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It’s been a while since we heard from London-based, Limerick/Clare trio Sisters. They were back in Dublin for a show at Hard Working Class Heroes but there hasn’t been any new music since ‘Hush Hush‘ aaaages ago. At just over three minutes long, ‘February’ thankfully ends the withdrawal symptoms. A free download via Soundcloud, it’s built on a super-solid pop base, with bassist Aoife taking the vocal reins. “You said you know this too will pass, hope this February moves fast,” she sings, providing you with your earworm for the week. The video for ‘February’ is below, directed by Margaux Renaudin. Sisters are currently in New York for CMJ, which is pretty cool.

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Dublin trio Women’s Christmas have just released their excellent debut album, Too Rich For Our Blood, and played a free gig in the Crane Lane in Cork to showcase it. Released on Out On A Limb – the second album the label has put out this year, after the Windings/Land Lovers split – the 12 tracks will leave you bouncing off the walls right up until January 6. Featuring members of Jogging, Villagers and No Monster Club, you’d be right in thinking they put on a great show. They play the Kasbah Social Club in Limerick and the Pop Inn in Dublin on November 1. In Cork, support came from the prolific Laurie Shaw. You can listen to Too Rich For Our Blood below. All pictures after the jump are by Brid O’Donovan.

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Girl Band played their final Irish show at the weekend, filling the TDC in the Triskel Arts Centre for their first sold-out show in Ireland. They’re easily one of the best live bands in the country so expect plenty more sell-out gigs to follow in 2015, a year which should also see the Dublin four piece release their debut album. Until then, you can listen to one of the tracks of the year, ‘Lawman’, below. Kudos, too, to Southern Hospitality Board for putting on a stellar show. Hopefully they have a few more great ideas and bands up their sleeves. Pictures below by Brid O’Donovan.

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Seven months after revealing his debut track ‘Tethered Bones’, Cork producer Talos, aka Eoin French, unveils another beautiful, wrenching song. A few mournful piano keys intertwine with solemn guitar and French’s cooing and wooing. “Try and share my youth, these things I waited for, I am bound to you… We bloom, feathers bloom for you,” he quivers. ‘Bloom’ was produced by Ian Ring of Young Wonder and dips its toes into a post-dubstep world for the second half of a track that is never less than mesmeric. ‘Tethered Bones’ and ‘Bloom’ will be released on 12″ vinyl on December 1 via Feel Good Lost, who will be revealing a video for the new track soon.

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Dublin duo/trio Subplots ride their inner Foals on ‘Future Tense’, the second track they’ve given us from forthcoming album, Autumning. Phil Boughton and Daryl Chaney have been subplotting for a few years – debut album Nightcycles came out in 2009 – and they’ve now added a drummer and honed their sound to a, well, a future tense. The perfect pop length, the track is jittery and atmospheric, until it finds its feet and soars for the closing minute or so. There’s a hint of Last Days of 1984 there too, but it’s Foals to whom Subplots lean. Phil says: “‘Future Tense’ was one of the first songs written for the album, and went through a metamorphosis throughout recording. Our new drummer Ross Chaney had a big influence on the second half – shifting the feel of the song completely. It was one of the toughest songs to finish on the album but ultimately probably the one we’re proudest of.” You can download ‘Future Tense’ here, where you can also preorder Autumning, though, despite its name, it won’t be released until January. Subplots play the Pepper Canister Church with Luke ABbott on November 15.

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Clocking in at little over two minutes, the new single from Dublin four-piece Jet Setter doesn’t overstay its welcome. A super surf-pop song, it finds Ross Hamer in a passive, indecisive mood. “First time I didn’t know what to do, I just sat there stupid…”. He still doesn’t know what to do second time round. So what should he have done? By the fifth time, he concludes that, “I shouldn’t have met her.” Well then, I guess he is just dippis his toes into relationships. The single has been pressed to 300 limited edition 7″ heavyweight vinyl and is out this Friday, October 17, on Any Other City Records. Jet Setter tour dates after the jump,

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I really enjoyed Armagh band Silences‘ show at Hard Working Class Heroes last week. They’ve just released their second EP, ‘Sister Snow’, which confirms that they’re making some of the most soothing music in the country at the moment. I talked about the title track here, and while what follows is along similar lines, it shifts closer to the fireside to tell tales that will warm the coldest of hearts. The EP is a showcase for Conchúr White’s gorgeous, smooth vocals: He woos his way through ‘Stones’ and James Vincent McMorrows all over ‘Cops and Robbers’, a track which philosophises that “if all the cops and robbers were replaced by the ones you adore, then all your grief you would bequeath but in the grief you grew”. He ends it with a question: “Who do you think makes these rules?” ‘Chase Me Home’ threatens that “for the quiet alone, I’d cut my tongue”. Hopefully an empty statement, it’s played out over the most up-tempo backing track of the collection and points to an exciting future for Silences. You can download the Sister Snow EP below, via Bandcamp.

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Arriving in time for Halloween is the video for September Girls‘ new single ‘Veneer’, which I talked about here. The video was recorded “deep underground in Guerilla Studios, Dublin” and looks like it cost about a fiver. Set against white drapes, the fivesome, who look like witches deciding their next victim while sat around a candle, set about abusing a glass of milk – milk is good for you! Stop throwing it against the wall! Other than their blatant anti-dairy stance, it’s a cool video, directed and edited by Jessie Ward O’Sullivan. ‘Veneer’ is taken from the EP of the same name, due on November 24 via FortunaPop!

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I was quite taken with Sails‘ first release ‘Winning Ways‘ a couple of weeks ago. It’s the b-side for their debut single ‘Lakes’, the video of which, directed by Stephen Patrick Allen, has just been released. It packs quite a hefty punch while it searches for your heartstrings. Nearly as epic as Villagers’ ‘Ship of Promises’ – all this water wordplay – Darragh Cahill’s coarse vocals are never less than captivating, as are Theodora Byrne’s subtle harmonies. The video features a neverending rope, Byrne’s escape to the open sea – I wonder did she meet the Late David Turpin? – and waking up in the bathtub after a particularly lairy night out bad dream. You can purchase ‘Lakes’ on iTunes now. Sails launch the ‘Lakes’ single in the Button Factory this Wednesday, October 15, with All The Luck In The World and Elephant (Facebook event page).

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I’d heard good things about Marc O’Reilly‘s live show and he didn’t disappoint upstairs at the Oliver Plunkett last Thursday, October 9. Presented by Coughlan’s Live, a venue which is just after celebrating two years in business, it was a double headliner with the Hard Ground. The Cork five piece are two-thirds of the way through their Triptych EP extravaganza, and most of what we hear tonight is drawn from these releases, including the as-yet unrecorded third EP. The stellar ‘Two By Two’ off Triptych 1 is an obvious highlight while the sultry ‘Capon’ off Triptych 2 somehow manages to weave its way around the chatty crowd. It takes a few shhhs and “shut the fuck ups” (“seriously, like!”) for the crowd to fall under the spell Marc O’Reilly casts with his quieter songs. Its his bigger, brasher songs, though, which have people treating him like the pied piper of Waterford. It sounds like he’s in a rush, his jittery janglings racing for the last bus. But he reaches peak performance in front of a big, adoring crowd, ‘The Waywrd Shepherd’ providing a hushed singalong. It was one of those performances which leave you thinking the next time O’Reilly comes to town, it might be a mad dash for the last ticket.

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