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Arcade Fire – ‘Creature Comforts’

After the relative jolt of ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire get less dreamy and a bit dirtier with ‘Creature Comforts’ which kicks off like an electro-clash single from 2002 before the AF ‘vista’ comes in to play. Vocally though, both Win and Regine are addled new territory and it reinforces the track’s synth-waving arrangement. The lyrics about self-image, self-esteem and suicide counteract the sonics with a pure heaviness. “She dreams about dying all the time / She told me she came so close / Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record.”


Daphni – ‘Tin’

Classic Dan Snaith dancefloor business. A soft-focus yet percussively tough track full of euphoria and emotion.


Lorde – ‘Writer In The Dark’

Melodrama is a great followup record for the New Zealand Onion Ring-loving musician. After two full listens, it’s clear that with the album’s deft production details (coproduced with Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff), the vocal adlibs and the songwriting is top class. ‘Writer In The Dark’ is an immediate highlight, cemented when Lorde does her best Kate Bush reach on the line ” am my mother’s child, I’ll love you ’til my breathing stops / I’ll love you ’til you call the cops on me.” I’m also loving ‘Sober’ in particular but the entire album is high class Melodrama.


Washed Out – ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’

Ernest Greene is truly back. This is a light house-inspired electronic song that recalls summer vistas and afternoons by the beach.


Laoise – ‘Shooting’

Laoise’s Halfway EP dropped on Friday and ‘Shooting’ is the only song from it we hasn’t really heard from the Galway electronic pop artist.

“Shooting is probably my favourite track off the EP. In comparison to the other songs, it’s quite bare and raw. When writing it, I feel I got to delve into new territories and emotions, which is echoed in the song’s lyrics. I wrote this song with a friend of mine, and we were both going through similar experiences where no matter what we did, we felt we couldn’t grasp and take hold of the things we wanted – be it a relationship or a career path. ‘Shooting with no ammo’ explains the effort you go to finally reach something, only to realise you messed up on the first step, and starting again doesn’t always feel worth it. It’s that moment when you feel so trapped and lost, going around in circles over and over and wondering if you’ll ever break the cycle.”


Bicep – ‘Aura’

From an album of all-new material on Ninja Tune out in September, ‘Aura’ is another example of Bicep’s percussive and technical precision for dance music.


Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘The Way You Used To Do’

Mark Ronson was brought on board to produce QOTSA’s new record and ‘The Way You Used To Do’ is classic tight rock riffs with an addled day-glow brain driving it. They play Dublin in November.

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Posted on June 19th, 2017

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Ernest Greene’s Washed Out project began by taking samples of minor ’80s hits from VIP Connection, Change and Gary Low on his 2009 debut EP Life Of Leisure and making balmy synth-pop. It birthed the chillwave sound. It was also never matched. His music grew increasingly layered and less urgent.

Today, Greene returned with his first song as Washed Out on Stones Throw Records in four years and it’s certainly got a bit more energy and strut in its rhythm – a blurred disco-synth track that’s just ripe for summer.

Posted on May 26th, 2017


Washed Out Band Photo. Ernest Greene pictured.
An easy catch-up guide to new gigs announced in the past week.

Washed Out plays Button Factory on Sunday 27th October 2013. Doors are at Midnight and tickets are €20 plus fees available from Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

James Vincent McMorrow announced one National Concert Hall gig for next February after revealing details of his new album Post Tropical. Surprise! There’s another gig on Feb 5th on sale now. Tickets €30 from the NCH site. Album trailer.
All gigs …→

Posted on October 9th, 2013

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The story of Washed Out really begins with 2009’s Life Of Leisure EP. A collection of balmy synthesizer pop that cemented a signifier, a subgenre: chillwave, glo-fi, hypnagogic pop, whatever you called it. Aural escapism that blatantly plundered older disco samples almost wholesale. In Ernest Greene’s case: Gary Low, Change, Revelation and VIP Connection. Life Of Leisure was nostalgia repackaged for a new audience through glittering synths and beats.
Full review & stream…. →

Posted on August 15th, 2013


Washed Out’s debut album Within And Without was largely an overcooked and overproduced wish-wash of noise that didn’t grab or kick or punch but literally washed over you (sorry). This pulsing arpegiatted song, from the upcoming Amor Fati 12″ is more like the stuff from the earlier EPs that got me so into him in the first place. It’s out on November 14th on Domino with remixes from Clams Casino and Au Revoir Simone.

Download: Washed Out – Call It Off by Weird World Record Co

The A-side ‘Amor Fati’ was one of the better songs on the album:


01. A mor Fati
02. C a l l it O f f
03. A mor Fati [Clams Casino Remix]
04. A mor Fati [Au Revoir Simone Remix]

Posted on November 2nd, 2011


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A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend gigs in the comments as this post gets a lot of hits every week.

Dublin highlights: Washed Out, HSSH with MOTHS, Mark E and loads more, CREEP, Katie Kim & Laura Sheeran, Jello Biafra & The Dying Seconds.

Tuesday August 9th

Wednesday August 10th

  • Daithí @ The Mercantile (Free)

Thursday August 11th

Friday August 12th

Saturday August 13th

Sunday August 14th

Monday August 15th

Days by CREEP

Washed Out – Echoes by ListenBeforeYouBuy

Washed Out – Echoes (Little Star Dweller Remix) by Little Star Dweller

Two Sides – EP by Lasertom & The Blast Crew

Jimmy Francis by MOTHS

To Be With Her by Solar Bears

Mora Minn by thedyingseconds

Here We Go Again! by White Collar Boy

Posted on August 9th, 2011


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The best of recent album streams in A-Z. Plenty more in the Album Streams category.

Posted on June 28th, 2011

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Another new song download from Ernest Greene aka Washed Out’s Within and Without album (out July 8th on Sub Pop) after ‘Eyes Be Closed’. Having heard the album I can say that ‘Amor Fati’ is probably the closest track in soundalike to the Life Of Leisure EP and High Times EP. If you pre-order the album now, the first 500 get a free 7″ with the songs ‘Belong’ and ‘Phone Call’ for the first time. It’s early days yet for me with the album but I can’t help escape the feeling thus far that with proper production, the songs have lost some ‘ooomph’. Time and more listens will tell.

This is what Amor Fati means.

Download: Washed Out – Amor Fati

Posted on June 21st, 2011



For this month’s artwork, I gave Stephen Graham aka Left Overs a list of possible song titles. One of which was Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’ which inspired this beautiful work of art: ” Lindsay Lohan as a survivor of a Beverly Hills future apocalyptic cataclysm – a Hot Mess if you will.” Right Click Radio 2XM’s Aoife Mc is our podcast host as ever. Tracklisting and links after the jump…

MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #33

Podcast #33 Tracklisting »..

Posted on November 4th, 2010


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Finally a new podcast to wrap your ears around. Compiling the podcast is one of my favourite things to do and this month we have an extra dimension with some original artwork from Stephen Graham aka Left Overs from Belfast who provided us with the above illustration (click to enlarge). He said it was inspired by a metal-loving taxi driver he had recently. You can also check his blog. Aoife Mc is your podcast host as always – check out her food blog – I Can Has Cook? and her radio show Right Click Radio on RTE 2XM. The latest episode can be heard here.

On with the program, this month we’ve got great tracks from new and recent release in a straight up MP3 format or Soundcloud. All Nialler9-approved. Enjoy! Tracklisting below.

MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #31

Podcast #31 tracklisting »..

Posted on July 16th, 2010


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kitsune Kitsuné Maison compilations are always worth a listen considering previous compilations have debuted tracks from La Roux, We Have Band, Memory Tapes, MEN, The Drums, The Golden Filter and Two Door Cinema Club.

Number 9 in the series is out on the 26th of April and features tracks from Penguin Prison, Washed Out, yesterday’s just-introduced Jamaica, Crookers, Holy Ghost!, Monarchy, Hurts, Silver Column and more. Future music in the true sense of the word. Here’s a minimix by Jbag to give you an idea of what’s on it (The Holy Ghost! track sounds awesome).

MP3: Kitsuné Maison 9 MinixMix by JBAG

Detailed tracklisting for both the minimix and the compilation after the juuuump:

Posted on March 26th, 2010


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Our beloved podcast is back from its unplanned summer diversion and while we were away, we received a nom for Best Podcast in the Irish Web Awards which is nice! It’s up against The Comic Cast, last year’s winner Playlist Mix and the national broadcaster RTE amongst others. Awards are on the 10th.

This month all of the songs are AMAZING so just download it and listen alright? Thanks. Comments appreciated as always.

Aoife Mc is your podhost – check out her food blog – I Can Has Cook?

Podcast #28 -Tracklisting

  1. Atlas Sound – Walkabout feat. Noah Lennox [ Logos – 4AD]
  2. Rain Machine – Give Blood [ Rain Machine – Anti]
  3. Wavves – [Download MP3]
  4. Washed Out – Belong [Download MP3]
  5. (more…)

Posted on October 2nd, 2009


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