All through December, we’ll have interviews and features with Irish acts helping us to round up the past year or so. You can see all the interviews so far here. Today’s star is Liza Flume. The Dublin-based Australian singer released her debut EP Full Steam Ahead at the beginning of the year and hasn’t looked back yet. She supports Halves and Come On Live Long in Triskel Christchurch this Friday, December 13. Tickets available here.
Lumigraph must’ve been a seafaring man in a former life: he released an album entitled Nautically inclined on Opal Tapes earlier this year and is following that up with the Yacht Cruiser EP on Brooklyn’s Mister Saturday Night label. Clocking in at over six and a half minutes, Gareth Smyth has created a pretty killer summer tune, where the synth wobbles and whomps everywhere you could possibly want it to, where the hi-hat ticks along nicely, where the vocals sneak into the room and own it. According to the accompanying blurb to the track, Smyth “spent the summer of 2012 living in New York City. He filled his time recording sounds of the streets, making music in a small apartment and going out to parties, which is how he met the Mister Saturday Night guys. The songs on The Yacht Cruiser EP were all recorded in Brooklyn, and they are his first tracks ever to be pressed on vinyl.”
Over the course of December, we’ll be running a series of interviews with Irish acts reflecting on the past 12 months, how it was for them and for music in general.You can read all the interviews to date here. Crayonsmith is the latest act to be featured.
Dublin trio Crayonsmith released their third album Milk Teeth via Out On A Limb in October. They support Villagers and Jape at Seapoint in Galway on Saturday, December 14.
Live at the Marquee begins its 10th instalment at the docklands in Cork next June. Cliff Richard, Dolly Parton and the Coronas are among the names confirmed so far. This morning, it was announced that Elbow would be coming to Cork on June 24, with Pixies playing the Marquee on June 30. Glastonbury takes place from June 25-29 so presumably both acts will also be heading to Worthy Farm. Pixies are supporting Arcade Fire in Marlay Park on June 29, so expect to see them to play Glasto too. While ticket details for the Arcade Fire show are still under wraps, tickets for Elbow‘s show on Tuesday, June 24, go onsale this Thursday, December 12, for the princely sum of €49.65 plus booking fees. Pixies play the Marquee on Monday, June 30. Tickets go onsale this Friday, December 13, for €44.50 plus booking fees. CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
The Late David Turpin – ‘Fur’
Directed by Turpin himself, alongside Mark Duggan – who shot the wonderful cover for We Belong Dead – ‘Fur’ is one of the more beautifully simplistic videos of the year. It’s been a good 2013 for the singer – he talked about the year last week, in our 2013 round up.
Le Galaxie – ‘Lucy Is Here’
This is the only new piece of music we’ve heard from the Dublin band in about 18 months. Two minutes long, it just about satiates the hunger for new music; the video more than compensates, though. It’s a rushed slasher film, directed by Greg Corcoran and Steve Mac Devitt, and features the four members of Le Galaxie’s heads on pitchforks – what’s not to like? The band play Nialler9′s eighth birthday party in the Olympia late on Friday night.
No Monster Club – ‘Those Little Bastards’
One of the most prolific bands in the country return with a new album, Foie Gras, this Friday. ‘Those Little Bastards’ closes the LP, and the video was shot around America on an iPhone 3. DON’T THEY LOOK HAPPY?!?!?
Spies – ‘Distant Shorelines’
Recalling Feel Good Lost’s video for Jape’s ‘The Oldest Mind’, SecondFrame‘s clip for Dublin band Spies mixes mirrored faces with nature and the November sun that we associate with the band.
Over the course of December, we’ll be running a series of interviews with Irish acts reflecting on the past 12 months, how it was for them and for music in general. As part of the 2013 round-up there may also be a couple of lists to sink your ears in to as well. Here’s the fifth act to be featured in the round-up, Bouts.
Dublin four-piece Bouts released their debut album Nothing Good Gets Away in October, the culmination of a couple years of toil and work that stretches back to 2010/11. They’re currently in Dingle, playing some gigs at Other Voices – what a way to cap off their year. Below, Daniel (drums), Niall (bass), Barry (guitar, vocals) and Colin (guitar) recap their year, talk about their latest video, and reveal the music they’ve been enjoying most this year. (DOI, I put on Bouts in De Barra’s in Clonakilty and Mr Bradleys’s in Cork last month.)
Coasting in on an underwater bassline, ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’ is an unexpected treat from Richie Egan aka Jape and Conor ‘Villagers‘ O’Brien. Egan says he had been sitting on it for a while but because of some upcoming Irish dates supporting Villagers, including the Savoy in Cork on Monday, December 16, he decided to forge ahead with it. You can imagine ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’ fitting snugly alongside some of the bigger tracks on Ocean of Frequency, slowly and subtly becoming your favourite track (the title track is my favourite song on that album, by the way). It’s a swirling sea of synth and late-night bass riffs, one where Egan says he’s “drawn a sacrifice”. “I need the soft protection that no other could supply,” he tells us later as he drifts off towards a faded rainbow. He conjures some beautiful images, like the opening line: “Bewitching weakness appears at my gate” and “Her love song’s the sweet release, the unfinished boats we were building that sank on the chemical sea”. I don’t think O’Brien’s vocals feature but Egan’s hint at sadness. He writes about its roots below the song.
Over the course of December, we’ll be running a series of interviews with Irish acts reflecting on the past 12 months, how it was for them and for music in general. As part of the 2013 round-up there may also be a couple of lists to sink your ears in to as well. Here’s the fourth act to be featured in the round-up, Sleep McEvox.
Steve McEvoy has been making music for a number of years, with the duo Datadrip and then under the moniker Sleep McEvox. Earlier this year, he released an eponymous EP on the acclaimed Bad Panda Records, played Hard Working Class Heroes shortly after, then headed on his travels to South America. He tells us about his year below.
Diamond Dagger and Goodtime (John) have teamed up to become Chrystyne. They say the project came into fruition a few months ago with the common goal to summon a hybrid of electronic music, mixing both analogue and digital elements, keeping one foot in pop and another in the psychedelic sphere. Diamond Dagger actually remixed Goodtime’s track ‘Diamonds’ last year, so they have history together. The pair uploaded ‘Time Is An Arrow’ in the past week and it points to great things ahead. “So much beauty I can’t describe,” Goodtime sings, ably describing how I feel about the track. The setting is that time when you’re “walking home when the city is just waking”. It’s a brilliant track, one with an infectious hook. Can’t wait to hear more from them. Chrystyne are working on an EP to be released next year.
Over the course of December, we’ll be running a series of interviews with Irish acts reflecting on the past 12 months, how it was for them and for music in general. As part of the 2013 round-up there may also be a couple of lists to sink your ears in to as well. Here’s the third act to be featured in the round-up, Leanne Harte.
Leanne Harte released her first EP in a number of years this summer. She had taken a break from music after some initial success around 2007. Now shorn of management and going it alone, Leanne crowdfunded Restless Sleepers at the start of 2013 and unveiled it in July. Five tracks long, it’s a reminder of how talented she is. I interviewed Leanne around the release of the EP here. Below she talks about how her year was, the music she enjoyed as well as the movies and TV shows that stood out.