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.
DOTT could be your favourite Galway band. Their gorgeous new album Heart Swell saw release last week and it was their first anticipated release since 2013’s Swoon. The album keeps the best until last with ‘Wedding Song’, which serves as the perfect album closer; it’s a slow burner that keep its listener engrossed until it reaches a climactic final chorus, complete with an abrupt tempo change and irresistible vocal hooks.
Song For The Broken Hearted (Rollin’)
EVVOL are Berlin-based Australian/Irish band who were formerly Kool Thing and who continue to make interesting and engaged art. Their new track Song For The Broken Hearted is part a double single release which came out last Friday, and both are equal in electro-pop goodness at its finest. Lyrically, Song For The Broken Hearted follows a protagonist wishing to escape into the hedonism, a narrative complimented by succulent synths and bubbly arps.
C F I T
All Hands Bury The Dead
C F I T have been gathering momentum within the Irish music scene for some years. All Hands Bury The Dead marks their return after a two year writing hiatus, the fruits of which were evidently worth the wait. The track wastes no time in grabbing its listeners’ attention from the get-go with an anthemic instrumental section featuring gang vocals and grating guitars before eventually falling away to make room for the lead vocal. This pattern continues throughout with clever, subtle tonal changes that prevent it from ever becoming repetitive. They launch the single officially in the East Side Tavern Thursday 30th August.
You Can Run, You Can Hide
Barry Devine is a new, Dublin-based artist with a no frills attitude when it comes to his songwriting. His single You Can Run, You Can Hide is pure indie-rock perfection and comes with an endearing video composed of vintage, black & white cartoon clips.
Ophelia is the second track on electro-acoustic artist Mark Richard’s debut EP Like Poetry. The track fuses sonic elements of folk and electronic music with afrobeat rhythms to form a unique and pacific instrumental track. Listen to this when you’re driving down an open road late at night.
Bittersweet is the latest release from Mayo-born, Dublin-based electro-pop act Lydia Ford. Pitched vocoders and slow, sweeping filters compliment Ford’s fore-frontal vocal, all contributing to the overarching slick electronic finish of the track.
Accidents In The Workplace
The One You Love
‘The One That You Love; is a really feel-good song, suitable for the close of the summer. The track is the first release from Louth’s Accidents In The Workplace since their 2017 EP Wake Up. The song is brimming with bashful optimism, “Come on, let’s shout it, I’m gonna be the one you love,” they sing.
Same As You Used To Be
Dubin rapper Bobby Basil was a formerly member of Dah Jevu, and has been releasing music as a solo artist for just over two years now. His latest track ‘ Same As You Used To Be’ follows a string of single releases over the past few months including ‘I Don’t Get Enough’ which we premiered here in June. The track boasts smooth hip beats and glitchy synths with a universally relatable narrative about re-kindling a lost friendship. Bobby recommends that you “bump this track when your riding shotgun with your girl on a weeknight”, promising that “it will do you wonders“. Test this and get back to us?