Bobby Green experiences loss and hope through Elaine Mai’s new EP “The Colour Of The Night”
Jun01

Bobby Green experiences loss and hope through Elaine Mai’s new EP “The Colour Of The Night”

  Review by Bobby Green I’m delighted I invested in a new set of headphone recently because Elaine Mai’s The Colour Of The Night EP sounds absolutely phenomenal through them. Her atmospheric concoctions slowly wrap you up and lift you to a plateau of heavenly delight as you groove along to the sweetest of melodies she has become known for. The EP kicks off with Enniscrone and sets the tone wonderfully for the 5 tracks that are an uplifting delight for the listener. Almost three years in the making, her new EP is a cathartic piece of work which centres around the common human experiences of grief and hope, but you’ll also find elements of pure joy too. Elaine says ‘Over the last few years, I have encountered close personal grief for the first time and this track is about that experience. The melody and movement in the strings are a musical representation of the journey from sorrow and despair to acceptance and hope. Although the person you loved is gone, there is joy in their memory, solace in the time that was shared together and “The Colour of the Night” captures that for me.’ Elaine Mai will be playing the Body and Soul festival, Westmeath // 23rd – 25th June, her music is tailor made for events like this and I’m sure her performance will be one of the ones worth capturing. The Colour Of The Night EP is out...

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Bobby Green writes about his love for “Oh Why” by The Henry Girls
May31

Bobby Green writes about his love for “Oh Why” by The Henry Girls

  Review by Bobby Green From time to time a song will hit you right between the senses and before the chorus you know you’re in love. ‘Oh Why’ is one of these songs and is by far the most beautiful thing I’ve heard this year. The Henry Girls comprise of 3 sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin and their voices combine like a swarm of butterflies fluttering around until you’re enraptured by the quality of the song. ‘Oh Why’ is taken from their album Far Beyond The Stars  where these sisters tap into what has become their own sound, based as it is in roots folk, elements of country, Irish and Americana. The mixture of these ingredients, combined with their intuitive understanding of each other’s melodious vocals, has resulted in their finest collection of songs to date. ‘Oh Why’ is the confident sound of The Henry Girls not only hitting their stride but confidently showing the world that they are a force to be reckoned with on the global market. If this song ignites, which it should, then The Henry Girls should be prepared to say goodbye to loved ones at home for a while because they’ll be people all over the world wanting to hear them play. Here at musician.ie everyone of us have been huge fans of The Henry Girls for ages, they are one of the bands we all have in common as one of our favourites, when you hear Oh Why you’ll understand why. Strength, charm, grace and grit, it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. Far Beyond The Stars is out now and Oh Why is taken from...

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Song of the Day: Stoat “Try Not To Think About It”
May23

Song of the Day: Stoat “Try Not To Think About It”

  Review by Bobby Green Stoat are back again, this time to let us know that things didn’t quite turn out the way they hoped with this beautiful honest look at adult male life today. The single has a punkish reggae feel to it that gives the song an energy that draws you in and holds you down while you dismantle the bitter sweet lyrical journey Stoat are bringing you along. “I never get to see my wife naked anymore. We’re just partners in chores.” As with all of the singles from the forthcoming album you don’t have to dig too deep to find the charm encapsulated within franticness of Stoats delivery. There’s layer upon layer of emotions within their songs, none more so than with “Try Not To Think About It”. It’s witty and charming, but in typical fashion the humour hides a disappointment that men sometimes feel unable to address. It’s nice of you to offer sympathy When I’m feeling sorry for myself – But frankly I was hoping for advice That might be a bit more practical. But this isn’t a cry for help, it’s an insight into the norms of life for a lot of 30 / 40 somethings who are a bit confused about how things turned out. But as the song reminds us ‘Try Not To Think About It’ The album, also called Try Not To Think About It is out in a few months and can’t come soon enough for me. Because with album releases comes live shows, and Stoat are a band to be experienced. But until then the single “Try Not To Think About It” is out now....

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Bobby Green reviews Che Horgan debut album “When The Rivers Rise Again”
May16

Bobby Green reviews Che Horgan debut album “When The Rivers Rise Again”

  Review by Bobby Green Che Horgan is a songwriter from The Peoples Republic Of Cork embarking on a journey evoking images of rivers and seas that permeate this debut album as Horgan navigates the uncharted waters of new and old relationships. This independently released album would normally be a brave step for some but when you hear the quality sprinkled across these exquisitely arranged and perfectly delivered songs you’ll understand that it’s a no brainer. On first listen I was taken aback by the jolly beauty of this little gem, but on further listens I’m astonished that this is a debut album. These songs sound like a seasoned troubadour in full stride. I fell in love instantly when I heard the melodies and arrangements, the sway and flow from track to track over this complete album, because this is an album that needs to be heard as a whole like all great albums should. There’s no low points along this journey that is heavily influenced by Lennon/McCartney, Harry Nilsson and David Gates, but the highly individual approach which runs through track after track transcends any influence to reveal a uniquely personal vision and sound. When The Rivers Rise Again should introduce Che Horgan and his music to an audience way beyond these shores and I believe that his star will ascend to glorious heights. These delightful songs will flirt away with you every time you hear them and you’ll be seduced by their charm as you drift along the rivers with them as they rise to meet you and take you through the nine turns along this journey you’ll remember for a long time to come. When The Rivers Rise Again is available from June 1st...

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Song of the Day: The Strypes “Behind Closed Doors”
May15

Song of the Day: The Strypes “Behind Closed Doors”

  Review by Bobby Green Every question that has been asked of The Strypes so far in their already industrious career they have answered with great aplomb. Their debut EP’s and debut album were killers, but were they a fad, a flash in the pan? Then a glorious 2nd album with continuous live performances around the world putting some more established acts to shame with their attitude and energy. Yes, there were hints of it being a difficult 2nd album during the creation process, but the finished result was a polished sound of a band who knew what they wanted and where they wanted to go, and like nearly everyone I know, we all wanted to go there with them. For us older fans, we’ve seen a few bands come and go, but The Strypes have always been the real deal. Their honesty and intent from day 1 has always been true. When you see them live you’re reminded of how exciting rock n roll can be, and with album number 3 on the way my friends and I are all excited about what are they going to sound like now. To be honest some of us are looking forward to album number 5 and 6 and there are multiple scenarios we’ve been playing around with. But putting our imagination aside for a while there is a third Strypes album on the horizon and “Behind Closed Doors” is the lead single from it. As always they fail to disappoint, this has all the vibes of a 45rpm single, it’s close to perfect. With a late 70’s early 80’s post punk feel to it, you’ll be reminded of Secret Affair with a hint of The Vibrators, but overall you’ll be left with this stomping tune going round and around in your head. It has all The Strypes attitude and swagger you’d expect with a faultless vocal delivery. If this is a taster of ‘Spitting Image’, their next album, then look out anyone who stands in their way. They can move away from the shackles of being the next big thing and take their place among the bigger boys who could learn a thing or two from one of the most exciting bands on the planet right...

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Bobby Green is transported by Joshua Burnside
Apr14

Bobby Green is transported by Joshua Burnside

  Review by Bobby Green The simplicity of one voice and a guitar can sometimes be more powerful than a 30 piece orchestra, it’s what makes music such an intriguing art form. The beauty of the sensory pleasures derived from listening to music are far ranging and can calm and excite, even anger in equal measures. With ‘Blood Drive’ Joshua gently lifts your soul into a meadow of tranquility building to a gentle melody never getting past a canter. It really is a beautiful soundtrack to a sunny afternoon. The single comes with 2 remixes of equal beauty, Ryan Vail and Rachael Boyd providing the atmosphere for you to chill out to. ‘Blood Drive’ is taken from Joshua’s forthcoming album Ephrata set for release May 5th. There’s an apocalyptic theme running throughout the record and much of the album is about PTSD. Joshua explains; “How something as routine as getting your blood taken can set off a fight or flight style anxiety attack, all of a sudden it’s as if the world is ending. ”The whole album is more dramatic and songs like “Tunnels pt 2” is rockier than anything he has done before. The arrangements are bolder and more colourful and there’s a greater sense of urgency. It is balanced out by a lighter side, with upbeat tracks such as “Ephrata” and “Unrequited Kind” belying the serious lyrical themes. Blood Drive is out now – Ephrata is out May 5th https://soundcloud.com/quietarch/blood-drive-joshua-burnside...

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