It’s a new dawn, and a new day, and a new life … and nothing has changed.
Once again we’re late getting this news feature out. Too much life, not enough time. Too much music, not enough ears. With as little faffing as possible, we’ll get stuck in right away to this the third edition of our Discover Ireland series. If you had the ruddy gall to miss parts 1 and 2 – unmiss them here! Discover Ireland #1 and Discover Ireland #2
Who – What?
Motions – Double A Coincide / Say Goodbye
Dublin duo Tom Daly & Dave Nulty are fast making a name for themselves as indie-rock outfit Motions. With yet another release on the go, double header Coincide / Say Goodbye , they have once again proved the meatiness of their songwriting chops. IMO (and who am I?), Coincide is the stronger of the two tracks. A gritty, feisty, slower-tempoed rasp in which the verse flows on a sea of restrained blues-rock while the more agitated chorus is rife with intense guitars, the tone of which is muy bueno.
Flip-side Say Goodbye has a sound that harks back to ’80s rock, headbanging friendly riffs and American rock slick chorus lines. Very Bon Jovi guys. Tight basslines, nice vocal work interlaced with in sync harmonies, make this much more of a candidate for radio airplay than its more nocturnal counter.
Motions are, as they say, on their way. It’s only a matter of time before they make the switch from support to headline.
Quick aside: I see according to some publications Motions have morphed into a four-piece. Well done lads! That must be the first binary fission in music artist history, although as someone who managed to erase Colin Greenwood from Radiohead history, I shouldn’t really scoff?
In another Quickie: Motions are joining Kildare rockers CPNHGN in Whelans this Saturday night (15th) as part of the Summer WATCH festival. Full line up includes,
Who – What?
Wyvern Lingo – I Love You, Sadie
Oh wow! Hit play and hey presto, Destiny’s Child is pouring outta the speakers! Lush RnB groove on this amazingly good track from the Garden of Ireland. Wyvern Lingo are set to play Longitude and with a catalogue as sweet as their ‘Complete Wyvern Lingo‘ (also out now) their inclusion in the festival line up is no great surprise.
Possibly the most popular all-gal outfit on the scene right now, their latest single I Love You, Sadie is a blend of sexed up electro-beats, multi-dimensional harmonies and an intoxicating vocal so close in tone to early Beyonce it’s frightening! Slick RnB funk-pop with as much substance as it has style!
If you’re going to Longitude on Friday be sure not to miss Wyvern Lingo, who incidentally are having a bit of a bash in Grand Social on 25th August – tickets here.
Who – What?
Ed Sheeran – 9 Date Irish Tour – May 2018
Unless you’ve been in outer Howondaland, you can’t have failed to hear/read/know that Ed Sheeran has just sold-out 7 dates across Ireland as part of his 2018 Tour. Two more have been added since his record-breaking 300k tickets in one day bonanza.
Aiken Promotions have announced that tickets for the “third and final dates” on May 6th at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and May 19th at Phoenix Park will go on sale Saturday 15th at 9am.
And just to repeat what I said the other day on my FB page. If you don’t like Ed Sheeran, don’t listen to his music. No need for abuse. He’s human just like the rest of us. If you think his songs are shit, turn the dial baby.
Who – What?
Aine Cahill – Angels & Demons
Simply and unequivocally, Angels & Demons is one of the best songs you’re going to hear this year.
Notwithstanding her age, Aine Cahill has already mastered the art of crafting atmospheric, sweeping soundtracks, finely balanced compositions that blend natty jazz-pop with elements of John Barry style orchestration, replete with shifting moods and enigmatic strings. A track with all the production touchstones normally associated with the likes of Mark Ronson, it recalls TLSP’s My Mistakes Were Made For You, another striking flourish of elegance and ingenuity.
Veering in a stylistic direction best associated with Beth Gibbons, this is a track rife with brooding uncertainty set against a melodramatic backdrop, and delivered with confident aplomb.
Angels & Demons is a contradiction in terms; a track in which the indecisive push/pull at the heart of the lyrics is weighted against a stunningly choreographed and equanimous score with Cahill’s dexterous vocal as provocative and sonorous as ever.
In a word, majestic.
Aine Cahill plays Longitude on the Sunday – DO NOT MISS!
Who – What?
Other Voices Berlin – Irish Music Showcase – 13th July
Thursday night sees OV kick off a specially curated evening featuring some of the best artists from the emerging Irish scene. Acts lined up to play the showcase include Tom Adams, New Jackson, Talos, The Avener and Phoebe Kildeer, Soule and Caomhin O’Raghallaigh. The event which is a satellite of the greater Tech Open Air Berlin, is proudly supported by Creative Ireland and the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Kudos to all involved and best of luck on the night.
Who – What?
Come On Live Long – In The Still (Album)
Lose yourself on the stream of gentle mindfulness that is the sound of Come on Live Long ‘s In the Still, the title track from their recently released new album.
With the softest of captivating vocals Louise Gaffney draws you in, fixes you with the tenderest vocal gaze, until you happily float away in a soporific state with this musical dream.
Spoiler alert! Things seriously crank up when the clouds are ripped out of this sky-high drift, as bit by bit it is dramatically pulled down to earth.
A masterclass in shifting the sands of tempo, style and production, In the Still ends with quite the blaze of glory, on the opposite side of the world from which it began.
Who – What?
Otherkin – React
Rock intensities, Otherkin, have lashed out yet another single. React sees the Dublin four-piece up their guitar game as the tight fury of their playing ramps up several levels whilst switching to a mid-90’s vibe. Vocals are shredded between talk-talk and pummeling feist.
The band have announced the release of their debut album entitled ‘OK’ (no guesses as to why, right?), on 29th September. Sure to be a storm in vinyl form, their first LP is bound to be the kind of chart smasher and international passport rolled into one that should send them on their way to the global musical stage.
Otherkin are a band too incendiary to be confined to the narrow spaces of these shores!
The band play a secret gig on 21st July – so secret even I don’t know where it is (as if!) … Subscribe HERE if you wanna be in with a chance to nab tickets! They’ve just released a video for React, which you can watch here!!
Who – What?
Lyra – Emerald
Just announced for Electric Picnic, rebel-gal Lyra has a new single on the go in the form of the beguiling Emerald.
Starting out as an Enya-esque celtic ballad it does a total volte face on the chorus when it transforms into a percussive-fuelled melodrama in the mould of Florence, with all the mythic glory of Bill Whelan’s Firedance.
Lyra has a voice that is both subdued and statuesque in equal measure. A mistress of under and overstated, she effortlessly guides her instrument from hushed to high priestess in one majestic sweep. This is a singer who knows the value of her tool and uses it to her best advantage.
Emerald is Hiberno-drama-pop at its finest and Lyra is an artist with the ability to carve her name into international stone.
Fallen Lights – Price Tag
Indie-pop four-piece Fallen Lights hail from Mullingar (what is it with M’Gar these days?) and Waterford. Graham, Andrew, Jay and Joey are still relatively fresh to the Irish music scene, their latest single Price Tag, being the first since eponymous 3-track EP was released in 2015.
Busy, busy boys, they’ve just drawn a line under a 32-date Nationwide tour but not ones to rest on their laurels already have more dates in the live-date diary.
Working with the same producer as the Blizzards and Kodaline, Fallen Lights have produced an indie-pop anthem replete with infectious melodies, uproarious ‘crowd’ choruses and hooks catchier than a fishing line.
Uptempo good feel indie coloured with vibrant threads of pop, Price Tag has day time radio stamped all over its artistic licence.
You can catch Fallen Lights at Whelans on 29th July – tickets HERE. In the meantime, here’s a really cool live take on Price Tag!
Who – What?
Mongoose – Old Friend
Molly O’Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Cara Dunne comprise Dublin based Mongoose. Their music is quite the menagerie and their latest single Old Friend, a spirited jaunt through galloping piano, rushing strings and dynamic percussion, is no exception.
Opening with a thoughtful spaciousness the song builds to an Alice in Wonderland-like adventure through a colourful landscape adorned with sublime harmonies, emotive and impassioned instrumentation, and heady atmospherics.
Vocals are this outfit’s strong suit and the lead on Old Friend is at once light in aspect and determined in tone, no easy feat to achieve.
This is the kind of tumbling folk-pop of which the world needs more!
If you’re around London, Derry, and various parts of Ireland, you can see these gals play live. Further dates TBA. Old Friend is out now on all platforms.
3rd August The Ivy House, London (debut UK show)
12th August Stendhal Festival, Derry
18th August The Hungry Bookworm, Loughrea
19th August Fennelly’s, Kilkenny
25th August Levis Cornerhouse, Ballydehob, West Cork
Who – What?
Laoise – Halfway (EP)
It takes serious guts to open a debut EP with an instrumental, and a highly theatrical one at that, but that is exactly what young Galwegian Laoise has done on her 4-track Halfway EP, if we’re counting the 1.27 intro as a fully fledged track. It’s a gamble that’s paid off, and beautifully.
Next up is Halfway, a light and shade ballad in which twirling Hiberno folk-pop melds with subtle but slick jazz-infused electronica. With shades of Dolores O’Riordan on the upper echelons of her vocal, Laoise has a voice that is both youthful and knowing, playful but insistent and notwithstanding her age, she’s already quite the mistress of artful nuance and pristine inflection.
Not one to shy away from her Irish roots, Laoise injects a gorgeous West of Ireland accent and moderno-Celtic vibe to broodingly dark electronica on third track You, while on the final and possibly best track, Shooting, she switches gear, opening with a divine, spacious acoustic piano sequence; a light relief from the heavy darkness of its predecessor.
And while the tone of her sound varies, there is an underlying sense of shade throughout the EP that keeps it’s loftier elements grounded in reality.
Despite the brooding jazz-pop dimensions into which Halfway shifts, this EP is a jewellery box of beguiling and bewitching gems. Halfway is out now via all platforms.
Before I go! … News in Brief
On the 25-67 bus routes (I know this trust me), shuttle buses will be provided on the day. Annie Mac and Kelly-Anne Byrne play the Saturday and The Strypes are also in the line up. Tickets €59.50, which for an Irish fest, ain’t bad going.
EP has lobbed a load more names into their Stradbally ring. Their lush line-up now includes stalwarts Elbow, Jagwar Ma, and Mura Masa as well as a plethora of up and coming artists like Declan Mc Kenna, Brand New Friend, The Lemon Twigs and Margaret Glaspy. Full details on their website – http://www.electricpicnic.ie/
Electro art-folk wizard Seamus Fogarty has signed to Domino Records. Home to Artic Monkeys, The Killers and Julia Holter to name but a few, Domino has one of the best rosters of independent music artists around. To celebrate his signing, Forgarty has released his Short Ballad For A Long Man accompanied by a delightful stroll down the Thames Estuary via this Kieran Evans directed video.
Last but not least, Athy duo Picture This have just dropped a video for their single Everything I Need, a montage of images captured during their recent live shows including their sell-out 5 night run at Dublin’s Olympia.
The guys recently announced their eponymous debut album which has a release date of 25th August but is available to pre-order HERE.
With a tour of North America and the UK scheduled for early Autumn, as well as slots at Longitude and London’s Citadel Festival, these boys seem likely to be set to DND for the unforeseeable. Details of the PT tour HERE.
That’s a wrap .. We promise we won’t leave it as long (in every sense of the word) next time. Here’s the Discover Ireland #3 Playlist and to those of you heading to Longitude this weekend … ENJOY 🙂