You never know where a great recommendation is going to come from. It could come from your best friend, who knows your taste and tailors everything to what you can easily digest. It could come from your other half, who may have a polar opposite taste in music and is trying to get you into the new David Guetta/Loutallica album (please say it didn’t work). And sometimes, it might just be someone on the internet whom you haven’t met before but has such a great taste in music that you’ll follow them to the end of the earth – or just on Twitter. Usually it’s bloggers like Nialler 9 who are leading the charge of helping you, if you’re open to suggestions, to discover new music you might not hitherto discovered. And sometimes it might be a band telling you of a great band they know that they want you to hear.


This is hardly a new ‘internet’ thing. Magazines for years have been asking bands what they’ve been listening to lately. But if the recommendation isn’t simply a band who recently supported them, it’s a band supporting them in the future. If it’s neither, then usually the recommendation is a band so old that they precede records. And that’s the difference maker. On Twitter, or Facebook, Google+ or whatever, there’s no onus on a band to tell you to go listen to something amazing unless they believe it. And they even include a link to the artist’s new song. No trawling for late-night radio shows that played the b-side of a band from the 60s that not even their mums knew existed. All you need to do is click a link and open your ears.

This happened to me yesterday. Browsing through Twitter, one of favourite new Irish bands, Cloud Castle Lake, posted a tweet that could easily have been lost in the timeline. “There’s a new Jon Dots track on here called Carry On Dying. It’s Absolutely incredible.” They also included a link to Jon Dots’s Breaking Tunes page. So I clicked, not knowing if the Jon Dots track would click with me. Having never heard of him before, I didn’t know what to expect. Following onto the Bandcamp page, the face in the image looked really familiar. But it was only while writing this post, more than a day later, that I realised who it bears an uncanny resemblance to: John Spillane, an acoustic guitarist who probably wouldn’t play the type of songs Jon Dots does.

Now none of that’s why I pressed play on ‘Carry On Dying’. It was simply right in front of me. I couldn’t resist. Since first pressing play on the track I have listened to it repeatedly as well as the other two Jon Dots songs available, ‘The Great Dictator’ and ‘Inception’. There’s something not unhinged about Dots, but unknowable. You don’t know how the songs are going to change; if they’re going to change. ‘Carry On Dying’ sounds like a more jittery Tom Vek, if that’s possible, and tells of how the drugs aren’t working for Dots anymore as he finds himself laughing alone on his deathbed with a rattlesnake. And the song reaches another level at the 2.12-minute mark, leaving you laughing along at home, presumably alone on your laptop at the sheer elation/madness of it all. Needless to say, ‘Inception’ and ‘The Great Dictator’ do not sound similar in any way. You’ll enjoy the journey. Find them on Bandcamp, where you can download all three for free.