Dara Smith is one half of Lakker but his latest project Arad takes a lighter electronic tone. An entire EP is now out called The Glimpse and the title track is a good indicator of where Smith is at, with a glitchy Actress-esque synth electronic composition. The EP overall digs deeper in tone and beat than that, sometimes approaching industrial yet it remains bright.
Meltybrains? – Sensivity
This is the second release of a promised 12 this year from Meltybrains? as a follow on from ‘Horizon’. Here they show off their sensitive side as the name suggests with the stripped back, soul-reaching and melodious ‘Sensitivity’.
Housewife – Deep Me
‘Deep Me’ is the debut single from multi-instrumentalist Oisín Tarrant or Housewife from his self-titled debut album which is out on May 4th. The first single has an 80s psychedelic-pop sound with varying vocals pitches.
Sea Pinks – Run & Run
‘Run & Run’ is Belfast guitar pop group Sea Pinks first release as a duo following the departure of Steven Henry. The track presents an upbeat and joyous depiction of spring with eclectic jazzy elements intertwined throughout.
Bobby Basil – Alright
Dubin rapper Bobby Basil has been establishing a name for himself as a solo artist (his last track with Major Graves is fire) in the current Irish hip-hop for the past two years following his departure from Dah Jevu. His latest release ‘Alright’ is layered with laid back hypnotic textures and deep low end.
Messyng – Bodies
Messyng are a new Cork-based group made up by Kerry natives Donagh Sugrue, Danny O’Shea and JJ Lee. ‘Bodies’ is a follow-on single from their debut EP Erotic Fiction which came out earlier this year. The song is a slow burning atmospheric indie-electro track with infectiously soothing qualities.
Owen Denvir – Human Touch
Folk-pop singer-songwriter Owen Denvir‘s new single Human Touch is layered with multiple feel-good elements of atmospheric electric guitar, light synth sounds and a harmonious vocal melody.
Sea Pinks, the Belfast guitar pop trio spearheaded by Neil Brogan, on guitar and vocals, Steven Henry on bass and Davey Agnew on drums continue their forays into creating good time guitar vibes with flecks of surf-rock and specks of outsider power pop. But as Neil says, those references aren’t the whole story.
“We’re often typecast as being a particular thing, be it surf or jangle-pop or whatever, which can be reductive. The songs are the thing with us.”
Watercourse is their sixth album in seven years since 2010, and is a game of two halves, from bright to more urgent sounds.
“The songs on side one are all about movement,” says Brogan. They are dreamy and more upbeat. Side two is more about being static, whether it’s a fixed place or a moment in time. They are more urgent sounding and a little more bittersweet.”
Tour Dates: 25 May – Rosin Dubh, Galway 26 May – The Grand Social, Dublin 29 May – Bush Hall, London 31 May – Supersonic, Paris 1 Jun – Bar Hic, Rennes 2 Jun – DIY Cafe, Lille 3 Jun – De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam 4 Jun – Coin Aux Etoiles, Mons 5 Jun – Gruner Jager, Hamburg 6 Jun – Internet Explorer, Berlin 7 Jun – Kunstkeller, Furth 8 Jun – Schuur, Lucerne 9 Jan – Hirscheneck, Basel 10 Jun – Le Salopard, Biel 11 Jun – Handmade Festival, Guastalla 17 Jun – Black Box, Belfast
How to enter free entry comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
Cruising, whose members are split between Dublin and Belfast and contain members of bands Sea Pinks, Logikparty, Girls Names & September Girls, are to release their debut EP on Tough Love Records on August 14th.
‘Safe Corridor’ is our first taste from the five-track EP, built on a razor-sharp bassline and sharper guitars with former Logikparty singer Benni Johnson providing the vocals.
The band’s name is inspired by the film of the same name by William Friedkin starring Al Pacino who spends his time going undercover in gay S&M clubs to hunt a killer.
The EP coming in August will be available on 100 hot pink vinyl 12″. it was recorded in Guerilla Studios in Dublin and and mixed at Start Together in Belfast.
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Neil Brogan returns with some news of a new Sea Pinks album today. Dreaming Tracks is the latest album coming from him on September 29th, on shell-pink vinyl and digitally on CF Records. It’s the first Sea Pinks album which was recorded in a studio with a full-band, at Start Together in Belfast.
The band consists of Davey Agnew on drums and Steven Henry on bass. Jonny Agnew also plays cello on this first single ‘Dream Happening’, a superior jangle-pop track.
His last album as Sea Pinks was 2012’s excellent Freak Waves.
Sea Pinks is Neil Brogan’s main concern now that he’s stepped away from Girls Names. That means more sun-kissed indie guitar-pop on the way after last year’s excellent Freak Waves album. First up is a new double A-sided single ‘Exploded View’/’Magpies Eyes’ limited to 100 copies on 7″. The digital EP expands to an EP with four tracks in total. The 7″ on CF Records also comes with a screen-printed artwork by Lucy Jones. Great deal, great track. Buy the 7″.
A roundup of 14 tracks not previously featured here that have been getting the new music veins pumping in the last seven days. These tracks are the besttracks not already featured on the site in the last week that popped up on my radar and left an impression in the last week or have appeared elsewhere. The Best New Music Weekly playlist will be posted every Wednesday.
We promise a podcast every month in 2013. It’s our new blog resolution. Here’s the first of the year and the forty-second Podcast in the series. Aoife Mc and I talk about, and play some of my favourite tunes of the last few months. Artwork inspired by Frank B’s ‘Chain Of Fools’ as heard on this episode.
A jangle-pop lyric video introduces us to ‘A Pattern Recognition’, the first song taken from Sea Pinks (Girls Names’ Neil) third album, Freak Waves released on 3rd September on CF Records on 12″ vinyl. ‘