A&R Department: 1000 Beasts, Blooms, New Pagans, Xona, Kid Karate, Pastiche
As panto season looms – oh no, it isn’t! – we bring you a festive feast of excellent new Irish music.
1000 Beasts is at its best on ‘I Wish’, a beautifully lazy and glitchy groover, which even in mid-November sounds like summer.
Co-written by Orla Gartland and April, Cian Sweeney’s latest opus features the honeyed tones of Waterford’s Carrie Mullane whose own Tears of a madman Five-tracker is expected in January.
With over 15 million live streams under its assumed name, 1000 Beasts also has good reason to look forward to 2022.
Blooms, aka Mayo musician Louise Cunnane, responds to Sarah Everard’s murder with “Text Me When You Get Home,” a haunting slice of ambient pop, which follows an EP coming out at the start of the New Year.
âKeep your keys and be a good girl,â she sings vehemently at the idea that it is women who need to change their behavior rather than men who commit these heinous crimes.
It’s the latest in a long line of quality tracks – watch ‘Fall’, ‘Bare Bones’ and ‘Love’ to begin with – from the now London-based singer who has spent six years building a dedicated following and could be ready for (again!) a commercial breakthrough Ã la Orla Gartland.
If you’re looking for touching and sultry R&B, look no further than Xona’s first six-tracker, In my head, which also has its jazz and gospel moments.
Assembled with different producers in London, Dublin and Berlin where he signed on the Welcome To The New World label, it portends very big things in front of the singer born in Lagos who moved here at the age of ten and quotes The Weeknd, Prince and Lorde as key influences.
It took five long years of preparation, but Kid Karate was finally able to follow up his self-titled 2016 album with Roosevelt Hotel.
Her smooth production shine reflects both their declared love for AOR and also the time they spent living and working in Los Angeles.
“We weren’t going to release it but what is the point?” they say a little confusing given the crisp writing of the song.
After having already offered us “Bertie Ahern Is A Dirty Cunt”, Kilkenny MC Captain Moonlight returns with the TÃ¡naiste-baiting “A Brief History Of Leo-Liberalism”.
As melodic and intelligent as it is scathing, the song hits its targets with a precision worthy of an Exocet and would liven up daytime radio in this endless country!
Steve Wickham, Pat Byrne and RTÃ Concert Orchestra conductor Joe Csibi are among the guests at Burn so hard, the magnificent debut album by Dutch-born, Dublin-based Jane Willow, whose voice soars, skyrockets, and generally does wonderful things throughout.
Billed as a message of “hope, resilience and never give up,” the lead single “Let There Be Light” is accompanied by a drone video of Ireland and its Rainbow Coalition people. skies that look fabulous.
FIFA Records got another hit with the signing of First Class & Coach, a quartet from West Cork who recently completed the recording of their second album, Neon Hip, with Pere Ubu’s man, Tony Maimone, in Black Box Studios in France.
Compared to The Kills, Velvet Underground, No Wave-rs from New York and (by me) Poison Girls, they have gained ground here and in Germany, and according to the look of their performance video “Lullaby” will be worth it. to be seen. live early next year when they tour to support their latest flight of musical fantasy.
Another new release from the House of FIFA this month is ‘This Place’, the new single from Klubber Lang which, with an assortment of male Revelino, (sic) and Mexican Pets in their ranks, qualifies as a true Irish independent supergroup.
It sounds like The Birthday Party covering the theme of Peter Gunn – if you’re under forty it will make perfect sense, but it’s true! – it’s available November 26th on their Bandcamp with all the money going to the guys if you buy it that day.
âAlmost a year ago I decided to release music under a stage name and book a show with no booker, PR or direction and no idea how I would do it. Tonight I’m playing to a full house at Whelan’s with five singles, four music videos and 100,000 streams to my credit. Thank you!”
That was Pastiche’s triumphant tweet earlier this month when the ‘full house’ signs were put up on Wexford Street. âBad Loser,â the latest in this series of radio singles, which is all dark beats and a whispered Billie Eilish voice, was a treat.
New Pagans advance their post-punk cause with ‘Find Fault With Me’, their first new track since last year The seed, the vessel, the roots and all Album. It’s melodic but evil so with guitars tuned, as always, to stun.
The Belfast quartet is signed to Big Scary Monsters, the independent Oxford label that has already brought us artists like The Dispute, Beach Slang and Modern Baseball.
Catch them at Dublin Academy 2 (December 9) and Limelight 2, Belfast (16), where the Christmas cheer will be of the dark-hued variety.