another love story 2017

The fourth edition of Another Love Story, a festival presented by Homebeat and Happenings, takes place in Co Meath this weekend. Tickets (there were only 600 or so) are long gone. It’s supposed to be a very special thing, with a bill featuring mostly Irish acts such as Katie Kim, Tomorrows, Ailbhe Reddy and Ellll, JFDR from Iceland, amazing DJs such as Cian O’Caobhain (An Taobh Tuathaill), and lots of other stuff like the love olympics. I’m going for the first time this year and am very much excited. So much so that I talked to Emmet Condon of Homebeat. You can listen to the chat on the latest episode of the TPOE podcast (iTunes/Soundcloud) – just click play on the SC embed below. I’ve typed out some highlights from the chat, relating to the festival, below – we also talked a lot about arts spaces in Dublin being squeezed, the Homebeat label he’s launching featuring Carriages and Let’s Set Sail (Nialler9 had the scoop this morning) and lots more, so you’ll have to listen to the podcast for all that. See you at Another Love Story!

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It’s a jammers week of new releases – just as well cos I’m off to Barcelona and Primavera next week. I’m spending an inordinate amount of time trying to decide between Solange and Broken Social Scene, embroiled in a direct clash on Thursday. It’s a very tough decision to make. There’s a new TPOE podcast up this week – Eoin French aka Talos talked to me about the making of one of the strongest debut albums of the year, Wild Alee, what to expect during festival season and how Anohni’s album inspired him. Coming Sunday/Monday, there’s a special festival previews podcast with Thin Air/State critic Darren Keane so subscribe on Soundcloud/iTunes/whatever podcast app you use to get the in-depth chat. On this week’s roundup, Belfast’s Beauty Sleep channel Passion Pit, Kildare’s Native Ensemble channel Jungle, Kildare/Dublin band Silverbacks go slacker on their new EP, Elaine Mai returns with The Colour of the Night EP, Cork funk/RnB band Shookrah showcase their talents on the Cliches EP, Come on Live Long release their second album, James Vincent McMorrow surprise-released his most personal album to date, Cork avant-garders Fixity release their third album, Belfast’s Sea Pinks unveil their sixth album in seven years – perfect for summer – Saint Sister release their first single of the year and show why they’re the next big thing, London-based Dublin singer Swimmers Jackson pines for cans by the canel, and Ailbhe Reddy showcases her new EP Attach to Memory.

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It’s a relatively quiet week for new Irish releases, maybe just as well because all I really want to do is listen to New Jackson‘s debut album. The roundup of best new Irish music this week also includes Loah – debut EP out next month – Citog Records from Galway unveil their second compilation, CPNHGN and their guitars return three years after they released their debut album, and Rejjie Snow unveils his new mixtape.
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This week on the new music roundup, we have noise-pop (emphasis on the noise) from Dublin’s Thumper, Saint Caoilian‘s debut EP of love songs, Liza Flume‘s EP charting a breakup, another taster of Come On Live Long‘s second album (with a brilliant video), vintage rock from Limerick band The Poke and for a good cause, another taster of Robbie Barron’s Britpop-leaning Milky Teeth, and the Great Balloon Race‘s long-awaited second album arrives.
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In this week’s roundup of new Irish music, there are pop bangers galore on Daithi‘s new EP, festival-sized choruses from Third Smoke, garage rock vibes from RSAG, dirty electronics from Lakerama, rap from Cork-based Outsider YP, sunshine pop from No Monster Club‘s fifth single of the year, folk/saxy 80s stuff from Elephant, relaxing stuff from Mount Alaska, and Ships‘ long-awaited debut album!

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In this week’s roundup of new Irish music, there’s ambience from Winter Aid, a big pop tune and news of a new EP from Ailbhe Reddy, an emotionally heavy but heartful EP from the Meath indie band Youth Mass, a gorgeous post-Gloaming song from Pine the Pilcrow, indie-rock from Cork’s Neon Atlas, Liza Flume returns and goes electric, Shookrah showcase another song from their forthcoming EP, New Jackson‘s got a late-night, early-morning tune ahead of his long-awaited debut album, and Thumper, one of 2017’s ones to watch, release another noisy number. There’s no order to how they’re all presented so dig in and find a new tune to love

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Placemats & Second Cuts

Marlene Enright released her debut solo album, Placemats and Second Cuts, at the end of March and I chatted to her about it for The Point of Everything podcast. You can listen to the interview below, via Soundcloud, or on iTunes or whatever podcast app you use. Some of the interview is transcribed below, as we talked a lot about songwriting.

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Jess Kav from the ‘agrosoul’ band Barq sat down for an interview on the TPOE podcast (subscribe on iTunes/Soundcloud/whatever podcast app you use) recently. You can listen to the SC embed, and there are highlights from the conversation below. Barq are heading out on their first national tour tomorrow, as part of the Big Giant Head tour, alongside Harbouring Oceans and Hawk, who have just released a new EP, She Knows.

Big Giant Head tour dates:
March 30: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
March 31: Connolly’s of Leap
April 1: Pumphouse, Kilkenny
April 2: Central Arts, Waterford
April 5: Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 6: Whelan’s, Dublin

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senita shookrah

Cork band Shookrah have been around for a couple of years now, releasing a fine debut EP in 2014. They also possess, in Senita Appiakorang, one of the finest vocalists in the country (check out her other group Lakerama). The six piece are gearing up to release the Cliches EP shortly and ‘Gerascophobia’ – an abnormal or persistence fear of growing old or ageing – is our first taster. It sounds huge, a smorgasbord of funk that, according to the PR, “rails against society’s never-ending quest for eternal youth”. Dubbed alternative soul, there’s absolutely loads going on, Senita’s declaration that “did you know it’s a blessing to age” sticking with you along with some ridiculous guitar solos. ‘Gerascophobia’ is officially released March 3.

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Powered by McMuffins, Dublin duo Bad Sea return with second single ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’. I loved their debut single, released last September – while that reminded me of indie-pop duo Tennis, the 3.31-minute ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’ is powered by Angel Olsen. It’s a confident slice of pop music that contrasts with Ciara Thompson’s soaring vocals but despondent lyrics. The birthday girl – she turned 21 today – sings: “It’s not the breaking up that’s hard, we’ve got that bit down to an art. I would like to stay away, I would but I’m just not that brave.” Ciara met bandmate Alan Farrell through Tinder, becoming acquainted through a mutual appreciation of Angel Olsen and Carly Rae Jepsen. They remained just friends, says the press release, and decided that love’s loss should become music’s gain. You’ll want to swipe right on Bad Sea and ‘Tell Me (What I Mean)’.