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Eastern Passages might last for a relatively short time of 30+ minutes but the impression of calm it inspires sustains for far longer than its running time. The debut mini album from Drogheda musician and composer Breifne Holohan, Eastern Passages is a minimal album consisting of four tracks featuring a palette of cascading electric guitar… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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Kirt Vile’s sixth album b’lieve i’m goin down will be released on September 25th through Matador. ‘Pretty Pimpin’ is the album’s first single and showcases Vile’s inimitable indie-rock twang and yet it sounds at his most direct and clear. He plays Vicar Street on November 15th with Waxahatchee. b’lieve i’m goin down TRACK LISTING 1…. Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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Patrick O’Laoghaire, I Have A Tribe, has returned with a new track to follow up his debut EP from last year. ‘Scandinavia’ feels like a song that’s been revealed as written in a letter, a confessional late-night whisper with O’Laoghaire resolving his own mortality and existence. The song was recorded in Villagers’ Conor O’Brien’s house… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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A new artist on the rise in the UK, Starling has debuted with a beautiful slow-moving ballad called ‘Take It Down’, a song which brandishes comparisons to Goldfrapp and Birdy in its style. Starling is signed to Communion Music, home to Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bear’s Den, Tennis and Matthew and the Atlas. She’ll play… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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Chicago rapper Tink has been on the cusp of something bigger for a while now after collaborations with Future Brown and Kelela among others. The 19 year-old might have just pushed over the edge with her newest collaboration with UK producer Tazer. ‘Wet Dollars’ has a similar club-hopping jump attitude to the best material from… Read more »

Posted on July 20th, 2015

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Bitch Falcon were one of the recipients of some studio time of the recent Guinness Amplify campaign, given to some of the bands who participated in gigs and who were chosen by judges for recording ( Bitch Falcon were one of my choices). ‘TMJ’ is the direct result of that recording. The 5-minute song goes… Read more »

Posted on July 20th, 2015

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This week’s chart is headed by French producer Para One’s incendiary slice of gospel house with the South African Youth Choir, a surprising rap debut from Future Islands’ Sam T. Herring with Madlib no less, new artists from LA (Transviolet), Brighton (Oslo Parks), Cork (Lakerama),  Wicklow (Joni), Melbourne (Cloves, pictured) along with  electronic heat from… Read more »

Posted on July 20th, 2015

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I remember on a visit to Australia in 2008, a couple of radio people enthusing about Tame Impala’s second EP. Kevin Parker’s music back then was clearly indebted with early 70s rock music, Black Sabbath and Steppenwolf laced with the psychedelic rock of the previous decade. It made no concessions to modernity. 2010’s first album… Read more »

Posted on July 17th, 2015

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The sweet strains of Transviolet’s unnamed singer recall Lana Del Rey at her most LA-sounding until the words are synthesised by effects. The music concocted by the Los Angeles band around the vocals burn with minimalism: booming beats, growing synth lines and a rush of production towards the song’s conclusion. ‘Girls Your Age’ exudes the… Read more »

Posted on July 16th, 2015

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