Talos aka Eoin French from Cork will release his second album, ‘Far Out Dust’, on BMG on 8 February, 2019. The album’s latest song to be released is a brilliant, visceral track called ‘The Light Upon Us’.
Of the track, French says: “It’s called ‘The Light Upon Us’ but, the idea of the light… it’s not a positive light. It’s one that erases things. It’s blinding. Sometimes things have to be destroyed for something else to be created. An acceptance that things are supposed to die at some point. Everything has an end.”
‘The Light Upon Us’ follows the release of the first single ‘See Me’ which has been featured on a batch of influential playlists (New Music Friday UK, Chill Vibes, Sad Indie).
Following tours with Peter, Bjorn and John and Editors late last year, Talos will be returning to the US this winter supporting Aurora. The band also play an intimate launch party in Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church on February 9th. All tour dates are below.
‘Far Out Dust’ — a stunning blend of organic and electronic music with a gorgeous sense of discovery and wonder — was written and recorded all over the globe, including New York City, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Cork, and Reykjavik. Where Talos’ acclaimed debut, ‘Wild Alee’, was a solitary affair about isolation and escape, ‘Far Out Dust’ finds Talos embarking on new journeys, drawing strength and comfort from lived experience and deep human connection. The result is both his most ambitious songwriting and most sophisticated studio work, a collection that radiates with creative confidence even as it wrestles with the pain of doubt and regret.
Part of that newfound confidence stemmed from the remarkable success of ‘Wild Alee’, which was met with such a rapturous critical and commercial response that French was able to leave his second life as an architect and university lecturer behind and devote himself to touring and recording full time. Hailed by the Irish Times as “a spectacularly assured debut,” the album was met with raves on both sides of the pond upon its release in 2017, with The Independent calling it “stunning” and the New York Times’ T Magazine praising the songs’ “taut, chilling complexity.” The record garnered love from BBC Radio 1, racked up more than 25 million streams on Spotify, made the shortlist for the prestigious RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.
For his next album, Talos knew he couldn’t rest on his laurels, and pushed himself to write some of his most expansive, exciting music to date. French and his longtime production partner Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1) shouldered much of the instrumental load on the album, in addition to working with producers like Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Wet), Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Feist) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire), who also contributed a number of mixes. They then handed over to mastering duties to Emily Lazar (Coldplay, Angel Olsen).
French’s conviction is apparent from the first moments of album opener ‘Boy Was I Wrong’, a soaring epic that builds from a falsetto whisper to an oceanic roar of layered synthesizers and powerful drums. Throughout the album, French conjures up vivid, cinematic scenes, utilizing a broad dynamic range to oscillate between hushed introspection and explosive ecstasy, often within the same song. The steamy ‘2AM’ captures the euphoric rush of a late-night physical connection, while the wistful ‘To Each His Own’ laments the revelation of unkind intention, and ‘The Light Upon Us’ juxtaposes the manic energy of madness and destruction with the eerily beautiful serenity that comes in its aftermath. In that sense, ‘Far Out Dust’ isn’t just an album written in transit between places, it’s an album written in transit between states: between darkness and light, between desperation and devotion, between death and life.
‘Far Out Dust’ Track List:
- Boy Was I Wrong
- The Light Upon Us
- The Light Interlude
- To Each His Own
- See Me
- The Flood
- On And On
- Let Go
- Dawn, The Front
- In The Fold
- Far Out Dust
Pre-Save and Pre-order ‘Far Out Dust’ HERE with instant downloads of ‘See Me’ and ‘The Light Upon Us’.
Talos tour dates:
14/1 – Magnolia – Milan, Italy #
15/1 – Les Docks – Lausanne, Switzerland #
18/1 – Palladium – Warsaw, Poland #
19/1 – VEGA – Copenhagen, Denmark #
9th February – Dublin Headline Album Release Show / The Pepper Cannister Church
13/2 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom #
14/2 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox #
15/2 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
17/2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom #
20/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre #
22/2 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park #
23/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
25/2 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #
27/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
1/3 – Chicago, IL @ Metro #
2/3 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall #
3/3- Montreal, QB @ Corona Theatre #
5/3 – Boston, MA @ Royale #
7/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
9/3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
10/3 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre #
# with Aurora
(Photo credit: Niall O’Brien)
Wild Youth, one of the hottest new bands in Ireland right now, have dropped the brand new music video for their current single ‘Making Me Dance’.
The single – released just last week on 4 Jan 2019 – is already setting Irish airwaves alight and breaking through internationally. The four piece are riding high after scoring a top ten spot on the much coveted New Music Friday UK playlist on Spotify and Apple Music’s Best Of The Week in the US whilst also being heralded as a band to watch by Brooke Reese on the Beats1 Chart Show.
Set to become one of the hottest acts of 2019 and beyond, Wild Youth embark on a nationwide tour across Ireland from 16 March 2019 to 6 April 2019, which will include their biggest ever headline show to date in the Olympia Theatre.
Wild Youth broke onto the scene in 2018 and have dominated the airwaves since, with massive hit single ‘Can’t Move On’ becoming the most played song by an Irish artist on Irish radio.
Nationwide Tour Dates
Saturday, 16th March – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Saturday, 23rd March – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Thursday 4th April – McHugh’s, Belfast
Friday 5th April – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Saturday 6th April – Dolan’s, Limerick
Bouts are about to re-emerge after 5 years to release and tour their new album ‘Flow’ out 25.01.2019 and available for Pre-Order now on Wonky Karousel Records. Recorded by Fiachra McCarthy ( Squarehead, Shrug Life, Switzerland, The Run Ons ), mixed by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung, Sweat Threats ) and mastered by TJ Lipple ( Bats, Jogging,Fugazi, MGMT ), ‘Flow’ will also be released on all digital platforms.
The 9-track album will be available on a limited run of 100 vinyl records – half of which will be sold exclusively on their UK & Irish tour which kicks off in London with two shows (Lion Coffee + Records and The Finsbury) on Saturday 26th Jan. The tour then moves to Ireland for a series of five shows starting in Galway’s Roisin Dubh (Upstairs -Wed 30th), Limerick’s Pharmacia (Thurs 31st), Cork’s Roundy (Fri 1st Feb), Dublin’s Underground ( Sat 2nd), and finishes up in Belfast’s Menagerie (Sun 3rd).
Tour support comes from some of Ireland’s most exciting indie bands including: Silverbacks, Oh Boland, New Dad, Laurie Shaw, Any Joy, Monday Villains, Kayleigh O’ Brien, Feather Beds, Shrug Life and Hot Cops.
Bouts are Barry Bracken (singer and guitars), Daniel Flynn (drums, percussion), Colin Boylan (guitar and keys) and Niall Jackson (bass, vocals). Formed in 2011, Irish indie-rock quartet have grown musically and personally over the last eight years and are now making the most fulfilling music of their lives. It’s been quite a journey. In Summer 2014, a year after the release of their debut album, “Nothing Good Gets Away”, and a frenetic early period of activity, lead singer Bracken relocated to Asia, while their bassist Jackson, moved to the UK. With only two members remaining in Ireland, they still found a way to keep writing, recording and releasing music through 2015 and 2016. This harmony brought the group closer together as friends and resulted in a richer, more focused melody driven guitar-pop. They have been championed by BBC’s Lauren Laverne, Phily Taggart & Stephen McCauley. They’ve shared stages with Cloud Nothings, Yuck and Johnny Marr among others, and graced many the festival stage around the world along the way. Now based between Dublin, London and Amsterdam, the band include Built to Spill, The Breeders, The Cribs, Dinosaur Jr., Grandaddy, Pavement, Pixies, Death Cab for Cutie and (early!) Weezer amongst their influences. This lineage leads directly into the new Bouts record which has been recorded over the course of the last two years in London, Dublin and the west of Ireland. Their contagious take on indie-rock is ready to take off again in 2019 as they return to touring after almost 5 years.
“ It’s as cathartic as it is exciting, brimming with indie dancefloor elegance and pummelling exhilaration” – The Line of the Best Fit
“An earworming masterstroke from the re-emerging four-piece… more potent and unapologetically unabashed than ever.” – Drowned in Sound
“More infectious than a virus in a horror B-movie” – Phily Taggart BBC Radio 1
Ever prolific Blek is preparing for the release of his fourth solo studio album in as many years.
Entitled ‘Thistle & Thorn’ it was recorded between Clonakilty, Co. Cork and Louisville, Kentucky during the early part of 2018. It features numerous collaborations with longtime musical partners Brian Casey and Davie Ryan as well as the addition of the ethereal voice of Joan Shelley and melodious fingerstyle folk guitar of Nathan Salsburg. This is John’s most complete and ambitious work to date.
It is due for release on the 1st of February 2019 through John’s own imprint WARR. To be followed by a 22nd March release through K & F Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Available on CD, download and heavy weight gatefold vinyl.
‘Salt in the Water’ from Blek’s last album Catharsis Vol.1, was nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards 2018 at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. It’s been a busy few years and it shows no sign of letting up. Endless tours and recording in Ireland, Europe, UK and USA keep the Irish troubadour busy.
He is a master storyteller and an inspiring live performer. His beautiful fingerstyle guitar and joyous vocal weave a tapestry that is as poignant as it is skilful. He is a true artist.
Ireland February/March Tour
Fri 1st Feb – Coughlan’s, Cork
Sat 2nd Feb – Inkwell Theatre, Minane Bridge
Fri 8th Feb – No Alibis, Belfast
Sat 9th Feb – Whelan’s, Dublin
Sun 10th Feb – Toal’s, Monaghan
Mon 11th Feb – Mick Murphy’s, Ballymore Eustace
Fri 1st Mar – The Greyhound, Kilkee
Thurs 7th Mar – Borris House, Carlow
Fri 8th Mar – The Washerwoman, Ballina
Sat 9th Mar – Ubh, Newbridge
Sun 10th Mar – The Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway
Fri 29th Mar – Weir Folk Club, Midleton
Sun 31st Mar – Connolly’s, Leap
Fergus Daly is an upcoming, Irish indie-rock artist. Despite only releasing his first song in December 2017, he has gone on to rack up over 50k listens on SoundCloud to date, not to mention over half a million cumulative views for his music videos!
Although always being musical and a music lover – it runs through his veins, he says – Daly was a late starter on the music scene, only setting off on this journey in earnest in autumn of 2016. The catalyst was upheaval in his personal life, a difficult episode which he channeled into his latent, untapped songwriting ability. A few months later he had produced sufficient material for an album, which he set about recording in Autumn 2019, in Jealoustown Studios, under the stewardship of Stuart Gray, his producer (who also plays guitar and keyboard on the album). The result was a collection of world-class songs, which surprised everyone, including Daly himself:
“It being my first foray into a studio, the process of discovering my sound and voice was more of an iterative and evolutionary one than something set in stone from the get-go, asI was open – and still am – to so many influences. But am so happy with the outcome …”
And his influences are certainly both broad and wide, spanning from every decade since the 50’s, with Led Zeppelin, The Doors, U2 and Oasis probably being the top of the long list, which also includes solo artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran and David Gray. This eclectic mix probably goes some way to explaining the unique, unmistakable yet fresh sound he went on to create, with rock influences being pronounced in certain songs, such as Soldier Boy, and folk influences evident in others (such as Riddle – which lent it’s name to the album), characterised by a rich lyrical content, something that runs like a seam through all his work. And although all the songs on the album are personal in nature some are more so than others:
“I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve in this album … in terms of concept, I think it’s an attempt at an honest portrayal of myself: a bundle of contradictions … hence the title … each song representing a different side of me … some being deeply personal, being forged from a difficult period in my life … But I hope, despite that, their appeal is universal in nature …”
Ahead of their appearance at the sold out 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of The ISPCC in the 3Arena, IMRO took the opportunity to present Keywest with two IMRO Awards in recognition of their number one albums ‘Joyland’ and ‘True North’.
The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland.
Keywest is a multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling independent artist from the UK and Ireland. They are a 4 piece band that has created an infusion of folk, rock and pop. They began playing on the cold streets across Ireland “busking” initially just to survive and pay the rent. However, from their first performance in this environment it was evident there was something special was happening, the band began pulling crowds and blocking up streets everywhere they played.
They have now sold over 150,000 physical CDs. The band decided to stay independent and set up their own label, rather than going a traditional route due to the success, as they wanted to continue to develop and hone their performance and sound.
From the streets, they have gone on to sell out tours across the UK and Ireland, secure two number one albums in Ireland. The band has now signed with promoters MCD promotions in Ireland and SJM promotions in the UK for their tours. Keywest is now a main stage act at Ireland’s largest music festivals, including Electric Picnic (Ireland largest music festival), Independence, and Longitude. Street shows, venue tours, and festivals tours all under their belt they have played now well in excess of 300+ shows. They have also played arena support slots to the likes of Bastille, Bryan Adams, Kodaline and more.
Irish artist Chirpy (aka Rebecca Shannon) shares a new vivacious video for her track ‘Another Version’ from the self-titled debut album released back in June. The album has received a steady stream of praise from online tastemakers and international blogs. The video was directed and produced by David Ferguson of Suddenly Dance in Canada. (suddenlydance.ca)
Chirpy’s style on this album combines a mixture of alternative dream pop, shoegaze and indie rock with electronic elements.
Rebecca says: ‘Another Version’ is a pretty self-explanatory track about remaining the version of yourself that others want you to be, or have encouraged you to be instead of breaking through the suffering and allowing the true version of yourself to be. For some reason we are attracted to that wheel of self-torture when there’s nothing to be afraid of’.
Talos (a.k.a. Eoin French) has debuted the video for new single ‘See Me’ via Flood Magazine. Says Flood, “‘See Me’ is a breezy orchestral affair positioning Eoin French’s soaring Ezra Koenig falsetto over downbeat boom-bap electronics,” while calling the video “equally as lush” as the song itself. Watch it HERE. The track was produced by Talos, Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow) and mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire).
Says French about the video, “The ‘See Me’ lyrics were partly inspired by the life of serial killer Ed Kemper. For the video, it would have been an easy thing to pick up on this dark subject matter and make something directly inspired by it. Instead what we have is, in a way, a sort of prequel to his life. We are confronted with innocence and humanity, and a character that finds himself in a world where he is an outsider seeking his place in it.”
Following a recent UK tour with Editors and a US string of dates supporting Peter, Bjorn and John, Talos will return to North America to support Aurora on their tour in early 2019. Full tour details below.
Talos Tour Dates:
12/21 Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
12/22- Roisin Dubh, Galway
12/26- Connolly’s, Leap
12/30- Connolly’s, Leap
2/13- Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver #
2/14- The Showbox, Seattle #
2/15- Wonder Ballroom, Portland #
2/17- The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco #
2/20- The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles #
2/22- The Observatory North Park, San Diego #
2/23- Valley Bar, Phoenix #
2/25- Bluebird Theater, Denver #
2/27- First Avenue, Minneapolis #
3/01- Metro, Chicago #
3/02- Danforth Music Hall, Toronto #
3/03- Corona Theatre, Montreal #
3/05- Royale, Boston #
3/07- Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn #
3/09- Union Transfer, Philadelphia #
3/10- Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC #
# with Aurora
Stream/Download “See Me” HERE
Indie folk artist Peco has announced plans for an Irish Tour which will also coincide with his debut solo album on Feb 15th.
The former frontman of indie folk rock band ‘Valentine Black’ , has spent much of the last 12 months in JAM studios with Martin Quinn and the first single ‘Monster’ will be available from Jan 11th.
The debut album takes influences from across multiple genres of music, in his lyrics you can hear influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Ryan Adams and musically, melodies bands such as The Cure would fit with.
Apr 11th – Whelans , Dublin
Apr 12th – Cleeres, Kilkenny
Apr 13th – Pharmacia, Limerick
Apr 14th – Spirit Store, Dundalk
Apr 26th – Monroes, Galway
For ticket info check out www.pecomusic.com
Irish Musician Dermot Kennedy has today been announced as one of ten Artists included on the BBC Sound of 2019 Longlist. The BBC Sound of list aims to showcase the most exciting rising stars in music and has previously tipped Sigrid, Years & Years, Haim, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Adele. The top 5 Artists from the longlist will be announced in January, 2019.
2018 has been a phenomenal year both home and abroad for the Irish Artist. Having sold over 75,000 tickets across a worldwide tour, Dermot played sold out headline shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and Vicar street and had one of the most talked about performances at this year’s Electric Picnic.
His music continues to rack up phenomenal streaming stats with over 300 Million global streams, including over 1.2 million streams for his latest single “Power Over Me”.
In addition to the BBC Sound of 2019 list, Dermot Kennedy has also been included on Youtube Music’s ‘Ones To Watch 2019’, NPR’s Slingshot Artist of 2018, Ticketmaster New For 2019 shortlist, MTV Push One’s To Watch 2019 and RTE 2FM’s Rising List 2018.
Check out the official music video for “Power Over Me” below:
Dermot Kennedy plays four sold out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in May, 2019. More new music to follow from Dermot next year too!
Dermot Kennedy newly announced Tour Dates
May 6th 2019 – Bristol O2 Academy
May 7th 2019 – Birmingham O2 Institute
May 8th 2019 – London O2 Academy Brixton
May 10th 2019 – Glasgow Barrowlands
May 11th 2019 – Manchester Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
May 13th 2019 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
May 14th 2019 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
May 15th 2019 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
May 16th 2019 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
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