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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 […]

floor staff

Dublin’s Anthony Donnelly aka Floor Staff released a fine debut EP three years ago and got the Bob Gallagher video treatment. But it’s been pretty quiet for a while – that’s all going to change now though. ‘Saviour’ continues in a similar chilled out, synthy way to his previous tracks – and is also pretty […]

myles manley relax cover

Myles Manley, that most idiosyncratic of musicians, from Sligo, is back with ‘Relax; Enjoy Your Night Upon The Town’. With a rarely spotted semi-colon in the title, the song proceeds at an increasingly paranoid pace. “They’re coming after me and then they’re coming after you,” he warns. The ‘relax’ of the song title sounds almost […]

yonen tokyo cover

A four piece – Anthony Breslin (drums), Cian Finlay (guitar/electonics), Cathal Mckenna (bass) and Alan Dooley (guitar) – from Dublin, Yonen‘s debut single ‘Tokyo’ sounds like Adebisi Shank at 4am in a jazz club. Just shy of seven minutes, it’s all instrumental and feels like it’s got ideas to spare. It goes through a couple […]

feather beds

Dublin artist Feather Beds aka Michael Orange is planning to release his second album, Blooming, in the summer and has just unveiled the new single to be taken from it. ‘Headache Dreams’ is a real headphones song – there are vocals in there but they’re so dreamy, so airy, that they’re just floating away in […]

In no particular order, here are some of the acts I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more from in the next 12 months. Some are already established artists while some are just starting out and haven’t even released a single yet. So hopefully you’ll find something new with which to fall in love. I […]


Louise Bruton, in the Irish Times, wrote of Bantum‘s second album Move: “With familiar names such as Rusangano Family, Loah and newcomer Farah Elle featuring, it’s an exact guide of who we should be listening to right now.” At Bello Bar last Friday night, which me and two fellow Cork people stumbled across after consulting […]

bad sea solid air cover

Dublin duo Bad Sea, Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell, recently unveiled their debut single, ‘Solid Air’. They wrote on Facebook: “This song means the world to us and we are so excited to be sharing it with you today.” Over a louche and linguid backdrop, Thompson declares that when she was younger, “I was beautiful […]


Participant is Dublin-based musician Stephen Tiernan. He’s been working on his debut EP for about a year and today released Bit Slow into the world. Despite the long time working on the release, he chants on second track ‘Shelter’: “I’m not waiting, I never was.” The song titles should be an indication of what lies […]

dear desert

Dear Desert are ploughing similar terrain to the likes of Talos, Woman’s Hour and Banks, that delicate, ethereal dream pop music. A three piece from Dublin, there’s groove to what Richie Fenton, Brendan Millar and James O’Donnell are doing. Co-produced by Darragh ‘Sacred Animals’ Nolan, ‘Gift Above’ is a gorgeous song built around distant drums […]