Featuring Kayleigh Noble, Reevah, Clodagh Rose, Jehnova, Jock, Search Results, THEO, Aoife Brigid, AULD.
A lot of music from Ireland and Northern Ireland comes our way and every week, we listen through it all, sift the list down to a manageable list and share the best new tracks from emerging artists and some more established acts that deserve to be heard by you.
The return of Dublin artist Kayleigh Noble, who released two songs last week ‘prey’ and ‘hymn’, the latter being showcasing a likeness to SZA’s R&B vibe before switching to a Billie Eilish-esque dark synth outro, maiing for a nice contrast on the short track.
Noble prioritises herself over a relationship no longer offering any positives.
Also, check out this recent Ultrapollen remix of Rory Sweeney and Kayleigh’s Needy. A debut album is forthcoming.
Belfast-based band Jock are one of a few bands of the queer punk ilk coming out of the city. They do it well there, along with songs tackling difficult subjects.
‘Spoilsport’ is a fine punk song about “the culture of silence surrounding sexual assault cases in Belfast.”
Mind Of A Criminal
Dublin artist Aoife Bridget featured here recently with ‘Never Everest’ and ‘Mind Of A Criminal’ follows that song’s confident alt-pop style with an even more strident pop song.
It was also co-produced by Aoife’s cousin James Lonergan.
“The lyrics in ‘Mind of a Criminal’ explore the complexity of wanting something that may not be good for you, and how this desire can be both irresistible and dangerous but ultimately the heart wants what the heart wants, even if it goes against your common sense.”
Aoife Brigid plays The Workman’s Main Room on July 26th.
THEO, Sophia Thankur
There’s Always Something
“‘There’s Always Something’ conveys the frustration of trying so hard to make a relationship work, always giving but never receiving. I feel like there is still a glimmer of hope that shines through. The lyrics suggest that although the faith in the relationship may be dwindling, it hasn’t been completely lost.”
Auld, Sere Trouble
Donegal musician and producer Thomas Pitts trades as Auld, releases the charming indie lo-fi song ‘I’m Exercising’ and it’s cheap and charming DIY video. The song featuring Sere Trouble contributing vocals is from a forthcoming EP, which also features the more recent song ‘I’m A Brave Boy’.
Flower Rock Rain
Lo-fi garage rock from Dublin trio Search Results have a touch of Black Midi about them on their new single ‘Flower Rock Rain’ on Blowtorch Records.
‘Flower Rock Rain’ features a collaboration with Rhys Mayes and Callum Browne of the Belfast-based psych pop band The Daisy Chain.
The song is the first single from upcoming album Information Blip which is released on digital/vinyl in the Autumn.
Search Results are Fionn Brennan (guitar), Jack Condon (drums) and Adam Hoban (bass).
Derry-artist Aoife Boyle aka Reevah has released three-tracks from a forthcoming debut album on Bloom Records, a new imprint from Dublin’s Faction Records, so far this year.
‘Without You’ is a big ultra-pop melodic track with ’80s flourishes that feels destined for a high-school TV show montage.
The debut album, Daylight Savings arrives in October.
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