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.
Slow Moving Clouds
Slow Moving Clouds are a Dublin based three piece band that fuse Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals. Taken from their upcoming album Starfell, ‘Trin‘ merges dizzying violin hooks and unusual, ambient vocals lines with a driving cello bass motif. Imagine a modern take on your favourite traditional Irish tune.
RTL is the moniker of 21-year old Rob Toal Lennon from Eniskerry, Co. Wicklow. His latest EP 432_uncertainty saw release last week and it develops a lot of the sonically prevalent themes we saw in his debut single ‘Father‘ earlier this year. ‘Friends‘ is a stand out track of the EP; it deals with issues of mental health and anxiety and the difficulty of being a good friend when you’re not feeling too good yourself. Succulent synth lines meet unobtrusive hip-hop beats and gentle lyrics, rendering it one of the best smooth-listening track we’ve heard this week.
Yúgen is the debut album from new Dublin based rapper Crybaby. Lush guitar tones and trapped high hats juxtapose lyrics that deal with mental health and loneliness, “how did I get to be this way? / when I wake up all I see is grey”.
Households is the debut album from Irish artist Saint Tomorrow. Like each song on the album, ‘Seventeen‘ is just over 1-minute in length and showcases the endearing naivety and apprehension that a lot of teenagers on the brink of 18 feel, “soon enough ill be 18, and I’m still the same / everybody changes and I’m stuck here waiting for someone to save me”. Rich gang vocals and radio filters contribute to an over arching sentiment of nostalgia and memories passed.
She Will Forget; We Will Forget
New hip-hop artist Glasseyed released his debut instrumental EP You want to know something? last week and all three songs on it are full of groovy goodness. She Will Forget; We Will Forget sets the tone of the rest of the EP with disjointed drum beats and head bob inducing bass rhythms.
The Limerick-based trio have been playing the Cranberries’ ‘Dreams’ live for quite a while and the cover was made all the more poignant by the passing of their fellow county musician Dolores. They are back in Ireland to play the Workman’s Club on November 2nd, then Dolan’s Limerick on the 3rd and Cyprus Avenue, Cork on the 4th.