Archive: February 2018
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Limerick four-piece Casavettes follow up their string of singles from last year with the rollicking ‘Winter Smoke’. “I’m sorry I don’t want this to end,” sings Diarmuid Ó Sé halfway through – a fair sentiment. Completed by Mike Hennessy (bass), James Poole (guitar) and Stephen Ryan (drums), Casavettes are part of the DIY LK collective […]

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Fresh from a stellar show with Tandem Felix at Quarter Block Party, Ena Brennan aka Dowry has released her debut single, ‘In É’. Living on the edge, it comes across like a film soundtrack, something that wouldn’t be out of place in a Paul Thomas Anderson film (I really have to see Phantom Thread). I […]

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Dublin’s Motions today reveal their debut EP, The Late Night Calls. They released a couple of singles last year but are ratcheting things up a notch early in 2018. The title track rolls along with the “lies we have to live” later proclaiming that “It’s not too late”. ‘Back & Forth’ is the highlight of […]

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Kildare artist Eithne Ní Chatháin aka Inni-K released the underrated album The King Has Two Horse’s Ears in 2015 and returns with charming new single ‘Edges’. It precedes an album promised later in the year and a tour over the next few weeks. “I used to want the burning sun that burned itself up, now […]

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Two of my favourite singer-songwriters, Maria Kelly and Ailbhe Reddy, have joined forces for the expectedly swoonsome ‘Threads’. “How can you be so indifferent, won’t you even try to lie,” implores Kelly, Reddy later admitting “it’s so pathetic I can’t be alone”. Their tale of a not-quite-there relationship unravels as the lovely, sad track swells. […]

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Dublin act Katie Laffan was one of my highlights at Other Voices in December and she’s starting 2018 off strong with the first track off a new EP. ‘Aversion’ sees the loquacious Laffan declare: “I don’t want to be that person anymore, suddenly I feel aversion.” It all plays out over a synth-funk groove that […]

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Galway artist Laoise is among a slew of really exciting female acts who are going to dominate Irish music in 2018. ‘Bother’, which follows the single ‘Rich’ and the Halfway EP last year, is just more evidence of this, a slow pop song that oozes confidence and a chorus filled with ideas that’ll have you […]

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Ae Mak return with a new lineup and their first single since last year’s stellar ‘I Walk‘. Aoife McCann is the sole frontperson now, Ellie McMahon having departed. A four piece now, the Dublin group is completed by Daniel McIntyre, Dylan Povey, and Peter Kelly. “I finally understand you but I don’t want to, I […]