A lot of Irish music comes Nialler9’s way and there’s little time to feature everything we think is worthy of a thumbs up or more ears. Every week, we collate the songs that pass our writers that deserve to be heard by you. For more extensive Irish coverage, follow our Spotify playlist or hit up the Irish section.
Nature Will Eat Me
Belfast dream pop group Beauty Sleep are fast approaching the release (May 17th) of their debut LP Be Kind. ‘Nature Will Eat Me’ is another woozy anthem, just the sort of layered melodic pop music we’ve come to expect from the band. The band play to their strengths, the vibrant connect they share as an outfit. Vocal lines dance atop one another, embellished with some impressive synth arrangements.
At My Feet
This is the sort of track you could repeat so many times it’d start to feel a bit gluttonous. Dublin MC Jamie Freed has struck upon a golden streak of earworm trap-pop on ‘At My Feet’. It’s lush, neon pop production at its very catchiest. Not the sort of track that reinvents the wheel, but we’ll guarantee it’ll be stuck in your head for ages after hearing it.
Dublin-based electronic pop artist ELKAE’s follow up to the largely popular ‘Sold‘ comes in the form of ‘I Feel’. It’s high-intensity, smooth contemporary pop music with an easy radio appeal.
Jazz musician and member of Innrspace Adam Garrett comes through with some damn fine bedroom pop on his debut single ‘On/Off’. There’s plenty of late seventies funk in the mix, the rounded bassline and the spacey synth string sounds. Garrett brandishes those sounds together with a catchy hook and jazzy piano leads. Lo-fi and tight.
Get some drone ambient into your life. Radio Weirdo’s ‘VHS #3’ was recorded “in one take, 99% asleep at 4.30am.”. The video which accompanies it features footage from Rodolphe Aster’s L’Astromer.
Despite some confusion over the track’s title. Paye Fox’s ‘Jump’ is one step higher up the ladder of noire trap for the MC. There’s plenty to enjoy in the distorted 909s and eerie synth textures. The vocals are part distorted, the emphasis is on the feeling, not the details. We’re more than ok with that.
Border counties group Hatchlings new EP Gay Hymns is full of charming indie-folk arrangements and the most grounded realism we’ve heard from an Irish release thus far this year. Check out the moment of dreadful existentialism the vocalist endures while watching Fair City on ‘Sin É’ to get a taste of what we mean.
Irish producer FL Breezys’ Back Home EP is flush with tight lo-fi house. We’re going with the title track to showcase here, but dance heads will find much to enjoy throughout the entire release.
I Know U’ll Never Get Better
Stephen Colfer’s Pleasure Craft was quietly released on good Friday just gone. It’s a collection of four instrumental electro jams. We’re taking ‘I Know U’ll Never Get Better’ for its hypnotic quality.
Waterford native’s Luna03 have just dropped their debut EP Fade. Its title track is a sprawling 6-minute indie number, full of reverb and an underlying sense of nostalgia. There’s something very Death Cab For Cutie in the arrangement, which is cool.