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Dear Desert are a new Dublin trio who made an impact with their heart-on-sleeve ’80s pop debut track ‘Give It Up’. Today, Brendan Millar, Richie Fenton and James O’Donnell dropped track two, ‘Gift Above’ which is built atop a bed of circulating synths, piano chords and rattling percussion and grows into bloom with Millar’s yearning… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

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A couple of weeks ago, I premiered the video for ‘Love And Work’, the new song from Cove, “a shimmering digital falsetto-laden electronic rock track”. Today, the EP is with us and among the release’s five tracks are ‘Sylvia’ a potent electronic track with bleeps, beeps, digital percussion, guitars and stunted synths that reminds me… Read more »

Posted on September 18th, 2014

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Chance The Rapper is a versatile talent. He sits outside rap’s porch painting a world that has more colour, passion and emotion than most. It’s almost hyper-real. On last year’s guest verse on SZA’s ‘Child’s Play’ he illuminated the track with Popeye references and a tightly structured flow that ends in a wistful singsong “But… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2014

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Slow Skies New 2014

For their new EP, entitled Keepsake, Slow Skies (Karen Sheridan & Conal Herron) have amped up the atmosphere between the notes and words, moving their sound into more dynamic and effective places. A couple of weeks ago the ’80s feel of ‘Ice Field’ marked that change. It’s further reinforced by ‘Bodies’, track two on the… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2014

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In March, the Dublin duo We Cut Corners played a live set in St Patrick’s College of Education, as part of a series of concerts in the college. The band, who released their second album Think Nothing earlier in the year, have now made a five-track EP of the songs which were accompanied by strings… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2014

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Planet Parade continue their impressive song resurgence with their first single proper – a shadowy night-time grower of ‘You’ll Be Sorry’. While they first appeared in 2009 as a much more indie-rock affair, Michael Hopkins & Andrew Lloyd have spent four years working on their music, and have come up with a more nuanced mature… Read more »

Posted on September 16th, 2014

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The Hard Ground are about to release the second of three EPs in their Triptych series which will be eventually released as their second album. The Irish band (Marlene Enright, Pat Carey, Dave Duffy, Davy Ryan and Hugh Dillon) describe themselves as a “roots-rock” band, not something I’d normally be into, hence, why I wasn’t… Read more »

Posted on September 15th, 2014

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Ahmed Gallab has, until now been a musician who was never really in the spotlight. As a working one in other bands (Caribou, Yeasayer, Of Montreal) he quietly served the songs of others. On his second Sinkane album in 2012, Mars (the first in 2009 was psychedelically experimental), he stepped out on his on own… Read more »

Posted on September 11th, 2014

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Watch the cute kid video for Groom’s ‘Colours’

Popical Island’s resident rocking storytellers Groom released their latest album Bread and Jam, a true catalogue of Irish life conveyed through guitar, drums and voice. For the video for their latest song ‘Colours’, which “describes an emigrant’s return to dreary Ireland in the bad times,” a potentially depressing sentiment that is made palatable by Groom’s… Read more »

Posted on September 10th, 2014

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