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9 new songs from Irish artists you should hear

A lot of Irish and Northern Irish music comes Nialler9’s way and there’s little time to feature everything we think is worthy of a thumbs up or more ears. Every week, we collate the new songs from emerging artists that deserve to be heard by you.

For more extensive Irish and new music coverage, follow our Spotify playlist or hit up the Irish section for individual track features.


1.

Stella


You Are Here

I’m loving this bedroom pop track by Stella Hennessy who wrote this with her brother from the band HOROSHOKINO (and her other brother Oisin played bass on it too). Add her on Spotify & Insta.

Horoshokino’s new song ‘Comrades’ is also very much worth a listen.


2.

Toke O Drift

igot(igot) (feat. Julia Louise Knifefist)

Drawing on garage, breaks and drum and bass, Dublin producer Toké O Drift’s debut album Sploooosh which is being released this Friday on Bad Soup Records is a different proposition from the pack.

‘igot(igot)’ is one of the tracks from the album, a raucous ravey track with Julia Louise Knifefist on vocals. The album features Sick Nanley, Blue Niall, Pharaii Dambisa, Nitefish and DHBH.


3.

Cruel Sister

My Forever

Fuzzy bedroom shoegaze is the vibe from new artist Cruel Sister who is Faith Nico and ‘My Forever’ is written, produced and mixed by the artist herself.


4.

Louise Gaffney

Until

From Come On Live Long to Dirty Dreamer, the voice and instrument tone of Louise Gaffney has been an immediately recognisable presence. For her solo project which begins with a 5-track EP to come called Not Even Here, the debut song ‘Until’ keeps that individuality intact.

‘With Until I tried to deconstruct the elements of what makes a ‘song’, fray it around the edges a little to achieve something unique. I wanted to keep things more loose and open to interpretation, focus on the melodies and how a catchy synth melody or using rough field recordings can be just as evocative as what the vocal is doing. Part soundscape, part song.’


5.

Shiftwork

viens avec moi

Shiftwork are an alt-folk trio from Dublin, Dundalk and the French Alps who have been dotted around festival lineups in times past who have played with Attention Bébé, Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, Chris Barry’s Boys, Rachael Lavelle, Riona Sally Hartman, Joniii and Dowry.

A debut album, burn the nightshade oil, is forthcoming and ‘viens avec moi’ is a signal of their sound -a loping harmonising song of haunting choral and folk repute, ‘Inspired by medieval French chansons and a walk taken on a hot summer day.”


6.

Tebi Rex x ROE

Hanging With Trees

Kildare duo Tebi Rex have collaborated with Derry artist Roe on a track from their forthcoming second album. See also ‘Oh It Hurts’. They play The Great Escape online next week.


7.

Ódú

Men Like Me

Sally Ó Dúnlaing returns to her solo project with a soft electronic pop song.



8.

Odd Numbers

Blue (feat. Wallfella)

Dublin producer Odd Numbers‘ new song is inspired by ‘Blue World’ from Mac Miller’s last album Circles and Wallfella provides the rhymes on the melancholy summer verses. Bandcamp.

“The track is based on a summer’s day that I had in 2020. Going from a night of partying to a night of feeling down, wondering when the work will be noticed. It’s a typical story of hangover blues but with an ambitious spin. It asks the question of when, and why?”

Wallfella

9.

Viscose

Been There

Aaron Cumiskey goes by the name Viscose and ‘Been There’ is a breezy electronic pop track from the queer artist. Follow on Spotify.