After a couple weeks off (computer problems – damn you automatic Windows 10 update – and Primavera holiday) the weekly roundup of new Irish music is back. Below are nine new tracks from Irish artists released in the past week as well as the new album from Brigid Mae Power, which is reportedly one of the most beautiful albums you’ll hear this year. I can’t wait to wrap my ears around it. Tweet me @tpoeblog or email me if you’re hawking new tracks/albums and think I’ve missed something.

Hare Squead – ‘If I Ask’
“If I asked you to show me life, would you deny?” Dublin trio Hare Squead‘s major label debut single screams festival smash hit. It doesn’t really feel right listening to the track on repeat at 11am on a Tuesday and yet it does have me jumping around my room pumping the air (that is a lie – in reality I am spinning slightly faster on my computer chair). It kinda sounds like something you’d hear on MTV Base back in 2004 and yet *puts on Zane Lowe voice* it sounds so fresh – you could easily imagine the likes of Lowe and Annie Mac turning this into the sound of summer 2016. ‘If I Ask’ is also on Spotify.

Lisa Hannigan – ‘Prayer For The Dying”
Knots‘ is one of the best songs of the last ten years – and if you don’t agree then we can’t be friends. However, the album on which it starred, 2011’s Passenger, didn’t really follow the upbeat, irreverent, and colourful first single. Not that that’s a bad thing; the album was an affecting, engaging listen. And judging by ‘Prayer For The Dying’, the first single taken from Lisa Hannigan’s third album At Swim, she’s not ready to be lashed with paint again any time soon. This is a gorgeous ballad-like lament that sees her “pushing the edges away from the pier”. Just be prepared for the feels as she recites “your heart, my heart”. The National-endorsed Hannigan releases third album At Swim, produced by Aaron Dessner, on August 19. She’s just started an Irish tour, but practically every date is sold out so I won’t list them so you can’t know how much you messed up by not getting tickets (ahem).

Laura Sheeran – ‘Breathe, Be Alone’
This is a real atmospheric one from Laura Sheeran – and if this is a castoff, well I can’t wait to hear what else she has in store. Sheeran said on Facebook: “Some new music for you! It’s an old unfinished song, unmixed/unmastered – sorry for the quality. Was originally going to be included in my Spellbook project but it sounded too different to everything else and I didn’t know what to do with it… so it sat on a drive for 2 years 😛 feels good to let go of old stuff x”

We Cut Corners – ‘On Avoiding People’
Conall O’Breachain and John Duignan are always good for a bit of wordplay and with ‘On Avoiding People’, the first single from We Cut Corners‘ third album, to be released on the Delphi label, they don’t disappoint: “when I killed you with my kindness did I blind you with my blandness”; “We went from being a dark horse to being a spent force in the space of what seemed like a day and a night”. It’s kinda typical WCC – short, skittery guitars, amazing voices – but since I love them so, I’m not complaining. And at 1.43 minutes it turns into an absolute banger. Conor O’Brien plays bass on the album – he drummed on Owensie’s third album Dramamine last year; he’s just ridiculously talented, right? You can listen to ‘On Avoiding People’ over at Nialler9.
Ships – ‘Around This World’
With ‘Around This World’, over the course of a near-five-minute running time, Ships really take you on a journey. Once you think you’ve got it figured out, it changes tack and makes you guess again. ‘Oh, OK, they make slick RnB now, that’s cool. No wait, this is too funky for RnB. Hang on… this is a banger!” It’s all of those things and so much more. Ships are Sorca McGrath and Simon Cullen and are planning a crowdfunding campaign for their debut album. HERE TAKE ALL MY MONEY JUST GIMME MORE LIKE ‘AROUND THE WORLD’ PLEASE! Nialler9 has the deets.

DJ Deece – ‘Ritual’
Here’s another banger, from Dublin’s DJ Deece. He writes on Facebook: “Just finished my first ever tune. It’s something I’ve been working on for months and months, and I’ve listened to it so many times at this stage that I can’t even tell if it’s good or not anymore haha anyway, I guess I’m pretty proud of it, and I hope you like it too.” Oh yes!

Colm K – ‘Dream’
Anyone who listened to Colm K‘s The Love EP will be weak at the knees just thinking about a new track from the Cork producer. ‘Dream’ is a little more laid back, less full on, but it’s still irresistible. Kenefick writes: “Really glad to be finally able to share some new music…This track, ‘Dream’, is part of a compilation curated by Seven Davis Jr called Future Society, available very soon on R2 Records. Thanks to Stamp The Wax for the preview and Mr. Eoin ‘Walshy’ Walsh for the wickedest moog bass solo near the end!”

Proper Micro NV – ‘Revive’
This is a beauty of a track, a shy couple of piano keys mixing with little else but the deft voice of 22-year-old Limerick-based producer Rory Hall aka Proper Micro NV. “I bring this all back to your feet, I’m trying to revive this,” Hall urges, with a hint of desperation. I certainly can’t resist. This is the first single taken from Proper Micro NV’s EP1, due on June 23.

Altered Hours – ‘Open Wide’
Not exactly a new song, per se, from Cork-based five piece Altered Hours – ‘Open Wide’ is unreleased, yes, but it’s a live favourite and they recorded a video of it for Press Record earlier this year – but they’ve done a version of it for Today FM’s Paul McLoone show, and they just look and sound so badass that I can’t not feature it. If you haven’t checked out debut album In Heat Not Sorry yet, what are you doing with your life?

Brigid Mae Power – Brigid Mae Power
I featured the opening track from Brigid Mae Power‘s new self-titled album back in April and it’s finally arrived. It got 9/10 from Uncut and it’s supposed to be amazing. Listen to it below. I’ll do a proper review for next week.