Marlene Enright is a Cork singer and songwriter who, when not playing with The Hard Ground, has established her own place in Irish music over a series of singles that have traded in classic songwriting, folk, indie, roots and Americana. Enright’s solo album Placemats And Second Cuts is a rich release that combines all of… Read more »

Posted on March 20th, 2017

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Every now and again, the Dublin five-piece band Fiction Peaks pop up with a song that sometimes sounds a bit indie, a bit country or a bit electronic. They have released three EPs to date with another just released today. While they’ve been active since 2013, they are getting around to releasing a debut album… Read more »

Posted on March 13th, 2017

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For a musician who started out in the toy-bashing indie pop band Grand Pocket Orchestra, Paddy Hanna is a songwriter whose music has taken on a more serious grandiose tone in recent years and it’s a sound which really suits him. Coming after ‘Camaradie’, ‘Underprotected’ and ‘Austria’, ‘Bad Boys’ continues this classic pop songwriting vibe… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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After teasing last week and I speculated, Alt-J released their first new song from their third album Relaxer this morning. ‘3WW’ starts out as a quiet atmospheric English folk-song which builds into an orchestral ballad. It’s certainly a change for the band. Guest vocalist is Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell. Visuals are from Playstation game LSD:… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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Bad Sea, The Dublin duo who met and formed a band after talking on Tinder have dropped their second single ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’. Continuing with their mix of throwback guitar music and pop melodies as heard on ‘Solid Air’, Ciara Thompson (CMAT) and Alan Farrell’s newest song is a charmer and arrives on… Read more »

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

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The Berlin-based band Party Fears are the brainchild of Maggie Devlin. She started the Party Fears’ project in South Korea while working there in late 2015. The self-titled album was recorded in Seoul. In March 2016, Devlin moved to Berlin where she was joined by Eilis Frawley who she played with in the past and… Read more »

Posted on February 16th, 2017

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Come On Live Long are re-emerging. Taking their time in following up their debut album, the band have been living in separate countries but keeping their ties together through their shared music pursuits, even when they are working on solo endeavours. Last year, they shared ‘For The Birds’, a neo-soul style track that indicated a… Read more »

Posted on February 14th, 2017

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Limerick alt-rock trio Slow Riot drop a new single on Monday and here is the first play of the track. Drawing on post-punk and alt-rock, Slow Riot’s ‘Pink December’ is a tumult of noise with a Peter Hook-style bassline, dense layers of guitar and drums which add sway to the darkness. Says vocalist Niall Clancy:… Read more »

Posted on February 10th, 2017

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It’s been too long since we heard some new music from Belfast band Pleasure Beach, but no longer do we wait. ‘Burning Up’ is the band’s new single, their first since ‘Magic Mountain’ last April, and the first with a reconfigured lineup. Like their impactful song ‘Go’, ‘Burning Up’ is the sound of a band… Read more »

Posted on February 10th, 2017

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