Something Brian Eno said recently about the importance of limitations has stuck with me over the last few years. When it comes to the possibilities of music making with digital tools, there are endless iterations of what can occur, which can be a problem. Just because you can produce any type of sound it doesn’t… Read more »
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 »
One of the most sumptuous records you’ll hear this year.
Comments Off on Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Right, your band have won a Mercury, you book a big arena tour (they play O3 Arena in Dublin on Saturday), you have a sanctioned Miley Cyrus sample in the bag. What do you do next? Use the first album as a formula? Collaborate with Iggy Azalea? Get 2Chainz on a guest verse? No, you strip… Read more »
Review: The Dublin band's second album is a band rejuvenated by new possibilities.
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The Dublin-based band Sleep Thieves are a very different proposition from the one that appeared three years ago, so much so that their debut album Heart Waves seems, from cursory searches to have been erased from many of the online stores that once carried it, either by choice or by expiration. Sleep Thieves in 2014… Read more »
A look at the documentary about the seminal LA underground label.
Comments Off on Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records
The LA label Stones Throw has held a high watermark in the quality of its musical output in the world of hip-hop, and in its latter years, beyond the fringes of rap, into punk, electronica, outsider music and jazz. It has been consistently referenced into the fabric of posts on this site, since I started…. Read more »
Comments Off on Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero (review)
My first experience of Little Green Cars was of a ragged but talented bunch of musicians participating in a naff battle of the bands competition for teens in 2008. Back then, the lack of focus was obvious, as was the talent.
Jon Dark and Julie Chance’s music as Kool Thing to date, has shapeshifted in forms between a range of touchstones: elements of ’80s electronic, ’90s indie, brooding cold electronica and everything in-between. Constant throughout has been the presence of both members’ chanting double vocals; distinctive and hypnotic. The Berlin-based band’s self-titled debut album solidifies the… Read more »
After two years of missing the festival, I finally made it down to one day at Body & Soul in Co. Westmeath over the weekend. Luck was on my side as I could only make Sunday which turned out to be the sunny day. Weather was something I noticed Body & Soul had going for… Read more »
Comments Off on The Cast Of Cheers – Family (album of the week)
When The Cast Of Cheers uploaded their debut album Chariot for free up on Bandcamp in 2010, it was an action that many bands and artists have done before and since without little fanfare. That simple action got them noticed by many, blogs including this one were amongst the first. My post on the album… Read more »