‘Zirconium Heart’ further cements it which the band say is akin “new-wavey robo-pop that manages to evoke both Talking Heads and a Eurovision entry from another dimension”.
Bobby Aherne of No Monster Club, who himself had an excellent video yesterday made a video for the track which centres on a lo-fi robot/human Blind-Date style TV show.
17th April, Bello Bar, Dublin (Bella Bella launch party with Ginnels and Switzerland) 9th May, Sweeney’s, Dublin w/ Cruising and Cave Ghosts 14th May, Roisin Dubh, Galway w/ Paddy Hanna
Tame Impala have been one of those bands I just didn’t get when they surged into enough of a common knowledge that allowed them to sell out the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, as an example.
But HOLY GOD, this new song, ‘Let It Happen’ is one of those reasons why you have to give bands second chances time and time again. A sprawling eight minute song which plays on their past established psych-rock sound but lifts them to somewhere that’s modern – a quality I always appreciate. Perhaps the process has changed. The song is built like an extended 12″ version and takes on more electronic textures into its middle before bursting into serene talk box and a robot funk guitar lick. Daft Punk could be an influence on the track as one Soundcloud commenter said – “Sounds like Daft Punk and Metronomy having sex on a Mustang backseat.”
Perhaps Kevin Parker’s excellent collaboration with Mark Ronson – ‘Daffodils’ has rubbed off too. The thrill of listening to a song like this is why I do what I do.
Last night, a select Dublin audience got a full headphones listen to Sufjan’s new album Carrie & Lowell (March 27th), an album that addresses his mother’s death and which pats down his sonics to the folk-style of his earlier work.
As a nice bit of promotional synergy, Bobby Aherne has a new video for the album track ‘The Loneliest Master’ by Giles Brody and Conor O’Toole featuring Owen Colgan (Buzz’ from Hardy Bucks) centred on Bobby finding out he has a son, discovering his skills in the thumb wrestling arena at Royal Thumble and using his skills to pay a child support bill. Normal Tuesday stuff.
‘Hot Scary Summer’, the second song from Darling Arithmetic, after ‘Courage’, features homophobes but it’s framed in the personal rather than the global. The song detailing a breakup between two people, juxtaposes sweet moments like “kissing on the cobblestone” with “all the pretty young homophobes looking out for a fight” and a society that makes someone “half a person / half a monster.”
The song title and the subject matter seems to suggest a summer night that could explode into the hurtful and visceral at any moment. Another poetic personal vignette from Conor O’Brien.
Prior, I always found Twin Shadow’s live shows to have that direct connection where his music was shrouded in ambience, much like Eclipse’s first single ‘Turn Me Up’.
Those two songs show that Lewis Jr can right a great pop hook and Eclipse is the sound of him embracing that clear tone in fresh ways. Aside from those there are standouts like ‘Alone’ a soulful duet with Lily Elise, an anthemic ‘When The Lights Turn Out’, the dark-gilded electro-pop of the title track and the skyscraping call of ‘I’m Ready’.
Nialler9 has an exclusive stream of the album right here before it is released on Friday March 13th.
Lewis Jr had this to say about the album:
“My whole world seemed to come apart during the recording and touring of my first two albums. It seemed to break off into two large chunks; one relating to self-awareness and confidence and the other being a desire to seek out the best in people around me. They began to drift slowly away from each other. Balancing the two became an almost impossible task and I feared having to choose on or the other. Before the start of the recording of ECLIPSE I felt these things pull even further away, and in thinking I had lost both, I felt a deep solitude. When I began recording in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (where I built my studio), I forgot about these things and focused only on what was in front of me: practical things, mundane things, thinks that simply kept me busy and not bored. Without realising it during this period, the things I lost hold of began to move towards each other again. Through this shift many things began to re-establish themselves; including loving relationships, a strength in the dynamic between my mother & I, as well as energetic states of mind and general excitement to play music. Things were aligned again without me trying to control them.”
1. Flatliners 2. When The Lights Turn Out 3. To The Top 4. Alone Feat. Lily Elise 5. Eclipse 6. Turn Me Up 7. I’m Ready 8. Old Love/New Love Feat. D’Angelo Lacy 9. Half Life 10. Watch Me Go 11. Locked & Loaded