The 10 nominees for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize album of the year will perform at this year ceremony which takes place at Vicar Street on Thursday March 8th.

Nominees and performers include:
  • Come On Live Long
  • Marlene Enright
  • Fangclub
  • Lankum
  • James Vincent McMorrow
  • New Jackson
  • Otherkin
  • Fionn Regan
  • Ships
  • Talos

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event on March 8th in Vicar Street are available from Ticketmaster and priced €28 plus fees.

Posted on February 7th, 2018


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Smithwick’s 10° West in Achill is a New Year’s Eve experience offering something different for your NYE.

Spend time on the Mayo island for the turn of the year, with yoga, cycling and hiking in the daytime and music in the evening in the heated Keel tent curated by Homebeat with:

Accommodation on the island is basically gone at this point but there are people who accommodation (sold separately) and no tickets, this is for you.

To enter the competition for two tickets – sign up to the mailing list AND email [email protected] with 10 Degrees West as the headline. You must be a member of the mailing list and have emailed to be eligible. The draw happens on Friday morning and the winner will be contacted then.

Posted on December 19th, 2017


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2017 Best of | Best songs | Best albums | Irish albums | Irish songs | Club tracks | Guest selections

Here are my 25 favourite Irish albums from 2017 whittled down from a shortlist of 40 or so. Number 1 was a surefire since I heard it earlier this year but there were a few late addition entries released in the last few months that made it near the top.

Tower Records


Otherkin – OK

It’s increasingly hard to stand out in rock music in 2017 beyond genre die-hards and Otherkin are the pick of the Irish bunch when it comes to old-fashioned guitar music (though Fangclub and Gypsies On The Autobahn came close). There’s not much radical at play here – these are catchy very well-produced rock’n’roll songs you’d imagine could soundtrack an ad with ease.


Fionn Regan

Five years since his last full-length and it sounds like time away has left Fionn Regan with a renewed sense of purpose. The Meetings Of The Waters feels like a stepping stone to a new path for Regan. Ditching the Dylan-influence completely, the album largely features meditative spacious folk music that sustains quietly like smouldering embers and a centrepiece of three tracks with more layered rock music-style songs.


Having moved from pensive singer-songwriter to elegiac composer/songwriter a few albums ago, the Galway artist Crowley has transitioned once again, with the help of The Gloaming’s Thomas Bartlett who produced Dark Eyed Messenger. Barlett counselled Crowley to make the album without his trusted guitar. He obliged and the results sound utterly beguiling.


The Gloaming fiddle player’s latest project saw him convene in an 18th century house in Bantry with frequent collaborator Dennis Cahill (guitars) and New Yorkers Doug Wieselman (bass clarinet, Anthony & The Johnsons and Laurie Anderson) and Liz Knowles (hardanger d’amore), with a fire going at both sides of The Blue Room (the album is called after it) and the quartet’s recording process involved playing each traditional piece repeatedly and allowing something different to emerge in the process. Another worthy inclusion from a master.


Keith Mannion’s SPLH project has morphed from bedroom electronic solo endeavour to a full live band in recent years and this year’s album When I See You…Ice Cream! on Strange Brew Rekkids is an affirmation of his new inclusive ethos. It may have still been recorded in his Donegal bedroom but appearances from Whipping Boy’s Fearghal McKee, Gaze Is Ghost offers contrast to Mannion’s own wobblyevoice on a playful and lo-fi-leaning album.


Dublin experimental veterans’ sixth studio long-player takes them deeper,darker and longer. Written in 2015 as a single longform piece for a once-off performance in Dublin’s now-defunct Joinery venue, Tough Love is a diptych of 20 plus minute tracks of dense krautrock dystopian synth-dirge dramatics.

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Posted on December 12th, 2017


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In my opinion, the best New Year’s Eve celebrations are the ones that take out to somewhere new, away from the norm and away from huge crowds.

So Smithwick’s 10° West is a perfect opportunity to do just that. Smithwick’s is putting on an alternative celebration for those who are looking for something different to do with their New Year’s Eve and it involves spending time on the beautiful Achill Island in Mayo.

Homebeat has curated a lineup of music that includes our own Lumo Club, Daithi, Talos, Stomptown Brass and Sing Along Social by night in the heated Keel tent. There will also be acoustic and pop-up performances in the pubs too.

By day, there is yoga, cycling and hiking hosted by Pure Magic.

Tickets are priced from €45 which includes two daytime activities, access to the Keel tent and a complimentary pint of Smithwick’s. Accommodation is separate to the ticket fee but B&Bs, holiday homes, guesthouses and hotels are available.

Posted on November 16th, 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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Other Voices, the TV show that takes place in the remote town of Dingle in Kerry has been spreading its wings to include festivals like Electric Picnic, cities like London and Austin and beyond in recent years.

In July, the show took itself to Berlin for the first time (recap here) and among the performers was Cork-based Talos who released a fine debut album earlier this year.

Above you can watch Talos perform ‘In Time’ for the OV cameras.

Posted on August 22nd, 2017



TalosWild Alee album is one of the best Irish releases of the year. Eoin French’s debut is filled with beautifully-scaped anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar, synths and drums.Bringing it all together is the supple falsetto of the man himself, a brittle, powerful voice that can move between engulfing glacial shades and warm tones. A track by track is also on Nialler9.

Yesterday, Talos released a Feel Good Lost-directed video for ‘This Is Us Colliding’ shot in the Burren which you can see below. Today, I’m premiering the remix of previous single ‘Contra’ by beat producer and blog favourite Star Slinger.

Talos Live dates:

05.08 Indiependence, Cork
24.08 Clonakilty Guitar Fest
03.10 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
04.10 Waiting Room, London

Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost on the video.

“For this video it was important to introduce the Talos band. It has become such an integral part of Talos and so it was important to capture that whilst keeping things in the same cinematic and abstract world created for Talos so far. “The Irish landscape has been such a big inspiration behind the music and the visuals. And we were fascinated by the idea of the uncanny – finding the unusual in the ordinary. Twisting and distorting landscapes into something unsettling.”

Posted on July 20th, 2017

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Following events in London, NYC and Austin, Other Voices travelled to Berlin last week for its first German excursion as part of Tech Open Air interdisciplinary festival. The evening took place in Kreuzberg’s renowned Riverside Studios, just a stone’s throw away from the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. The studio is the working environs for over twenty musicians including Booka Shade, Pan Pot and Victor Van Vugt.

Other Voices Berlin was kickstarted by Talos‘ aptly titled tune ‘Odyssey’.

Following dreamy, atmospheric indie-rock from the Cork band, audience members were introduced to a new group by the name of Them There. The band comprised of industry stalwarts Craig Walker (Power of Dreams) and Pheobe Kildeer (Nouvelle Vague), both of whom live and work in Berlin. The duo recently penned a track called ‘Fade Out Lines’, which has already reached the number one spot in Germany, Spain and Hungary, to name a few.

Attendees were guided into ‘The Piano Room’ for intimate sets from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Berlin-based Tom Adams. Caoimhín is no stranger to German crowds having played the country’s biggest philharmonic concert halls with The Gloaming, but there was something very special indeed about hearing his spellbinding music for solo violin in a small room right on the banks of the river as evening fell.  

Tom Adams sat down at the piano to perform music from his debut album Silence, including standout tracks such as ‘Come On, Dreamer’. Adam’s falsetto voice and delicate, minimalist piano made for a simply beautiful performance that would no doubt appeal to fans of Nils Frahm, with whom he shares a manager. 

The excitement surrounding Soulé was electric as she arrived in Berlin for her first international gig. Her infectious energy and upbeat tunes such as ‘Good Life’ and ‘Trouble Maker’ got everyone on their feet and judging by the audience’s reaction this won’t be her last booking outside Ireland. 

Just before New Jackson, Ambassador Michael Collins took a moment to say a few inspiring words on Creative Ireland and the importance of supporting and encouraging our brightest talents on the global stage. 

Finally, giving a nod to the city which was once home to David Bowie and its thriving electronic scene – New Jackson brought the evening to a close with a sample of ‘Sound & Vision’ and tunes from his excellent new album ‘Night to Night‘. A memorable gig from a producer and musicians who has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Words by Anna Job.

Posted on July 20th, 2017


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Tonight, Music From Ireland and the London Irish Centre in Camden Square present the first of a series of showcase gigs featuring music from Ireland.

Tonight’s gig features 3 of Ireland’s new music finest:

Talos, Rusangano Family and Jealous Of The Birds.

This series will be an opportunity for the London music industry and the wider UK music industry to meet and hear their Irish equivalents. It kicks off at 7pm with an industry networking event and the bands start at 8:30pm.

100 tickets are available to the public for this very special event and are priced at £10 each.

Posted on June 29th, 2017

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Clonmel Junction Festival announced its lineup for July 3rd to 9th including

Included on the music lineup is:

This is the Kit, Martin Hayes and David Power, Lankum (formerly Lynched), Crash Ensemble and Sam Amidon, Kate Ellis and Yuki Numata Resnick, Talos, Aine Cahill, AE MAK, R.S.A.G., Daithi and more.

Mitchelstown Cave hosts 3 literally underground gigs featuring Peter Broderick, Loah, Jesca Hoop, Rosie Carney, Marc O’Reilly and Brigid Mae Power.

Tickets on sale Friday May 12 at 9.00am

Tickets go on sale Friday May 12 and are available through

Posted on May 12th, 2017

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Body&Soul has added some names to the festival for June 23 – 25 2017 in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.

Joining the main lineup today is: Bonobo, Talos, Skott, DJ Bambii, New Jackson.

The Bulmers Lounge will host Stephen James Smith, RED PILL Poetry Collective, John Cummins, The Tullamore Rhymers Club, Moth & Butterfly, and MissElayneous & DJ FunkTom, The Jimmy Cake, Fixity, Cranky Face, Percolator, The Ocelots, SYLK, Character Development Cypher, Liam & Hajime with Stephen Heffernan, and The Bonny Men.

Theatrical performances: Waterford playwright Conor Clancy’s ‘Will It Fit In A Van?’ about a poorly run drug distribution in a small fictional town delves into kidnappings, murder, biscuits, beloved horses, the clergy and a very important chipper!; while ‘Fizzy Drinks with Two Straws’, a play for anyone who has ever been told “you’re too young to understand”, comes to Body&Soul from Scene & Heard Festival and Theatre Upstairs.

Wonderlust’s line-up of live music, performance, conversations, talks and workshops in the walled garden will include Katie Kim and Crash Ensemble, while Women on Walls brings its movement to Ballinlough where Accenture’s Eithne Harley, Royal Irish Academy’s Pauric Dempsey and TCD’s Professor Lydia Lynch will discuss how underrepresentation of women in the RIA’s official portraits led them to take positive action and commission several female portraits now on permanent display at Academy House.

new to this year: The Library of Progress is a positive subversion of The Library of Congress, the United States’ repository of some of humanity’s greatest works and the largest library in the world. Highlights include Beats and Rhymes with Emmet Kirwan, a blitz of spoken word and hip hop performances and FACTION, hard-hitting political debate with Blindboy BoatClub of Rubberbandits.

Previous announcements.

Posted on May 5th, 2017


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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


Overcoats – Young

New Yorkers Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have been developing their harmonic folk pop since before they spent a summer in Ireland two years ago. Their debut album arrives on respected Canadian label Arts & Crafts and the pair have built on the momentum of touring with Maggie Rogers and others with this strong debut. Co-production by Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors) and Autre Ne Veut have added some body to their songs including those previously featured here. That sharpness and precision in the production which adds suitable electronic touches and dynamism, is also reflected in the harmonic relationship of Elion and Mitchell. Their voices together blend in ways that channel country, vintage folk and modern pop. They play Whelan’s in a few weeks.

Favourite tracks: ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Hold Me Close’, ‘Smaller Than My Mother’

Listen on Spotify


Talos – Wild Alee

Since appearing with Tethered Bones, an emotional electronic ballad three years ago, Cork man Eoin French aka Talos has been refining and developing that style with every release. Now, on his debut album, produced by Ross Dowling, French makes the case that patience is a virtue for building slow-moving anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar, synths and drums. Tethered Bones is the centrepiece of the debut album but its surrounded by equally beautifully-scaped sounds. Bringing it all together is the supple falsetto of the man himself, a brittle, powerful voice that can move between engulfing glacial shades and warm tones.

Favourite tracks: ‘Your Love Is An Island’, ‘Odyssey’, ‘Contra’.

Album track-by-track breakdown.

Listen on Spotify.


In Flagranti – Sprezzatura

A three hour dance music workout from Swiss duo In Flagranti inspired by buying records down a phoneline before the internet.

“Back in the early 80s when I lived in Switzerland, I use to travel to Italy a lot for clubs and record shopping. In Rimini there was a great store called Disco Piu. They had this service where if you were out of town or from another country, you could sign-up and get a cassette of all the new releases in the post every week. Each new track was recorded for about a minute and there was a voice counting – so you could write down the tracks you liked – then phone or fax the track numbers and the date of the cassette, they’d send you the records and you’d pay on delivery, which was amazing”, says In Flagranti’s Sasa Crnobrnja on ‘Sprezzatura’s inspiration, concept and format.

So this album will be available as a mix on cassette with each track playing for a minute or two. You’re basically listening to it like a mixtape and in the same manner as the tapes from Disco Piu. You’ll be able to choose your favourite tracks from ‘Sprezzatura’ and buy the full versions as downloads.”

Favourite tracks: ‘Charity Bazaar’, ‘Screwvenier’, ‘Sidewalk Salsa’.

Listen on Spotify


Joe Goddard – Electric Lines

The Hot Chip member and producer’s latest solo alum is a love letter to dance music. Featuring covers of classics like ‘Music Is The Answer’ and samples from Brainstorm’s ‘We’re on Our Way Home’ and the Emotions’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’, Alexis Taylor guests on the title trac. Goddard in solo mode has never nailed the full-length but has always provided nourishment. Electric Lines is a pleasing ode to dance music of all stripes.

Favourite tracks: ‘Home’, ‘Music Is The Answer’ , ‘Lose Your Love’.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on April 21st, 2017


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Since appearing with Tethered Bones, an emotional electronic ballad three years ago, Cork man Eoin French aka Talos has been refining and developing that style with every release. Now, on his debut album, produced by Ross Dowling, French makes the case that patience is a virtue for building slow-moving anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar, synths and drums. Tethered Bones is the centrepiece of the debut album but its surrounded by equally beautifully-scaped sounds. Bringing it all together is the supple falsetto of the man himself, a brittle, powerful voice that can move between engulfing glacial shades and warm tones.

Listen on Spotify.

iTunes | Vinyl

Below is a track by track by the songwriter Eoin French himself to go alongside the listen.

1: Runaway

The album is book-ended by two songs that are very outward looking. ‘Runaway’ has a kind of dystopian veil, this idea that our future generations are at our mercy. The line ‘Runaway, child’ is a warning in a sense… a view into what could become because of how we exist.


The last song I wrote for the album. It comes from a place of reflection. And that pang of panic with regards certain decisions. The imagery in it is that of ‘the epic journey’, in a way – and the desolation, loneliness and at the same time beauty that is found in such a thing.

3:In Time

For me ‘In Time’ was kind of the breakthrough moment. What came from this was probably just clarity. A solid distinction between what I wanted from this album and what I didn’t. It felt like the first Talos song that was inherently ‘me’.


I wrote this in one evening with Ian Ring. It kind of just came out and exists exactly as it did then. It’s a ponderous thing, and the simplicity of the piano piece is kind of tantric. It purposefully has these blurry edges, I just wanted it to be something you kind of get lost in.


Funnily enough, this is the darkest song on the record, but came out as a poppy, hooky, surging piece of music! It revolves around death and fear and all that lovely stuff… but it came out as this hopeful ‘pop song which I’m really happy about in the end.It’s funny that sometimes when something very heavy is framed against lightness or optimism, it can carry more weight, in a way..


It’s probably the rawest and most ‘human’ piece on the record. I just wanted something personal, almost whispered. I was listening to a good bit of Portishead while I made ‘Wild Alee’, in particular ‘Third’.

7:Tethered Bones

I was torn over whether to include this or not – but I felt like it earned its place in a way. It was the first Talos single – things kind of all began here, so it was important to me that it sat with these songs.

8:This is us Colliding

Throughout the record there is a recurring reference to the idea of the epic journey or exploration and conquering the unknown. ‘This Is Us Colliding’ looks at what lengths we go to for what we desire – be it another, or a dream, and if these things warrant those struggles. Will we be satisfied with what we end up with?


‘209’ was about finding bluntness. This idea of speaking to a woman from the weakness of a man. We are a simpler and weaker species… emotionally, mentally… and I wanted to just say that very plainly, and then accompany it with the wonder and comfort we get from those complexities.

‘Men all defy we live and die know this / in your mind’s eye see it / Bind it tight it haunts me baby / I get right up hold me fold me…’


I constantly search for simplicity or minimalism as I feel its a purer form of getting across what you mean. For me YLIAI achieved this quite well, I think it still managed to manifest itself as something quite infectious and rich, which I was happy about…. the repetition of the line is something I tended not to do as I became kind of obsessed with how lyrics went together, but it just felt right when i was making it. This was also the first song I produced totally on my own..


This was the first song written for the album and had about seven or eight different lives. It’s an urgent song. And it’s about sex and lust. There tends to be layers and metaphors when I write but this was more about something human, less embellished. More real. “Snapped together in your landscape / we are heat stains / magnetised by the night light as a feather.”


I wrote this in Iceland last summer. The guys in Bedroom Community had kindly allowed me to work in their studio for a couple of days. I arrived at the studio the first day and had been out the night before and didn’t really feel like hearing my own voice. So this emerged from that pitiful physical state. It’s a watercolour in a way. There are some vocals in it but they are run through a multitude of effects and kind of glitch their way across the music. When we (Eoin and co-producer Ross Dowling) worked on it for the final recording we probably had the most fun with it. It was something that would only become worsened by thought and rationale. So it was about just letting things break apart and react to each other and not really ever find a “place”.


As I mentioned, the album is book-ended by two outward looking songs. ‘Voices’ for me is the most inclusive and celebratory track on the album. I saw it as a unifying moment, as something that just asked a question about existence and either choosing to exist now, as you should, or not…

“We moved the earth to harness, that high and darkened mess / And the void did light up in us. We woke like Gods, all seeing…”

Tour Dates

April 21 – Button Factory, Dublin
April 22 – Dolan’s, Limerick
April 27 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 28 – St Luke’s Church, Cork
May 12 – St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)
May 13 – The Set, Kilkenny
May 25 – Voodoo, Belfast
June 22 – Spirit Store, Dundalk

Posted on April 21st, 2017


Ahead of his forthcoming debut album Wild Alee, on April 21st, Eoin French aka Talos has previewed another song from it called ‘Contra’.

The song is “about the idea of protecting something very fragile in the midst of a crisis, when the walls are falling down around you.”

French has developed as a musician who has a penchant for creating intimate sentiments in swirls of sonics.

A remix from Star Slinger of the song is forthcoming. Previous single ‘Odyssey’ was equally epic.

Tour Dates

April 15 – Connolly’s, Leap
April 21 – Button Factory, Dublin
April 22 – Dolan’s, Limerick
April 27 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 28 – St Luke’s Church, Cork
May 12 – St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)
May 13 – The Set, Kilkenny
May 25 – Voodoo, Belfast
June 22 – Spirit Store, Dundalk


  1. Runaway
  2. Odyssey
  3. In Time
  4. Piece(s)
  5. Contra
  6. Endgame
  7. Tethered Bones
  8. This Is Us Colliding
  9. 209
  10. Your Love Is An Island
  11. Landscapes
  12. Wetlands
  13. Voices

Posted on April 5th, 2017


The gorogeous lead single from Talos’ upcoming album ‘Odyssey’ now has a video by label and director associate Brendan Canty aka Feel Good Lost. The idea of the video is concerned with the the disrupted feelings between two lovers in a relationship.

Canty says:

“Our main idea was to create a physical storm in a home which would surround the two forlorn characters.

“We wanted to keep things serene at the start, as often relationship problems go unspoken and as the video builds the visuals become more disruptive as the problems surface and this great and beautiful Odyssey comes to an end.”

As premiered on Nowness.

Talos tour dates

April 15 – Connolly’s, Leap
April 21 – Button Factory, Dublin
April 22 – Dolan’s, Limerick
April 27 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 28 – St Luke’s Church, Cork
May 12 – St Patrick’s, Waterford (w/ Saint Sister)
May 13 – The Set, Kilkenny
May 25 – Voodoo, Belfast
June 22 – Spirit Store, Dundalk + more TBA

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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