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Elastic Sleep’s ‘Slip’, their newest single has an eerie alchemic quality to it. There are sounds you’ll be familiar with, a rolling bassline with a touch of distortion, cavernous drums, flashes of crunchy guitars but  there’s an uneasy magnitude to things. The rhythm creeps along while the vocals of Muireann Levis discombobulate proceedings, stretching the dynamics of… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2014

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5melties

Dublin band of experimental messers Meltybrains? are back with some material before the year is out trailing a new double A-side single coming in February. ‘Donegal’ + ‘IV’ are the two tracks on that release and here’s the latter. If you’ve heard this band before, you’ll recognise the groove, the five-piece’s mix of electric violin,… Read more »

Posted on November 17th, 2014

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lonelady

It has been over four years since Manchester artist Julia Campbell, aka Lonelady released her debut album Nerve Up on Warp Records which showcased the songwriter as a purveyor of jittering metallic guitar music with big 80s’ drums. The sound was out of step then, and here, on the returning song from Lonelady, ‘Groove It… Read more »

Posted on November 11th, 2014

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pockets

Pockets are a new four-piece band who describe themselves as “dark folk rock”. The Galway/Dublin band’s songs are written by Sean Leonard and arranged and played Faustina Finnerty (Vocals), Cian Hanley (Drums), Joe Padfield (Bass) with Sean (Guitar). On evidence of the band’s debut EP Raison d’être, their self-description is a good start. The lead… Read more »

Posted on November 10th, 2014

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The Galway singer and musician Adrian Crowley has made a name for himself for creating music of his own soundscapes. Across six albums, his music has moved from folk to gentle rock to singer-songwriter style to his newest album, his seventh, Some Blue Morning out this Friday, is certainly his most unique to date. The… Read more »

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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sylas

The fledgling label Aesop has this year given us a fine EP from Iranian/English electronic producer TĀLĀ, and for their second release, with the London/Frankfurt-based musician(s) Sylas, not only is the music intricate, deeply-detailed and advanced in writing, their debut EP also features the genius that is Brian Eno on it, after chance encounters lead… Read more »

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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Argentinian-born NYC-based singer Valerie Teicher’s last track as Tei Shi was one of my favourites of last month. ‘Bassically’ is a dark pulsing noir-pop song of the highest order. By contrast, ‘See Me’ takes it slow, luxuriating in a creaking groove with Teicher’s vocal pushing a gentler disposition. The track, fittingly as it sounds like… Read more »

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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aoife

 Aoife Cleary is Aoife Underwater, who has featured here in small doses sporadically covering The Minutes and a couple of original tracks. She’s back with an EP produced by Fergal Davis. It was debuted on State this week but check out the video for the lead track ‘Cusp Of Nothing’ for starters.

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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wonder

One of the most interesting new bands around, Wonder Wonder who have had a high ratio of songs that they are releasing one a month for the next year have released their third track and it’s another cracker. The London band had to change their name to Oh Wonder this month but the quality remains… Read more »

Posted on November 4th, 2014

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