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Last year, Subplots returned as a core duo of Phil Boughton and Daryl Chaney with two new songs, their first since the band’s debut album Night Cycles over five years ago. Today, I have a first listen to the band’s second album Autumning, a nine-track collection of considered music that takes in electronic textures, razor-thin… Read more »

Posted on January 26th, 2015

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For most of his creative endeavours as Jape, Richie Egan has been juxtaposing traditional guitar-based songwriting with electronic synth textures. It’s evident in his first big single ‘Floating’ in 2007, which found a complementary version courtesy of a Prins Thomas remix right up to 2011’s Ocean Of Frequency, where the marriage of both sides of… Read more »

Posted on January 22nd, 2015

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Chaz Bundick spent last year working his dance muscles on the excellent Les Sins project which culminated in the album Michael (‘Bother’ was a tune of the year). For 2015, Bundick’s attention returns to his roots, his Toro Y Moi project for which he will release his fourth album What For? on Car Park on… Read more »

Posted on January 20th, 2015

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I had largely remained immune to the charms of the alt-wonky pop musician Myles Manley til now. The Sligo man had the cheeky audacity to release his debut album under the title Greatest Hits 2012-2013, an audacity that’s easy to admire. Manley will release a new EP enigmatically-titled More Songs on Trout Records next month… Read more »

Posted on January 19th, 2015

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Laura Groves’ did a wonderful job last year covering Paul McCartney’s ‘Waterfalls’. She also provided vocals on Bullion’s Nautic project’s track ‘Fresh Eyes’ before that. On her new track ‘Dream Story’, from her Committed Language EP, out on DEEK on February 16th, she shows off her talent once again with a lo-fi swaying track that… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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There’s a good chance you’ve already heard this, it was released as a radio single in December but it debuted online only last week (while I was away), so in case you’ve not yet pressed play, then do so now. ‘Séance of Light’ is the second single from Jape’s fifth album This Chemical Sea, which… Read more »

Posted on January 14th, 2015

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The Popical Island band Skelocrats will return with a new album. The band, made up of Land Lovers’ Padraig Cooney, Grand Pocket Orchestra’s Bronwyn Murphy-White and Paddy Hanna, Groom’s Michael Stevens will release an album Bella Bella in March and the excellent ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ is a Belle And Sebastian-style indie track that suggests the band… Read more »

Posted on January 13th, 2015

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Come On Live Long’s first album Everything Fall is one of my favourite Irish albums of the last few years, a debut which not only had great songs already embedded in it but also suggested that the band, were a close-knit of people who had the potential to do greater things. ‘Trough’, the band’s new… Read more »

Posted on January 12th, 2015

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The Minutes will are closing out 2014, what may well be their best year as a band, thanks to extensive touring in Europe, a rising profile and a solid second record Live Well, Change Often. To mark the occasion, the band have released a new single, ‘Supernatural’, which comes with the news that the album… Read more »

Posted on December 15th, 2014

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