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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Song of the Day: Tanjier’s haunting ‘Hymn’
Oct10

Song of the Day: Tanjier’s haunting ‘Hymn’

In case you haven’t come across them before Tanjier are Mick Killen, Tommy Buckley and Ronan Lynch and they create dark electro-pop lurking in the shadows; the sound of isolation in orange dimly lit city streets. They are a trio based in Dublin, Ireland. Previously the band have tackled issues like homelessness, addiction and mental health. Their new single ‘Hymn’ musically documents the growth of the band’s sound which shimmers and pops. Skillfully employing their influences from Talos and James Vincent McMurrow into their own particular niche with haunting lyrics and growling guitar. Lyrically the band continue to hone their songwriting and delve into the darker recesses of human nature. Setting a scene of obsession and infatuation as the protagonist struggles with their lust for a prostitute and their own sexual desires. Tanjier play: October 17 – Ruby Sessions October 20 – Sin...

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Bobby Green gets dirty with new double release from Fontaines
Oct10

Bobby Green gets dirty with new double release from Fontaines

  Review by Bobby Green If you’re looking for a groove so dirty that it’s going to reach inside your guts and shake your very foundations then look no further than Fountaines double A side 7” single ‘Hurricane Laughter / Winter In The Sun.’ This infectious Dublin 5 piece outfit delighted us earlier this year with ‘Liberty Bell’ but have really stepped it up a notch with ‘Hurricane Laughter’ This could well be musician.ie’s single of the year with its gloriously flamboyant video perfectly painting a visual surreal accompaniment to this psychedelic romp with a hook so naughty it should have an 18 certificate. A superb single with a superb video. ‘Winter in the Sun’ has a more familiar Fontaines sound full of blatant Dublin attitude, but I honestly believe that it might get overshadowed by the quality of its shared billing. Catch Fontaines live as they tour Ireland to promote the new single. Sat 7th October- The Button Factory- “Hurricane Laughter/Winter In The Sun” Launch. Thu 12th October- Crane Lane Theatre- Cork Fri 13th October- Brewery Corner- Kilkenny Sat 14th October- The Loft, Galway Wed 18th October- The Shacklewell Arms, London (Fierce Panda/Club Fandango Present) Fri 27th October- Mike The Pies- Listowel, Co. Kerry...

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Bobby Green reviews new offering from Ape Rising
Oct05

Bobby Green reviews new offering from Ape Rising

Review by Bobby Green I never in a million years thought I’d enjoy anything closely resembling Synth progressive music, it takes itself far too seriously for a start and it’s normally the sound of rich kids musically wanking. So why do I like Ape Rising so much? For a start, there is a huge element of fun about this album, I fell in love with the influences from the start. If you grew up playing computer games in the 90’s you’d be in heaven figuring out where these influences come from, you can tell there was great enjoyment in the construction of these songs and this really does come across in the arrangements. I really got the references here, but this isn’t the only reason I like this album. It’s a great body of work as an introduction for me to Ape Rising, a band I’m only just getting to know. Johno Leader, Peter Donohue, Peter Denton, Fran McDonnell & Jimmy Deface are an experimental five piece alternative / Indie /Retro /Synth / Rock band from Co.Cavan and Co. Kildare. They formed in 2015 when Johno and Peter of energetic acoustic act ‘The Radioactive Grandma’ required new arms and legs and so three new lads entered the line up in the guise of Bass (Jimmy), Synth (P.Denton) & Drums (Fran). But don’t be fooled by the enjoyment of this review, Ape Rising is a serious album of exceptional quality. It could also be considered a concept album but I’d hate to put anyone off who runs a million miles away from tags like these because there’s great tracks within this album. And perhaps that’s another reason why I love Ape Rising because it’s AN ALBUM, a work of art that modern critics are trying to kill off because their attention span can’t handle more than 140 characters. Well I’m delighted that I’m still reviewing bands that can keep my attention for 12 tracks. Ape Rising is out now....

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Gillian McGee reviews the new album from Niall Connolly ahead of his dates in Dublin, Galway & Cork
Sep26

Gillian McGee reviews the new album from Niall Connolly ahead of his dates in Dublin, Galway & Cork

Review by Gillian McGee It’s hard to believe that this marks the 8th studio album from Niall Connolly. A little bit because where did the time go. But mainly because when you listen to Dream Your Way Out of This One you can’t help but be struck by its freshness and at times almost raw sound. Connolly is someone who isn’t jaded by the album process or the gigging scene or tempted by the frills of overproduction so it all feels like a new venture.   That’s not to say that this isn’t a polished accomplished album – because it very much is. Niall is based in New York for over ten years and themes of that city, it’s sights and sounds , placing yourself as an immigrant in a strange land (fitting in, being accepted and accepting all that’s around us)  run throughout the album . Connolly collaborates with his New York based band in this album and a lot of what we hear he says is born from the the creative process tied into his New York based music nights called Big City Folk Collective.  There’s beautiful instrumentation (from trumpet, to synths to bird song)  and gorgeous complex sounds throughout but it’s not in your face. Which is important as with an artist like Niall Connolly the lyrics should be to the fore , for he is at the core a folk artist, a poet with a beautiful way with words and the true gift of writing a catchy tune.   The album has a strong opener with ‘Sacre-Couer’. There’s a dreaminess to this song that draws you in and makes you want to follow the stories Connolly tells us,  we want to listen to what makes his heart beat.  ‘Dream your way out of this one’ , the title track  written about the harshness of New York winters is a catchy tune and a total change of pace with a hip hop beat and mantra for us to stick our ears into. Throughout the album you are struck by Connollys sharpness of observation and twisting of common phrases. You are definitely left questioning what exactly are we doing to each other and how we are living life in our ‘little worlds’ these days. The march like quality of ‘I am a Good Man’ is a great example. ‘We look after our own’ he repeats,  how often do we hear that now and so it becomes normalised. But oh no no Connolly says ‘Open Your Eyes’ and lets do much better, I’m living this and you know it’s not how it should be, it’s a very timely topic....

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