Three singles in and twin pop duo ROOUE are back with their brand new release, ‘Bad Blood’ which is out on all streaming services today, Friday, March 26th 2021. Twins Ro & Lo wrote the song and it was produced by Diffusion Lab.
‘Bad Blood’ takes ROOUE on a change of pace but still true to their connection with music and each other with the use of signature blended harmonies and diverse counter melodies.
ROOUE’s last single ‘Flavour’ smashed into the RadioMonitor Top 100, a big achievement for an independent release and proves, the girls are on the road to the top!
Gavin Murphy has today announced he will be releasing a brand new single ‘The Sound Of Heartbreak’. This is a follow up single from his current debut album ‘45 RPM (Replay Past Memories)’. The single is due for release on Friday, 26th March 2021.
Living on Ireland’s north-west coast, Gavin Murphy hails from Dublin’s North Side. His debut album ‘45 RPM (Replay Past Memories)’ was recorded and produced by Gavin in his home studio in Sligo.
Speaking about his new single ‘The Sound Of Heartbreak’, Gavin says “Heartbreak is a rite of passage that nobody escapes. You suffer from it, you inflict it – don’t kid yourself otherwise. It will keep happening until you learn from it and finally make peace with the scars.”
Working with Gavin on this track was producer Ger McDonnell (U2, Def Leppard) along with Robbie Malone (David Gray) on bass and Paul Byrne on drums and Saoirse Kavanagh on backing vocals.
Gavin is the lead guitarist and band manager of the successful Smiths tribute band These Charming Men, which he formed in 1995.
Following his first release ‘Nothing New Under The Sun’, Peter Doran is back with his second offering ‘Blue Mountains’ featuring artist Haley Heynderickx. ‘Blue Mountains’ released today, 26th March 2021 and is taken from his upcoming album ‘Voices’, due for release 7th May 2021.
Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media.
Peter Doran explains, “Everyone carries about an idea of Paradise. A dream-perfect world in which to live out their days. Blue Mountains is the tale of a clean living, God fearing man whose only wish is to leave the world behind and set up home forever with his sweetheart deep in the Blue Mountains. Where are his Blue Mountains? Our love-struck protagonist has never been there, couldn’t point them out on any map… but he’s been there in a song. It’s a story-book romance for him and it’s just enough to keep him keeping on.
When I was growing up, I had a musical mentor in an incredible local guitar player named Vinny Baker. He passed away suddenly in 2013 and a few years later his acoustic guitar came to me. Blue Mountains was the first song I wrote on that guitar. I believe it was waiting in the instrument. A gift from its former owner. I was joined by US Songwriter Haley Heynderickx on harmony vocals on this recording. We sang side by side, on the first day of recordings for my upcoming album ‘Voices’.”
Peter Doran is an independent Irish singer-songwriter and musician. ‘Voices’, the fifth studio album from the Mullingar native, was awarded a MISP grant to help fund its release.
Recorded and Co-produced by Hally at Arthouse Studios in Naas throughout 2019/20, ‘Voices’ features extensive contributions from multi-instrumentalist Lenny Cahill (Piano / Drums / Bass / Organ) and special guest vocals from US Songwriter Haley Heynderickx and Emmett Tinley (The Prayer Boat). String duties were shared by Dublin-based composer/arranger Mary Barnecutt and Peter’s long-term collaborator Gerard Toal.
‘Every Little Thing’ from his 2012 album ‘Overhead the Stars’ has been played over 1,300,000 times on Spotify and is the theme tune for the American podcast series “The Minimalists”.
In recent years Peter has headlined shows in Holland, Germany, England, Ireland, Belgium and New York and opened shows for Mick Flannery, The Lone Bellow, Declan O’Rourke, Fionn Regan and Duke Special.
Out today 26th March, the debut album from a new project Kʒːlu – a solo project of musician and composer Patrick Hatchett – on vinyl and digital.
In Hatchett’s words, this record, “brings together the sonic flavours, human influences and cultural experiences gathered over my many musical years. Reflective tales from late night afrobeat jams to early Sunday Gospel duties. Exhaustive travel and touring with legendary Jamaican artists, to intimate jazz gigs in a cosy South London pub. The exquisite feeling of solitude and reflection in nature against the energy and kinship of a frenetic dance floor with a stacked sound system… A globally inspired search for a connection and commonality; wild nights dancing, the wild characters amongst us, the innate wildness of my surroundings.”
The project is phonetically named after the curlew, his favourite bird to be seen around the West Cork area where he now lives, having moved from London in recent years.
The record includes collaborations with UK Bengali musician Idris Rahman on flute (Soothsayers, Anoushka Shankar, Wildflower, Zoe Rahman); and Irish musicians Seán Mac Erlaine on Bass Clarinet; Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (The Gloaming, Underground Resistance) and Justin Grounds on Violin (The Vespertine Quintet, Fir Beag).
Buy/Stream ‘K3:LU’ (Curlew) now via:
Saint Sister’s second album ‘Where I Should End’ will be released on June 25th via FUGA. Their brand-new single, ‘Karaoke Song’, and accompanying video directed by Algorithm Productions is out now.
Building on the stunning, folk-driven harmonies that formed their debut album, new single ‘Karaoke Song’ showcases an elevated sound for Saint Sister – combining their signature ethereal vocals with a fresh, pop-driven melody.
The official video, filmed in Algorithm’s studios on Capel Street in Dublin, playfully riffs on the karaoke theme, with visuals spanning ‘80s rocker chic to a homage to the golden MTV age of the ‘90s. Directors Kev Freeney and Janna Kempermann said the following of the collaboration, “We were excited to peruse a new visual language for the band that was both complimentary while giving a new visual perspective for their new single. Inspired by the songs’ theme the video is a nostalgic expression of the moments we miss and look forward to sharing again with our friends and family.”
Saint Sister’s new record ‘Where I Should End’ is an incredibly hands-on project, with every track written, arranged and produced by the band – seeing Morgana and Gemma confidently evolving into their distinct roles as songwriter and producer. The duo are resolutely independent and decided they would self-release their sophomore album after returning to Dublin from their prematurely cancelled US tour with Keane, sadly cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Where I Should End’ was recorded at The Meadow Studio, Co. Wicklow with Rian Trench and mixed in Berlin with Benedikt MacIsaac. Layering synths and drum machines with harp, strings and piano, the record opens new sonic avenues for Saint Sister, while showcasing their most honest song-writing to date. New single ‘Karaoke Song’ follows tracks ‘Dynamite’ and ‘The Place That I Work’ featuring Lisa Hannigan, both released last year.
Tracklist 1. My Brilliant Friend 2. Dynamite 3. Karaoke Song 4. The Place That I Work (feat. Lisa Hannigan) 5. Irish Hour 6. Date Night 7. Oh My God Oh Canada 8. Manchester Air 9. House 9 10. Any Dreams?
The distinctive suits worn by Gemma and Morgan were specially commissioned from rising fashion designer Aideen Gaynor, who took inspiration from a collection of work housed in the National Gallery by Susan and Elizabeth Yeats, pioneers of the Irish Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the century and sisters of renowned Irish poet W.B, and painter Jack B Yeats.
The album follows their 2018 debut ‘Shape of Silence’, which received critical acclaim and nominations for both Album of The Year at the 2018 RTE Choice Music Prize and the Northern Irish Music Prize. Following its release, Saint Sister have toured extensively through Europe and the US, with sell-out shows at venues including London’s Omeara and Dublin’s Pepper Canister. The band also have supported the likes of Hozier, Keane, and Lisa Hannigan on their international tours. Hailing from the north of Ireland, songwriter Morgana MacIntyre and producer Gemma Doherty met in Dublin in 2014, before going on to release their debut EP ‘Madrid’ the following year.
In celebration of the release of his brand new, Paul Weller-produced album ‘Arrivals’, award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has teamed up with Irish Arts Center New York and Moment House to bring you his first live concert since 2019, in a global live-streamed event from Ireland’s National Abbey Theatre on Wednesday 14 April at 8pm BST.
Declan will be joined by very special guests, and will play a collection of songs from his new ‘Arrivals’ album, out on Friday April 9th. Buy tickets here: momenthouse.com/declanorourke
There will also be the option to purchase tickets to the Afterparty for exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and in-depth conversations with Declan and his guests.
In late January, Declan once again enhanced his reputation as a formidable live performer with a showcase as part of the prestigious UK AmericanaFest: “The breakthrough act who took it to another level was Declan O’Rourke” – Holler. This special album launch show will be a treat for fans around the world, and a chance to hear unique live versions of the much-praised new songs on ‘Arrivals’.
Recorded over six days at Black Barn studios in Surrey, with Paul Weller producing, ‘Arrivals’ sees Declan O’Rourke present the most emotionally raw and affecting album of his career, which is already garnering rave reviews. Pre-order: https://lnk.to/DOR-Arrivals
O’Rourke’s last album ‘Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine’, documented rare first-hand accounts from that devastating period of Irish history and garnered numerous awards. His writing is much admired and covered by fellow artists, most notably his classic 2004 song ‘Galileo’ which has been recorded by Eddi Reader and Josh Groban amongst others.
Declan O’Rourke with very Special Guests – Arrivals Album Launch
Livestream from the Abbey Theatre Dublin
IE/UK/EU – 8pm BST/9pm CEST (14 April)
Americas – 9pm EDT/6pm PDT (14 April)
Australia/NZ/Asia – 8pm AEST (15 April)
Watch the videos for the below singles;
The Stars Over Kinvara – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEDs8AMr4OM
In Painters’ Light – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmgNFpFY3DU
Andy Sells Coke –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tC27B1q9h0
The Harbour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN2NaDbmAUk
Arrivals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvX6ltlWP5Q
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Cork City-based singer-songwriter Hank Wedel will release a brand new single as part of his ongoing “Bandcamp Exclusive” series on Monday, March 29th.
‘Poe Park 2AM’ is the first offering of Hank’s work with well known Irish producer Declan Sinnott last year, 2020, in between lockdowns and is the first shot out of the cannon of 10 songs they’ve recorded for release later this year.
The song, detailing a real life incident in NYC 30 years ago, features the vocals of Mary Greene with contributions from Hank’s “Open Kitchen” band mates James O’Sullivan and Brian Carroll.
A video will follow on Friday, April 2nd to coincide with “Bandcamp Friday”, a monthly promotion when Bandcamp gives all the sales royalties to the artists who sell tracks on that day.
Over the past year, we have been treated to a breath-taking wave of ambient music works by Dublin-based musician, filmmaker, and director Myles O’Reilly, under the moniker [Indistinct Chatter].
Earlier this week, he shared his third ambient LP ‘My Mother’s Star’.
‘Your Excitement’ was the first taster shared by Myles, shared on his mother’s birthday, accompanied by a short film he created which he casts a lens on essential service retail outlets open in Dublin’s city centre, during the strict level 5 pandemic lockdown of January 2021. Video: https://youtu.be/GCezs4I4lW0
Speaking about the album, Myles says: “Due to the pandemic lockdown measures of January 2021 I found myself in the studio again. The process of making myself create a new sound every day was a routine that was key to nurturing my mental health and well-being at that time. I did a lot of experimenting with generative modular patches, looking to create happy accidents.
Increasingly through the process, there would form thoughts and memories of my mother. Inside the notes, scales, and sounds, her presence became ever more pronounced. I would then start each day with a meditation on her and begin creating sounds informed by the feelings that surfaced.
There were tough days where I was shadowed by the grief of her loss but in accessing that sorrow, so too did I unlock many memories of the joys we shared, especially in childhood. Investigating the shores of Blessington lake where we lived. Family holidays together. Her peaceful naps in the conservatory of our house. Nights driving home. Her car headlights illuminating rows of giant sleeping trees that would wake to dance and pirouette past us to the music she was playing. Eclectic. Vivaldi, Bach, Donna Summer, Hulio Iglesias.
During the lockdown, some days were uninspiring and revealed nothing to me at all, but it was the practice of trying that always meant I was closer to hitting on something positive. A total of 8 times the energy and warmth of her love would shine through the sounds I was generating like a gap in the clouds, and it’s those moments that have resulted in this album, ‘My Mother’s Star’.“
‘My Mother’s Star’ LP by [Indistinct Chatter] is out now all digital platforms.
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Kildare singer-songwriter Megan O’Neill celebrates the her second full length studio album, ‘Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty’ out now. This much anticipated album follows her LP ‘Ghost of You’ (June 2018) which hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts in the UK and Ireland.
“Finely crafted songs of defiance” – The Irish Times
‘Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty’ consists of 13 songs – 12 originals and one cover. It is mostly autobiographical, yet the songs touch on range of universal topics – struggles with career, fear of change, moving to a new city or away from somewhere you love, unhealthy relationships. The songs vary from intimate and vulnerable (‘Head Under Water’, ‘Winter Sun’, ‘Strangers Before We Met’) to confident and resilient (‘Underrated’, ‘Should’ve Known Better’) to lonely and wistful (‘Ireland’).
“This album was much more personal for me than any of my previous releases. I suppose I’m that bit older (and none the wiser!) – I feel that the more I learn about life the less I actually know about anything. That is where the title came from – ‘Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty’. I’ve had a lot of change in my life in the past two years and I’ve felt pretty battered by the whole process to be honest. But I do believe that all those tough times bring about growth – in a way that contentment and comfort never will. So I’m learning to just get comfortable with the uncertainty of life – it’s always going to change.” Megan says.
The recording process began in October 2018 in Leeds, UK, with Joe and Dave Dunwell whilst Megan was living in London. Megan had been working with The Dunwells for a few years previous and found a great creative chemistry there, whenever they wrote together or played music together.
“Writing and recording these songs was so cathartic. Joe and Dave were amazing and really pushed me outside my comfort zone when we were in the studio. We threw around ideas and they were always up for trying anything and everything, which really allowed me the creative freedom to explore. I couldn’t have made this record with anyone else.”
‘Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty’ blends elements of Irish folk story-telling (especially heard on the track ‘Ireland‘) with modern pop and alt-rock influences. Throughout the record, you’ll hear that the stories are the focus. The vocal melodies and lyrics take centre stage and the Dunwells provide beautiful, warm and soaring backing vocals throughout – creating an amazing sibling harmony blend.
Deemed a “rising star” by uDiscover and Timeout Magazine London, Megan’s new album has already received huge attention in the sync world, with one track featured in the opening scenes of a new major Netflix series, ‘Firefly Lane’, which aired March 2021. She also performed it live on RTÉ’s Late Late Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHvmfj51CQE
To date Megan has toured the UK, Ireland, US and Germany. She has performed at private Oscars’ parties in LA alongside Gavin James (on invite from JJ Abrams) and has had her song ‘Don’t You’ featured on ABC’s hit TV Show ‘Nashville’ (Season 3). In 2019 Megan opened three stadium shows for the legendary Sir Tom Jones. In the first few months of 2020, Megan opened for Lighthouse Family at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, and Jamie Cullum at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
Prior to her album ‘Ghost Of You’; Megan released two EP’s: ‘Coming Home’ (2015) – produced by Philip Magee (The Script, Kodaline) and ‘Stories to Tell’ (2017) – produced by Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler). She also released a single under Decca Records in collaboration with Ben Earle (The Shires) – ‘Can’t Put a Price on That’ (2016).
Live performances include main stage at the British Country Music Festival, C2C Festival, Body & Soul, Liverpool Folk Fest, The Long Road Festival, Nashville Meets London and much, much more! In early 2020, Megan finished work on a new project with Universal Music – performing as the lead female for a full compilation album. The project is set for a 100+ date tour across 2021 and 2022.
Megan O’Neill’s new album ‘Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty’ is out now. The album is available to buy on CD or digital, or stream on all digital platforms here: https://linktr.ee/meganoneill
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Local Boy is the alter-ego of Dublin musician, producer, singer, and Burner Records co-founder Jake Hurley. His new single ‘Al Bundy’ released recently landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, and has seen repeat plays on RTÉ 2FM, 98fm, Red FM & more. His previous releases have featured on other high-profile Spotify playlists such as “Lo-Fi Indie” and have subsequently amassed millions of plays on the platform between his own songs and collaborations with artists such as Tebi Rex.
The new song ‘Al Bundy’ was written, produced, mixed and mastered by Local Boy, and is built around the interplay of a bouncy guitar riff and a driving baseline.
Referencing the iconic sitcom ‘Married with Children’, Al Bundy explores heavy themes over a fun and danceable instrumental. The song is primarily a critique of the often-toxic self-help culture found online that can treat mental health interventions like a business.
Sharing the new video, Local Boy says, “I think this video matches the message and the vibe of the song perfectly. It was an absolute pleasure to bounce ideas off the director Daragh Goan and I was blown away by the talent and effort of everyone who worked on it. I’m really pleased with the finished product especially considering the constraints of shooting while maintaining social distance!”
Director Daragh Goan added “I wanted to use the Sitcom Dad character because we grew up watching men on screen, from The Simpsons to Al Bundy in Married with Children, work meaningless unfulfilling jobs and be sad as a result of it, and I wanted to ask what it would be like if one of them had a creative outlet or pursued something that made them happy.”
Having spent the pandemic working on music, Local Boy is gearing up for the summer 2021 release of his follow up EP ‘Local Boy Helps Himself’.
Buy/Stream the new single ‘Al Bundy’ here: https://linktr.ee/local_boy3000
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Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ie/artist/local-boy/18474169