Harry Bookless and Aaron Page’s Carriages project takes field recordings and weaves them into songs that sound organic, quaint and transformative at the same time.
The Carriages project is the perfect start for independent promoter Homebeat’s new label arm as they are at the cross section of HB boss Emmet Condon’s musical interests and they have been regular features at Homebeat gigs.
Plucked instruments and rhythmic sounds create a charming bed for these songs to exist and for Page’s deep voice to soar amidst the space and playful energy of Bookless’ productions. These songs are little beauts – the sound of pottering and pleasure in one electronic folk package. Listen here:
As much as creating any artistic statement, I try to approach putting on shows as a genuine reflection of my own tastes – so in essence curating each show with the hope that it works artistically primarily. Carriages are really the perfect amalgamation of my own musical tastes which jump from softly picked folk all the way to electronica and techno, and hence the absolutely perfect note on which to start our output as a label. The complex simplicity of Harry’s found-sound based, organic production style is the perfect foil for the beautiful timbre of Aaron’s voice – the richness of which carries the truth of his heart as it weaves its way through his heartfelt songwriting. There is a warmth, a genuineness, and an ingenuity in Carriage’s music that embodies everything that I hope Homebeat stands for. The ‘Movement’ EP bursts into life with the glorious strains of ‘Darts’ and then swells though the curious Searchlight, the thoughtful lines of Hardest Mile, a shimmering Interlude, before softly whispering out with Tired Love.
Having worked together on numerous shows, festivals, a small Irish tour, and having talked about it for a long time – it has always seemed to make sense that Homebeat and Carriages are the perfect vehicle for each other’s endeavours – we are so delighted to share the wonderful work that is Carriages’ new ‘Movement’ EP with you. The dream continues, let’s see what comes next. Emmet, Harry & Aaron.
The Irish independent promoter Homebeat has added a record label to their suite of festival and gig offerings.
True to form, the new record label Homebeat Presents will showcase new Irish and International acts and the first release comes from folk electronic found-sound duo Carriages, with the Movement EP to be released on vinyl on September 30th in The Fumbally Stables, followed by a release by Let’s Set Sail in late November.
Says Homebeat’s Emmet Condon of the label:
I would love to say there is a very thought out plan for all of this, but in truth the drive behind the idea has very much emerged through a few hazy late night conversations with some acts and artists who have become close friends though our musical adventures together.
It seems to me that so many amazing Irish artists pour their hearts and souls into creating singular pieces of musical work, only for it to dissolve into the air with a single click or the odd download, so it’s my hope that Homebeat Presents… will add a little extra colour to the story of their creation, and in reaching some of the many people we have had through our various doors in our 6 years of doing this, that we might just spread the gospel of their music a little further.
Beyond that there is no great ambition here, I just believe in the music and the artistry that is abounding on this island right now and I want to try to help to shine a further light on it in any small way we can. Some things are not about ambition and success, sometimes it’s just about working with your friends to try to do something worthwhile, and if it goes somewhere beyond that, well then that’s a bonus.
Californian-based Australian singer-songwriter and indie musician Hazel English makes hypnagogic indie pop music that comes from a place of guitar band roots. The 25 year-old has a debut EP coming on Marathon Artists/Canvasback in October and following on from the impressive title track, I’m Fine’ is a song about anxiety (“For most of my life I’ve felt a sharp uncertainty/ Now it’s just become a part of me.’) that is shimmering and summery in delivery.
See also: ‘Never Going Home’
Carriages – Moving Parts
The Irish folktronica duo create magic from found objects.
Harry Bookless and Aaron Page’s brand of field-recorded folktronica makes for a unique rhythm. ‘Moving Parts/ was made from some interesting sources: drain pipes, gravel, puddles, branches and a starter melody that features Harry’s three year-old nephew Alex singing. it’s wrapped up in a lush tune that nods to Bronksi Beat while sounding like Four Tet.
Thundercat – ‘Bus In These Streets’
A breezy 70s-style song about modern technology.
Thundercat has grown in stature recently, for his work with Kendrick Lamar and his own tunes like ‘Them Changes’.
‘Bus In These Streets’ is a song that sounds like a breezy 70s TV theme but is actually about technological dependence in the 21st century. It’s also a bit yacht-rock in tone.
The song is a once-off single out now that also features Louis Cole (keyboards, drums, programming); and Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus (programming, editing).
Phillipi & Rodrigo – ‘Mantra’
Soulwax’s label DeeWee is essential listening these days.
As proven by this recent Beats 1 show, Soulwax are well and truly back to the top of their game. Their label DeeWee has knocked out killer tunes by Emmanuelle, Bolis Popul, Asa Moto and Phillipi and Rodrigo, a Sao Paolo duo. Their first release ‘Gueto De Gent’ featured a Twin Peaks reference and here, the pair build up a mantric percussive electronic groove.
Another Love Story proved itself to be one of the best little festivals going last year courtesy of Homebeat/Happenings with its manor setting, ballroom, living room gigs, cinema, woodlands and lawn hangouts among the appeal.
It returns to Killyon Manor, Kinnegad, Co. Meath from Friday 19th August to Sunday 21st August and it’s just let loose some of its plans.
Music wise, we’re talking:
Slow Moving Clouds
Robert John Ardiff
& more tba
Another Love Story organisers Homebeat and Happenings will announce their first international act later in the summer.
DJs, more names, The Shift Shack, Talks, Walks, Yoga, Qui Gong, Theatre, Roland’s Cinema D’amour, Glitteration Station, The Cosmic Canopy, The Love Summit, The Deepest Darkest, Woods Stage, The Teenage Crush, The Library, The Parlour Room & more are also lined up and to be revealed.
with standard camping are:
Early Bird: €95 [SOLD OUT] Regular: €125 Last Throes: €140 (Late bookers & price on door for weekend, if available): €160
Harry Bookless and Aaron Page, known as Carriages, were a regular fixture on Dublin music lineup in 2014 and early 2015, since they debuted with their wonderful single ‘Roots’, a folk and electronic mix using field recordings in its process.
Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to ‘Like A Child’, the newest song released by the pair, after a year spent primarily writing and recording songs.
True to form, the percussion on the song comes from a recording of flower pots and a garden sweeping brush, and the track itself was Bookless and Page attempting to keeping things bare – a falsetto repeating the title and synth notes keep things rolling into a hypnotic space, filled with longing and lost love.
‘Like A Child’ will be released on the 23rd of March on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and all other online shops. It will be followed on the 30th of March with a remix by Bantum.
Independent promoter Homebeat took over an office on Lennox Street and over the last few months, they’ve been offering coffee (Full Circle Roasters by Brian Birdy ☕️ 👏) out of the space downstairs called Thirty Four.
As part of that space, Emmett has just announced a series of Saturday afternoon gigs starting this week, that returns to their house/small show roots.
Having recently revealed some of the smaller goings on at the festival on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle including Wonderlust, Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns Theatre, Body Holidays 1970’s style holiday camp, Pagoda Stage, Port Royal Jamaican village and more, today Body & Soul revealed Tree Haus, a new stage curated by Homebeat for the festival on the summer solstice weekend of June 19th to 21st.
Focusing on the best of contemporary Irish music and culture, you can expect performances from My Tribe Your Tribe, Buffalo Woman, Carriages, Planet Parade, Liza Flume, Ghosts, Slowplacelikehome, Hilary Woods, Skelocrats, Little Xs For Eyes, Elephant, Hare Squead, Bantum, Nubus, Justin Grounds & Pearse McGloughlin (Idiot Songs), Sea Legs (Ciaran Lavery x Ryan Vail), Hare Squead, Nova Collective, Feather and Ben Bix, Participant, I Have A Tribe, Nubus, Margie Lewis, SignA, Idiot Songs, Skelocrats, Tomorrows, Taste DJs, Somadrone, Lyttet, Leo Drezden and Lasertom.
Also featuring on that stage, kicking off the Saturday and Sunday will be Vinyl Love, where DJs and musicians alike will be playing selections from their 7″ collection.
Homebeat’s Fading Light festival returns for this year from Friday October 24th to Monday October 27th in Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry “between the mountains and the sea, on the weekend that bridges the shortening light and the impending darkness”.
Split into light and dark, Fading Light by day features Owen Dwyer’s Running Technique Workshop, Beach Yoga, Surf Lessons, Emso & Dave’s Adventure Cycle, Righteous Verse, YARN Storytelling and Fred Talks. Most of those events are free.
By night, the music in The Blind Piper will feature sets from Chequerboard, BANTUM, Carriages, Lyttet, SignA, Martha Rose (Berlin) & more. The gig space is very small so tickets are limited. Tickets from €24.
A new site with an emphasis on photography portraits of upcoming musicians, Unmade in Ireland is the work of photographer Gregory Nolan, writer Katie Dwyer and music blogger Amelia Conophy.
Unmade in Ireland, in their own words: “tells the story of the bands who haven’t made it yet,” focusing on artists who have been largely self-released. Included so far are the likes of Carriages, Liza Flume, Bantum, Sive, Rocstrong, Biggles Flys Again and more. More of this please. Here’s a preview but hit the site to see all the photos and interviews:
Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.
500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).
Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.
A Lazarus Soul Acrobat Affleck Arborist Atriums Benihana Benny smiles Brian Casey Buffalo Sunn Buffalo Woman Carriages Carried By Waves Cfit Ciaran Lavery Cloud Castle Lake Clu Codai Color Sound Columbia Mills Conor Walsh Contour Deaf Joe Dear Desert Death In The Sickroom Dogs Dott DVO Marvell Eamon bode Elaine Mai Elastic Sleep Elephant Eoin Dolan Fallen Rule Floor Staff Florence Olivier Frankenstein Bolts Galants Ghost Estates God Knows + mynameisjOhn Grim Hags Hare Squead Hauer Hawk His New Atlas Hugh Hick I have a tribe I’m Your Vinyl Imploded View Jet Setter Kobina Kormac little xs for eyes Liza Flume Low Sea Maija Sofia Maud in Cahoots Me & My Dog Me Auld Flower Meltybrains? Mere Moths MKAI moossmann Myles Manley Neon Atlas Old Hannah Otherkin Paddy Hanna Participant Planet Parade Princess Red Queen Contest Replete Satori Je Silences Sisters Skelocrats Sleep Mc Evox Somerville Spies Subplots Tell No Foxx The Academic The Bedroom The Black Sea Fleet The Boxing Plot The Clameens The Debutantes The Hard Ground The Late David Turpin The Loafing Heroes The Magpies The Pale The Run Ons The Shaker Hymn The Statics The Vincent(s) Tino Ras Val Normal Vann Music Voids Walpurgis Family Wild Promises Yes Cadets
The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.
The Nialler9 TXFM show` airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Last night’s show featuring 22 brand new tracks in indie, electronic, rap, R&B and dance.
Having impressed at Hard Working Class Heroes last year with their experimental off-filter folk and electronic songs, Carriages, the duo of Harry Bookless and Aaron Page have built up a reputation locally in Dublin as a fine live act.
Their music often takes in field recordings captured around the city (parks, museums, concert halls and coastlines) rather than some remote wild location.
Their new double A-side single, takes it first step forward with ‘Roots’ (‘Significant Landscapes’ is the other track). It’s their most direct track yet, a suitably clip clopping rhythm and synth stabs swell towards the chorus of Page singing “roots run deeper when we play / roots grow high when we lay,” which despite the recordings of the metropolis, firmly place the song in a more pastoral setting.
Carriages will launch their single in The Fumbally Café in Dublin with support from Maria Somerville and John Cummins Poetician (July 4th / €8), before embarking on an unusual Wild Atlantic Irish tour with the help of Homebeat. The single is released on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp on July 2nd.
The Outhouse is an LGBT resource centre on Capel Street in Dublin there to support those in the LGBT community, and for the third year in a row, a team of musicians and artists have co-oped Record Store Day, another day of community to bring both the communities of music and Outhouse together under the name Record Store Gay.
From noon on Saturday, Outhouse will host a series of bands who have provided tracks for the third Record Store Gay compilation including Kate’s Party, I Heart The Monster Hero, Patrick Kelleher, French Bird, The Late David Turpin, Gar Cox, Sleep Thieves, Lo Fires and many more. The mini music festival will continue later at PantiBar from 6pm – 10:30 on Capel St.
Donations will be accepted towards Outhouse where there will be a popup record stall and the compilation will also be for sale in local record shops for the day that’s in it.
But first, you can have an exclusive listen to the compilation which features Le Galaxie covering Visage’s ‘Fade To Grey’, Kate’s Party cover No Doubt’s ‘Just A Girl, Swimmers’ covering Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman’, Cave Ghosts’ covering Kylie’s ‘Come Into My World’, Stephen Quinn’s ukelele cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Talking Bout A Revolution’, Crayonsmith tackling Lykke Li’s ‘I Follow Rivers’, Carriages reworking Madonna, I Heart The Monster Hero honouring Queen and more. Listen here:
There’s also a video for White Sage’s John Maus cover of ‘Rights For Gays’: