Reviving Bobby Green’s faith in the album meet The Crayon Set’s new release
Oct23

Reviving Bobby Green’s faith in the album meet The Crayon Set’s new release

  Review by Bobby Green It’s not often I’m lost for words, but after hearing Lost Languages I’m finding it difficult to summon up worthy praise for this delicately beautiful album.  It plays upon your heart strings early on, laying you down and lulling you into a tranquil sense of ethereal warmth with glowing embers lighting up your soul. And just when you think it’s safe to just – let – go ‘ATTACK’ slaps you about your face and wakes you up reminding you that your full attention is needed. There’s been so much nonsense written by modern journalists about the death of the album, but I believe that these lazy blaggers honestly have no love for their job because Lost Languages is very much alive and with so much diversity flowing from my speakers it’s impossible not to fall in love with The Crayon Set, but ultimately fall in love with this album. “Closed Lines”,  “I can’t say No”, “O’Connell Street” are songs that tell a story together, on an album. In a world where even the people we are supposed to trust with our art are telling us we don’t have the attention span to appreciate the creative beauty of an album, Lost Languages reminds us of how wonderful this art form is.  This isn’t a wake-up call, far from it, but never underestimate the power of a gentle whisper. This is an album of real beauty, something not only they should be proud of but an album that Dublin should be proud of. I only wished it was on vinyl because something this good deserves it. My problem with CD’s or MP3’s is you don’t build a relationship with the art, perhaps this is where my earlier complaint about journalists has its roots. With vinyl you commit to the music because of the ritual of how you listen to that format. Because this is an album you want to get to know better, you want to spend more time with it and have a connection beyond the digital play button. Lost Languages lives, breathes, and has a pulse. It holds your attention as well as your...

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If really good alternative rock is your thing then Bobby Green recommends Deep Sky Objects
Oct21

If really good alternative rock is your thing then Bobby Green recommends Deep Sky Objects

  Review by Bobby Green Alternative Rock has become a bit of a dirty phrase over the last few years with so many bands not quite knowing where they are or where they are going, knocking out mediocre music hoping for mainstream attention. At the core of any great music, be it folk or pop or rock with the many sub genres within each category there has to be truth. And for quite a while now there has been nothing much to believe in. But as transgloble underground told me, ‘Watch The Sky, Keep Looking’ Deep Sky Objects are a Cork based 3 piece consisting of Kevin and Thomas O’Brian providing guitars, drums and vocals while DD Foley thunders in with the bass so sharp you’ll be in danger of slicing up your ear drums if you play them too loud. This impressive EP came out last month but is getting a ‘hard’ release on CD so much has been the demand. The 5 tracks on offer here could all have been lead singles, if this is the quality they are delivering at this moment in time then an album should launch these lads stratospheric. This music is for a mass market, but unlike a lot of the stuff on offer right now these songs have meat and bones on them that’ll make your balls tingle. I love the production here, it’s so crisp and defined. When the album is ready, and with the right campaign Deep Sky Objects should have no bother achieving even greater...

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Bobby Green recommends the Magic of NC Grey
Oct20

Bobby Green recommends the Magic of NC Grey

Review by Bobby Green As the days turn into nights on these autumnal months the darkness brings with it a chill that needs to be kept at bay. Fires are lit, and soundtracks are chosen to accompany the soft crackle of the fire while the burning embers dance their way up the chimney.  On these long cold nights we sometimes call upon some old friends for company. Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane’s Love Supreme alone has kept me warm for a whole winter such is the strength of its magic. But now there’s a new Magic, a voice from Dublin based singer NC Grey that takes me back to old loves so much so that it feels like I’ve known her voice all my life. This debut EP will have you swaying just like your mamma used to. If you love old school jazz and R&B swathed in soulful beauty with a voice as crisp as a summers morning then Magic is the must have EP this autumn to keep you warm on these long cold nights, It feels like NC Grey has poured everything into these 4 tracks showcasing her vocal talents and song writing ability. She seems to have a Sade like ability to tell a story so beautifully that she could sing the phone book and you’d still think it was a wonderful story. Magic is out now. NC Grey is most certainly one to look out for in 2018, but I fear these tiny shores wont be able to hold her for much longer afterwards.  Catch her while you can, this star is about to...

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Bobby Green takes a look at the new EP from  Atlas Zero
Oct18

Bobby Green takes a look at the new EP from Atlas Zero

  Review by Bobby Green The peoples republic have a knack of raising the bar when it comes to great music and Atlas Zero are aiming to raise standards yet again with their debut self-titled and self-produced EP.  Formed back in 2013, they were all introduced to one another through mutual friends. As of early this year they all decided to pursue the band full time and have certainly set the marker down in delivering this EP. Atlas Zero blends atmospheric rock with epic orchestral symphony’s and electronic elements. Speaking about their sound they say that their approach is to create anthemic, over exaggerated soundscapes yet retaining beauty in their melodies. One thing that really impressed me was the overall look of Atlas Zero, it’s an easy mistake to think that ‘a look’ doesn’t matter but lead guitarist Cian who is also a photographer has really put the work in to create a look, something so many bands don’t even think about, and ultimately why so many bands never get past the 1st hurdle. A simple band logo could be all that’s needed to get ahead today and Atlas Zeros is beautiful in its simplicity. The EP was recorded in Dan’s (vocalist / rhythm guitarist) family home in Monkstown in a small 8x10ft room in the house. The goal of this was to emphasise the fact that artists can create and produce professional sounding music without the need for expensive recording studios. Atlas Zero are a creative force to be reckoned with and it’s a joy to see a band come along who have an idea about the look, feel, smell, touch of their art. Atlas Zero is out today  ...

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Song of the Day: Ailbhe Reddy “The Tube”
Oct13

Song of the Day: Ailbhe Reddy “The Tube”

  Review by Bobby Green I’ve always fallen in love with the truth, it’s the difference between ok and excellence. In relationships we prefer the truth to the falsehoods of just getting by, even if the truth is mundane. If you can’t think of anything to say then why fill the gaps with conversational wallpaper as tiresome as the mock William Morris reproductions found in late 80’s curry houses. With ‘The Tube’ we find Dublin Singer Songwriter Ailbhe Reddy caught in that dilemma of not knowing what to say or how to express herself while being left with only small gestures. Alibhe delivers a diamond vocal here wrapped up in her beautiful lyrical honesty, you couldn’t ask for more from her. She first began to attract attention in 2014 when her first single, ‘Flesh & Blood’ garnered excellent reviews. Reddy has gone on to feature on every major festival line up in the UK and Ireland, such as Glastonbury, Latitude, The Great Escape, Cambridge Folk Festival, Electric Picnic and Body & Soul. Ailbhe has also begun to break out internationally after signing a worldwide publishing deal with London-based publishing house, BDi Music. ‘The Tube’ is out now. Catch Ailbhe live this autumn: Oct 18 – Black Box Studio, Belfast Oct 19 – Roisin Dubh, Galway Oct 20 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork Oct 21 – Whelans, Dublin Oct 27 – Liverpool Philharmonic Oct 28 –The Met, Bury Oct 29 – Oporto, Leeds Oct 30 – Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury Nov 01 – The Canteen, Bristol Nov 02 – St Pancras Old Church, London Listen to The Tube...

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Gillian McGee reviews debut EP from Raine
Oct11

Gillian McGee reviews debut EP from Raine

Review by Gillian McGee Raine (Lorraine Hogan) who is a Cork based artist has just released her self titled debut EP and it’s truly a thing of beauty.  Jam packed with atmosphere, imagery and a real soundtrack vibe there is no doubt a very personal style to these songs . All backed up her haunting vocals and strong songwriting you will be left with a real lasting impression after just one listen. The songs in Raine cover a range of topics but are tied together with a deep personal undertow.  Wake up is a world class song written about Raine’s friend who had fallen into a coma.  There is really gut wrenching plea to the song and the production on it (and the entire EP) is just gorgeous.  Burnt  and Honey Baby are both catchy and full of attitude and deal with affairs of the heart and finding her inner strength. Breathe Me featuring some beautiful cello is entirely sensual and wraps you up in a floating cocoon. The entire EP is a far cry from your typical understanding of a singer songwriter, it’s on another level and  if you are a fan of bands like the XX then this ep is definitely for you. It’s important too to say that these are very real songs full of emotion and beautiful lyrics. Raine will launch her debut EP in Aula Maxima at University College Cork on Wednesday October 11th with a full band. Her performance will be accompanied with a video project and it’s reflected in these songs that she is really a multidisciplinary artist with a very interesting and bright future The EP is available now to...

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