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A lot music from Ireland and Northern Ireland comes Nialler9’s way and every week, we listen through it all and select the tracks from emerging artists and some established acts that deserve to be heard by you.
I love this latest track from indie singer-songwriter and producer Sarah Crean.
‘2:00am’ has an indie-rock glow in the vein of stated influences Japanese Breakfast and Dayglow with its guitar in soft and bony mode.
Co-produced with Adam O’Leary, the song is a confident stride for this up and comer, with a plea for clarity in a relationship – words sometimes mean more than actions.
There’s a visceral slant to new punk band Meryl Streek’s debut release, that brandishes anger and frustration at the Catholic Church’s abusive actions and lack of remorse of what they’ve done to the people of Ireland with a particular focus on Mother and Baby homes, following the findings of The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation.
The song is produced by Dan Doherty at Darklands Audio Dublin, and the anger-underscoring video by Peter Kingston features Irish actor Jack Galvin.
‘False Apologies’ was a way to deal with my anger about the atrocities committed by the Catholic church against the young women and children of Ireland, specifically the mother and baby homes. Sadly not their only crimes, it made me sick that the government and church not only allowed this to happen but have actively tried to erase it from history. That in my mind is a step too far.”Meryl Streek
Meryl Streek have signed to the Scottish band Gallows’ label Venn Records, and will release a debut album entitled 796 on November 4th. There’s another song out called ‘Yesterday’.
“The album is for anyone that has been affected by the church’s actions and those that feel that the government not only mistreated them but took away their voice along with it.”
Cave In my Face
Wicklow R&B, soul and hip-hop artist RTL.Bluuwoods comes through with the sweet tones of this two-minute ditty.
Show Me Where Your Heart Is
Matthew Harris started as a producer of the Irish rapper Malaki and has been dropping solo songs as Chameleon of late. His latest ‘Show Me Where Your Heart Is’ brings a melodic slacker-rock R&B sound to proceedings.
The track explores what it’s like to be torn between wanting to dive right into a relationship and having reservations about commitment.
It’s out now on Rubyworks.
Take What You’ve Been Given
Jack Dora is an Irish artist whose debut EP Take What You’ve Been Given features seven songs that bring in 80’s synth-pop, new wave and post punk and classic rock sounds, while thematically, is “centered on the struggle to escape the male ego and toxic masculinity we often grow up with through different characters and relationships.”
The title track is my pick of the bunch but do dive in.
After appearing here last month, the Dublin trio Lowkick (formerly known as duo CK&MCG) continue their forays into rap, jazz and lo-fi beats.
‘Slippin’ is shuffling rap track with a beat that sounds like it came from Mount Kimbie’s studio.
Dublin sunny slacker artist Local Boy is a sun-worshipper on new song ‘Milkshake Pilltaste’, a song that is comfortable enough for the artist to compare himself to Republic of Loose front man Mik Pyro.
“The themes get heavier on a lot of my new music so I wanted to remind myself that sometimes getting out in the sun and breathing fresh air can be so important for giving us a fresh perspective when times are hard.”
Local Boy also announced some gigs:
‘An Evening with LOCAL BOY + some special guests’ will be coming to Áras na nGael, Galway, August 25th; The Record Room, Limerick, August 26th; and Workman’s Cellar, Dublin, September 22nd.
The Swedish Railway Orchestra
‘The Ballhaus’ is a recent single from the forthcoming release, an electronic song with roaming vocals and atmospheric production.
A second feature for the Galway DJ and producer Evan McSweeney aka Burlie Mac after recent song ‘Sick In Da Head’.
‘Oh Alright!’ makes use of video game-esque coin sound to punctuate its sparse house sound.
Dublin-based Hannah Horan’s ‘Holy One’ is a dreamy indie pop song that explores the LGBTQ+ experience through the prism of living in a religious country, where shame and guilt are widespread.
Interestingly, the song was produced by Sarah Crean, who you can hear above on track one.
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