A once-off 2014 album as Scout Hardcastle not withstanding and that’s all we had from the Irish musician, til now.
Not much has changed on the surface, on this self-proclaimed ‘self-leak’ rather than release, Meljoann’s jerky electronic rhythms are very much in place. The only difference would appear to be she’s become a better vocalist and ‘Personal Assistant’ has her sounding like Janet Jackson, with the obvious caveat that the song is a lot weirder than any Janet stuff. It’s from an upcoming album called HR, a title inspired by a day job. “I made it in between shifts at a call centre, during which I unfortunately got to observe a creepy corporate scene from way too close up.”
Meljoann has two Irish dates this week: Cork’s Gulpd Café in Cork on 18th of March (Plugd Events), and Tivoli Backstage in Dublin on 19th of March (Open Ear Presents, with Everything Shook).
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.