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The Elephant Room are a three-piece band from Cork, Wexford and Louth who are now based in Dublin. Frank Shortle, Shane Martin and Ian Hand released a debut album, Body, in 2014 and after another EP and single, return this week with ‘Naive Green’, a breezy, Real Estate-y three minutes. “Now you wait, you watch, you fall down, but now you’re safe but you’re not alone,” sings Shortle, surrounded by doo-doo-doos. The perfect winter warmer, alluded to at the start, when “you’re freezing to your bones now”. The Elephant Room play Fibbers in Dublin on November 30 and Sin E on December 7.

‘Naive Green’ has been added to the TPOE New Irish Music Spotify Playlist – listen/follow here.

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I think 2018 is going to be the year of Wyvern Lingo – and ‘Snow II’ makes me sure of it. Caoimhe Barry, Karen Cowley and Saoirse Duane are releasing their debut album and Neil Comberin February, this track being their third single of 2017, following ‘Out of my Hands‘ and ‘I Love You, Sadie‘. ‘Snow II’ premiered on Atwood Magazine. Barry told Atwood: “’Snow II’ is partly written as a response to Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘I Am A Rock’. It’s from the perspective of the person trying to reach an ex-lover who is in that dark place, cutting themselves off from the world. It’s about wanting to comfort them, but you can’t speak to them or hold them like you might have when you were in a relationship, and how sad and confusing that is.” ‘Snow II’ was produced and mixed by James Kelly (Wife) and Neil Comber (MIA) and is out tomorrow, November 24. Wyvern Lingo are playing Other Voices next weekend.

Picture by the brilliant Ruth Medjber – go buy some amazing prints from her online store (a great Christmas present, natch)

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It’s been a while since we heard from Patrick Freeman‘s solo venture – he’s been busy working with the Bonk, who released a super debut album recently. But Freeman’s still vexing, this time with ‘Reality TV’, proclaiming that he just wants to rock and roll, while taking aim at, well, reality TV stars, singing that “you’ve got a whole lot of balls getting up there knowing you ain’t special”. The simmering anger plays out over his favourites 60s-like lines. The song was recorded at Big Skin Studios with O Emperor’s Brenden Fennessy (also recording the new Shaker Hymn album), and the video’s by O Emperor’s Paul Savage – the band returns at Quarter Block Party in February and I’m VERY EXCITED to see them again. Patrick Freeman has a couple of shows lined up himself:

Thursday, November 23: Arthur’s Blues’n’Jazz Club, Thomas Street, Dublin w/ Comrade Hat
Thursday, November 30: Coughlan’s, Cork supporting The Shaker Hymn

Bonus content:
Phil Christie from the Bonk on The Point of Everything podcast #67
Patrick Freeman on The Point of Everything podcast #19

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Colm K, one of the best DJs around, releases a new EP, Heights, on Dublin’s All City Records, on November 27. His The Love EP from 2013 is one of the best releases of the decade so I have high hopes for this. Three of the four tracks are available to listen to now, ‘Affinity’ having been premiered on Bolting Bits, who quite rightly call it “a tripped out groover”. Keep listening to hear Colm’s nephew Ben adding in some drum bits at the end. Resident Advisor, meanwhile, said ‘Water’ is “a riff on smoky, golden-era hip-hop, executed tastefully”. The PR says it’s “inspired by a variety of styles and musical sources with one common thread throughout: Samples. Two tracks for the dancefloor dusty reprises, most of the music found here is a collage of sounds that zig zags from the soulful thump of Seeing to the laid back strain of ‘Summary’.” Colm K explains: “I grew up in a place called Silverheights, Mayfield. Hence the name of the EP. The music on here represented musically where I came from and Cork’s fusion of Soul, Rare Groove, Hip Hop and House. Cover art is by Cork-born artist Conor Harrington. Shots of a work in progress which resonated with me, and fitted perfectly with the music, and I’m very grateful to him for allowing me to use it!” Listen to ‘Affinity’ below via Soundcloud, and ‘Water’ and ‘Seeing’ on the Bandcamp player – order the 12″ record here.

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Cork trio Ealadha – Dom Murphy, Cormac Shanley and Peter Crudge – follow up last year’s debut EP, Limit of our Sight, with new single ‘Bathe’. The five-minute track reminds me of still-just-about-going instrumental Cork-based band Sideproject; after a slow, atmospheric opening, the pedals are hit and things escalate into epic territory, Murphy singing about doubts circling like clawing vampires. ‘Bathe’ was recorded and mixed by Shauny Cadogan (Last Light Recordings) at Sun Studios, Temple Bar. The song features on their forthcoming EP, Versions Of You.

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It’s been four years since Dublin duo Ross Turner and Cian Murphy aka I am the Cosmos released their excellent debut album, Monochrome, (though ‘Letting It Go‘ helped ease the wait, and now, following a stellar set at Another Love Story in August, they’re back with a four-track EP, Nothing But Love, out on Art for Blind. Two tracks clock in at over seven minutes, but it’s the shortest track of the four (4.49 minutes) ‘Making Me Wait’ that really stands out. They had a residency at the old UCD medical school building behind the National Concert Hall; Turner told Greedy Pig: “The best thing about the building is the way it sounds, these big open cavernous spaces, so we thought we were in a unique position and it’d be great to have some sort of sonic fingerprint or imprint of the building in our music, but while changing what we were doing to fit it in. I’d be out getting field recordings – creeping around with a microphone, hearing choirs as the sound would carry beautifully down the halls – and trying to place that in. We were making electronic music but wanted to have this open, spacious, amorphous sound which was just a really long process in order to get those things to marry.” Of the EP itself, Murphy said: “In the first album we did sort of just throw every idea at it and go ‘That’s good, throw it in!’ We wanted to refine that a little.” The Nothing But Love EP, with cover designed by Murphy’s 12-year-old niece, is up on Spotify and released on vinyl through Art for Blindbuy it on Bandcamp. I am the Cosmos play Bello Bar in Dublin on December 15 – Facebook event.

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Mayo-born and living in Dublin, singer-songwriter Maria Kelly follows up her debut EP The Things I Should with new single ‘Hollow’. “If you look the way you make me feel maybe you’d feel a little more,” she opines. It’s a really lovely acoustic song that adds restrained orchestration as it grows. Maria Kelly is supporting Bell X1’s Paul Noonan on a string of Irish dates at the moment before she plays Other Voices at the start of December (looking forward to catching her).

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This EP is one of the most accomplished I’ve heard all year. Limerick producer Graeme S, one half of Lakerama, has form (check out his Faiza-featuring release from a couple years ago) and over the four tracks of the We Could EP, featuring up-and-coming vocalists IAMDDB, Althea and Nicole Lundy, showcases a real assuredness. he told District: “The EP’s inspiration takes root in trying to combine music that I grew up listening to. From LTJ Bukem and Moving Shadow Records to Aaliyah and TLC. I wanted to push myself as a producer and collaborate with other artists seeing if there was something unique I could add to the mix.” The title track, in particular, is a real smooth jam.

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After going on hiatus in 2010, Newbridge’s Super Extra Bonus Party decided to reconvene in late 2014 – the pulsating ‘Switzerland’ is the first we’ve heard from them since. “I never meant to falter,” sings Gavin Elsted at the outset, adding later, “It’s better the devil you know.” On the decision to put his own vocals on a SEBP track for the first time, Elsted told Headstuff: “Because we weren’t brave enough [before]. I had a serious inferiority complex in terms of singing. Myself and Fatsy started working on ‘Switzerland’ one day and I wanted to try a vocal on it, so I did and sent it to everyone. The response was positive. It was the biggest sigh of relief I think i’ve ever had in my life. I’m also very confident in the song, I wouldn’t sing over it if I didn’t think that I was adding something that could take a song like that and kind of maybe push it on a bit more because all the elements are there.” They say in the press release: “The single is the sound of a band enjoying making music together again, trying to push themselves while not resorting to the same trickery that made their name the first time around.” ‘Switzerland’ gives off LCD Soundsystem vibes for me, from the action that keeps you interested in the background to the final euphoric couple of minutes. A triumphant return, then. There’s an album on the way and hopefully some live dates – they’re playing Bru in Newbridge on New Year’s Eve. You can buy ‘Switzerland’ on Bandcamp here.

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Bitch Falcon return with a raucous six-minute epic, ‘Of Heart’. With Barry O’Sullivan now added to the lineup on bass duties, the track sounds methodical and massive, Lizzie Fitzpatrick’s vocals soaring over the chug. “It’s not hard to see you’re the one in charge,” she snarls, “just so you all go on and fall apart.” Drummer Nigel Kenny says: “The song has been hidden away and kept from release while we finalised the arrangement which changed gradually over the course of about four years. This track has a very strong, personal subject matter and as a result it was carefully cradled, cajoled, encouraged and moulded in to the final result.” ‘Of Heart’ is out November 24 – you can preorder it on iTunes now. Bitch Falcon play Eurosonic Noorderslag 2018 in January.

Bitch Falcon tour dates:
Saturday, November 18: Cyprus Avenue (w/ Elk), Cork, 8pm
Thursday, November 23: Roisin Dubh, Galway, 8.30pm
Saturday, November 25, Whelan’s, Dublin, 8pm