Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail has released the video for his latest track ‘Breaking Minds’ from his album Distorted Shadows which came out last month via Quiet Arch.

The video was directed by A. D. Kuribayashi and was the winner of the best music video award at Corks First Cut Film Festival 2018.

Ryan Vail plays the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on May 19th. Tickets priced at €8 are available from Ticketsolve.com or €10 on the door.

Posted on May 15th, 2018

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Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail has remixed ‘Boy From The Blue’ which is the latest single from Donegal singer-songwriter Eve Belle.

“‘Boy From The Blue’ was inspired by that sense of surreal giddiness that comes with being infatuated with someone new when the lines between physical things and emotions become a bit blurred and there are symbols everywhere, that we like to read meanings into.” – Eve Belle

The remix electrifies the tracks opening up space for further emotion to seep through.

Eve Belle plays The Project Arts Centre this Friday April 13th. Tickets priced at €10+ are available from Ticketmaster.ie.

Posted on April 12th, 2018

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In celebration of World Piano Day which is today, Ryan Vail has released new track ‘Distorting’ from his album Distorted Shadows out on April 20th.

The video was produced by Seattle based artist and poet Hexxr and features model Mia Librium and violinist Racheal Boyd and explores the connections between the human body, movement and light.

“The track sits in a very delicate part of my album, surrounded by heavy electronic tracks. As the piano is such an expressive instrument, I wanted to use it in this part of the album to show as much emotion as possible in a minimal format. Accompanied by Rachael and Laura’s strings it’s hard not to feel the intensity.” – Ryan Vail

His album launch takes place tonight Thursday March 29th at D-light studios with Wastefellow & Lilla Vargen. Tickets priced at €9+ are available from Eventbrite.ie.

Posted on March 29th, 2018

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Glasdrum have announced that Saint Sister and Ryan Vail will be performing at St John The Baptist Church, Drumcondra on Friday, April 27th as part of New Sounds In An Old Place.

Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty make up the atmosfolk duo Saint Sister. They are one of the nine Irish acts heading to SXSW this month. Their debut album is set for release this year.

Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail has been releasing music since 2012. His debut solo album For Every Silence came out in 2016, he has also collaborated with artists such as Ciaran Lavery and Jealous Of The Birds. His second album Distorted Shadows is out on April 20th.

Tickets for the New Sounds In An Old Place gig priced at €22+ are on sale this Wednesday March 7 via Eventbrite.

Tickets can also be purchased at Cregan Library at DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra. (Cash only)

Posted on March 6th, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

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The Altered Hours – Over The Void

Cork-based five-piece band Altered Hours are signed to Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre’s label A Recordings Ltd. ‘Over The Void’ is a hazy psychedelic-rock track that will set you in a reverie.


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Beauty Sleep – The Falling Back

Belfast Three-piece indie-pop band Beauty Sleep’s latest release ‘The Falling Back’ is dreamy electro-pop track with graceful harmonies.


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Kojaque – White Noise

Dublin rapper Kojaque revealed the first track from his Deli Daydreams project on label Soft Boy Records earlier in the year which follows the life of a deli worker over eight tracks. His latest release ‘White Noise’ is dedicated to the poet and musician Paul Curran.


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Ryan Vail – As It Tears

This is the second release from Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail’s Distorted Shadows album which is out this April. ‘As It Tears’ is a deep-electronica vibe track with haunting vocals.

His album launch takes place at Dlight Studios on March 29th presented by Homebeat. Tickets priced at €9+ are available from Eventbrite.ie.


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Outsider YP – Just Us

Outsider YP is a hip-hop artist based in Cork City and his new track ‘Just Us’ is a tale of jealousy and being ignored by a crush or potential lover. The track is the lead single from his EP Sadboy Ultra which will be released later this year.


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Rebekah Fitch – A Love So Crazy

Northern Irish alternative-pop singer Rebekah Fitch’s latest track from her new EP Broken Mind deals with in-depth issues such as psychological turmoil and discovering love. The track is infused with powerful vocals throughout that evoke emotions equally as strong.


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Search Party Animal – Get Hitched

Formerly known as Bagels, the now four-piece Search Party Animal released their debut single ‘Evergreen’ last year. ‘Get Hitched’ is the latest release from them and sticks to their acquired upbeat experimental electro sound.

They play Whelan’s on March 9th. Tickets priced at €15+ are available from Ticketmaster.ie.


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All The Luck In The World – Contrails

This is the latest release from Wicklow natives Neil Foot, Peter Kelly, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr or All The Luck In The World from their album A Blind Arcade which is out this Friday, February 23rd.

They play The Workman’s Club on April 19th.


Posted on February 22nd, 2018

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Homebeat are back with a string of live shows for their Spring 2018 programme.

Gigs include:

Christian Loffler, Ensemble at The Sugar Club on February 21st – (Sold Out, limited number of tickets on the door)
Mount Alaska (Live) at Fumbally Stables on March 9th – Tickets priced at €13+ from Eventbrite.
Stimming, Lambert at The Sugar Club on March 14th- Ticket priced at €22+ from Eventbrite
Ryan Vail Album Launch at Dlight Studios on March 29th – Tickets priced at €8+ from Eventbrite.
Carlos Cipa, Occupanther at the Bello Bar on April 5th – Tickets priced at €13+ from Eventbrite.

Posted on February 15th, 2018

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Northern Irish singer-songwriter Lilla Vargen has shared a live video of ‘Hold On’, performed with Ryn Vail. The song was featured on Nialler9’s top Irish songs of 2017.

The video was recorded at Attic Studios in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal directed by Brendan Canty with cinematography by Colm Hogan and Roman Bugovski.

Posted on December 20th, 2017

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Talos’ Wild Alee album is among the best Irish albums released this year thanks to Eoin French’s falsetto-leading slow-moving anthemic songs.

‘Voices’ is to be the final single from the album, and it’s also the release’s final celebratory song.

Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail (who himself has a new track below) has remixed the song and added a quieter more intimate AFX-esque shade to things.

Both the original and remix videos were made by Kevin McGloughlin and Brendan Canty.

Here’s the video in its original state with the song.

Also Ryan Vail released a new track this week and video for ‘Shadows’

Talos UK tour dates

01.10 communion, notting hill arts club, london
02.10 golden slippers, blacks, london
03.10 brudenell social club, leeds
04.10 waiting room, london (support: ryan vail – sold out)
05.10 rockwood music hall, new york (stage 2)

Posted on September 28th, 2017

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The Northern Irish singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside will release Ephrata his album conceived and inspired by Columbia and its music tomorrow (Friday). ‘Blood Drive’ has an undeniable José Gonzalez feel to it and Derry producer Ryan Vail augments that the track with texture and ambience with his take.

Now in this video for the remix, shot in Berlin by Joe Wright, the song serves as a backdrop to a clip that “deals with the theme of anxiety focused on social breakdown and fear of impending doom for society.”

Ephrata is out tomorrow on Quiet Arch Records.
He plays Dublin on June 15th at Bellobar, as part of Nialler9 and Homebeat’s Future Proof gig series.

Posted on May 4th, 2017

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Northern Ireland’s only three-day music and arts festival Sunflowerfest has announced its first acts headed for Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough from 28th – 30th July 2017.

Under the theme of A Parallel Universe, the following acts are playing:

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Rubber Bandits
  • King Kong Company
  • Beans on Toast
  • Electric Swing Circus
  • Le Galaxie
  • Malojian
  • Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
  • OR:LA
  • Ryan Vail
  • Too Many T’s
  • Ben Cutler
  • Brién
  • Chinooq & Stayin Low
  • Chris Hanna
  • Chris Keys
  • Citizen Nobody
  • Clockwork
  • CM88
  • Collate
  • Cursed Sun
  • Damola
  • Daz
  • Decomposing in Paris
  • Dream Awake
  • Electric Octopus
  • Emma Lou & The Agenda
  • Farah Elle
  • GRAND
  • Henry Cluney Band
  • Jason Young
  • JC Williams
  • Jika Jika!
  • Lavengro
  • Le Boom
  • Lock Horns
  • Montauk Hotel
  • Mr Mur
  • Oh Boland
  • Paper Dogs
  • Petty Youth
  • Ponyhawke
  • R51
  • Roisin El Cherif
  • School of Rock
  • Single by Sunday
  • Stormzone
  • The Crawling
  • Themm
  • Twisted Sisters
  • Ubblahkan
  • Warriors of the Dystoteque
  • Zlatanera

Sunflowerfest has gained a reputation as a fine independent music festival and features 6 stages of music, interactive arts and some of the finest food NI has to offer (Boojum and more) – all while keeping a close check on environmental impact – via eco-friendly camping options including 100% recyclable, pre-pitched cardboard tents (weighing a sturdy sixteen kilograms sothey won’t blow away).

Tickets

Tickets for Sunflowerfest start at just £74.95 (includes 2 children, aged 15 and under) and £64.95 for students. Additional bands, artists, and activities will be announced via Sunflowerfest’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Notes to Editors:
Online Ticket Portal – Paylogic
https://sunflowerfest.co.uk/tickets/

The theme of A Parallel Universe means a focus on futurism with festival organiser Micgael Magowan saying:

“Since 2002, over 7000 native trees including beech, birch, ash, alder, willow, hazel, and oak have been planted on-site. “The festival’s electronic music venue ‘The Moot’ and the festivals picturesque Pond Stage were crafted 5-years ago from renewable pine logs.

 We strive to foster a sense of community and connection both during the festival and at Tubby’s Farm generally. While visiting the festival, people from all walks of life can enjoy yoga, meditation, interactive and educational workshops as well as inspirational talks from individuals who share creative and eco-friendly interests. We’re proud to share our home in the countryside – a collective, beautiful, piece of heaven on earth. We are just the caretakers for the generations to come. 
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Posted on March 20th, 2017

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A few weeks ago, Jealous Of The Birds singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton teamed up with Derry electronic composer Ryan Vail on the square-waved ‘Love Is A Crow’.

As part of the EP package out Friday, The Cyclist alongside Die Hexen has remixed the track. Here’s the first listen of The Cyclist textured beat and bass-focused remix of Ryan Vail & Jealous Of The Bird’s ‘Love Is A Crow’:

Ryan Vail plays an A/V BYOB show with Homebeat in DLight Studios on Thursday evening in Dublin alongside Hvmmingbyrd and Wastefellow.

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

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Derry electronic composer Ryan Vail released a fine debut album inspired by a home piano last year. Naomi Hamilton AKA Jealous Of The Birds released an underappreciated album of alt, indie pop and folk.

On ‘Love Is A Crow’, a square-waved rhythm forms the foundation for a collaboration that takes in beat poetry and Hamilton’s sweet melody lines.

Both artists are playing Output this February 16th in Belfast, while both artists are playing SXSW. Ryan has a Dublin show with Homebeat.

Love is a Crow” Tracklisting

1 Love is a Crow – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
2 Love is a Crow (Instr) – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
3 Love is a Crow – The Cyclist Remix – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
4 Love is a Crow – DIE HEXEN Remix – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail

Posted on January 25th, 2017

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Following on from the brittle brooding ‘Wounds’, Derry’s Ryan Vail has dropped a new track from next week’s release of his debut For Every Silence album for preview.

Taking the two songs so far and Vail’s previous solo discography (3 EPs), we’re operating in whispered minimal electronic mode here. ‘Mirrors’ rides on an almost subliminal beat, and utilises a very old piano explained below. Vail’s hushed tones anchor these disparate minimal sounds.

For Every Silence is, in ways,  89 years in the making, because of a piano utilised in the recording, which was originally made in England in 1927 before being shipped to Derry and used by Ryan’s wife Katie’s family. The piano was restored and plays a central part in the album.

Also on the album are guests violinist Rachael Boyd, Seattle poet Hexxr, singer Eoin O’Callaghan (aka Best Boy Grip), Ryan’s partner Katie who plays flute and sings (and plays live with Ryan) and a “recording of a rousing speech by her uncle, the late Joe Cosgrove, a prominent doctor and peace campaigner in Derry, and the original owner of the piano”.

Posted on March 24th, 2016

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Derry-based musician Ryan Vail’s output last year was largely taken up with his collaborative project with Ciaran Lavery as Sea Legs.

For 2016, Vail is returning to the electronic world that he inhabits as a solo musician.

His debut solo album For Every Silence coming in March 25th (to Pledgemusic funders) and April 1st (Quiet Arch/Believe Recordings), the presser goes, is 89 years in the making, because of a piano utilised in the recording, which was originally made in England in 1927 before being shipped to Derry and used by Ryan’s wife Katie’s family. The piano was restored and plays a central part in the album.

Also on the album are guests violinist Rachael Boyd, Seattle poet Hexxr, singer Eoin O’Callaghan (aka Best Boy Grip), Ryan’s partner Katie who plays flute and sings (and plays live with Ryan) and a “recording of a rousing speech by her uncle, the late Joe Cosgrove, a prominent doctor and peace campaigner in Derry, and the original owner of the piano”.

The album’s first shared track ‘Wounds’ is a prickly synthesizer song of ambience and hushed vocals that doesn’t reveal too much of the piano to come.

Vail says the song is “about a piano who wants to be played but is ignored in his own room, the previous owner was a radio enthusiast so this explains the radio sample. It’s one of the most electronic tracks on the album.”

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

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As they did with Leo Drezden, Smalltown America hosted a performance from Sea Legs, Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail’s project that produced a short EP which evokes and is inspired by the Donegal coast.

As the EP is quite short, the pair performed a cover of SOAK’s ‘Sea Creatures’ as part of the set. Check out it below along with two video performances from the set.

The live set is available in HQ lossless formats via Independentmusic.com until 15th June.

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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