The Northern Irish alt-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside has a new album forthcoming on Quiet Arch called Ephrata on May 5th. Burnside who has been a regular feature on the NI scene for a few years, wrote the album over a few weeks while living in Colombia, as you do where he stayed with a cousin… Read more »

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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Bad Sea‘s ‘Solid Air’ was one of the best songs from a new Irish band to debut last year with its charming elements of 1950s pop, indie and classic rock’n’roll. “You’re only just a man, you’re not very strong,” is a solid putdown. Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell have concocted a homespun video about, uh-oh,… Read more »

Posted on January 24th, 2017

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Kid Karate dropped a debut album last year but the sense that there was a better album on the way at the time was palpable. Now, Kevin Breen, Steven Gannon and Ian McFarlane have returned with some new music – ‘No Way’, a new single due on February 20th and it’s a confident return, taking… Read more »

Posted on January 24th, 2017

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For Foresters are a Donegal/Dublin band who impressed me last year with the live video for ‘Bath’. ‘Towels’ is the band’s official debut single and it’s a devastating song about shocking news, specifically the about vocalist Gabriel Paschal Blake’s mother and the experience of being told by his father that she had cancer. “We cried… Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

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As was rumoured this week, Arcade Fire just dropped a brand new song to coincide with tomorrow’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the President of the United States Of America. The song ‘I Give You Power’ is a Tidal-only exclusive (though it plays in full below) and features vocals from Mavis Staples. It’s built on… Read more »

Posted on January 19th, 2017

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The South Korean band Jambinai came to my attention when they played Body&Soul festival last year. Their music is post-rock, avant-garde and neo-classical drawing on traditional Korean instruments like the haegeum, the piri and the geomungo. Last year, they signed a deal with Bella Union and released their second album A Hermitage and on 24th… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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TRM are back.  Not only are their live dates around Ireland next month but there’s rumours that there will be new music on the way from The Redneck Manifesto too. The band’s four albums (Friendship, I Am Brazil, Cut Your Heart Off From Your Head, Thirtysixstrings) and two EPs (Seven Stabs, Rmnmn) from the years 2001… Read more »

Posted on January 17th, 2017

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London-based band HAWK have released a new song inspired by Galway vocalist Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home on a night out. ‘Take it Away’ is a tumultuous slice of indie rock with layers of vocals and an impending harmonic creepiness that sets the backdrop for the story. Her friend was told that she “shouldn’t… Read more »

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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Six years after the release of their debut album which drew favourable reviews and comparisons to Stereolab and Broadcast from yours truly, the 202s returned last year with ‘Oh My My’. This month, the trio return with a new four-track EP next week which will feature a Jape remix and will be available from Bandcamp…. Read more »

Posted on January 9th, 2017

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It’s not easy to call time on a project that you’re invested in and love, especially with your childhood buddies. As creators of math-rock, instrumental post-rock, music whatever you call it Wicklow’s Enemies weren’t ones to stay still. Their own discography charts a course from melodic instrumentals to a different take onto a more expanded… Read more »

Posted on December 8th, 2016

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Ahead of their biggest Dublin show yet tomorrow night in Vicar Street (with support from Bitch Falcon), Overhead, The Albatross have shared a new track to mark the occasion, the first song written since the album Learning To Growl was released earlier this year. ‘Our Youth Our Younger’ features kids talking about the universe, God (or… Read more »

Posted on December 8th, 2016

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St. Francis Hotel are a new Irish act/producers based in London who have released three songs thus far but have done enough to be noticed by the wider world via KCRW, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, BBC Six Music and Spotify. They previously featured here as producers of the song ‘Writer’s Block’ with Lixo… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2016

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Dublin singer-songwriter Naoise Roo’s new single ‘Whore’ follows in the tradition of PJ Harvey in the scornful yet human rock song stakes. It’s a song that seeks control and craves release in no uncertain terms. The video by acclaimed director Bob Gallagher (Girl Band / Myles Manley/ Spies) takes the idea further and places it… Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2016

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Three years on from The Notas’ second EP, it turns out the Dublin band had not laid their instruments to rest. Formed from members whose families are from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, France and Ireland, the alternative band went relatively quiet. It looks like they were living in London the last while. Now, they’ve resurfaced with… Read more »

Posted on November 16th, 2016

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Ruth and Mike Aicken aka New Portals have made a fine line of electro-pop songs in the last two years, when they’re not working as The more folk-pop band Jepettos. ‘Winterskin’ is their newest single (released December 2nd), a song with a lot of tense electronic atmosphere. Musically, it’s the most confident and commanding they’ve… Read more »

Posted on November 10th, 2016

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