Introducing: Clara Marie

26169983_750514198486370_8402429860600350865_n

Originally from Fermanagh, Clara Marie’s fledgling musical steps began singing la chanson française during a seven year sojourn in gay Paree. Inspired by the timeless nature of Parisian culture, her music carries with it the surreal quality of her time spent there.

Having returned to Ireland and now residing in Dublin, Clara teamed up with musician and producer Kayak (Hugh Cresswell) to fuse electronic elements with her classical style and in doing so, managed to create something rather special.

The first fruits of their labour is Clara Marie’s debut single ‘Boat or Bike’. Conjured up on a bridge in Amsterdam, it is a whimsical daydream of a song, with more than a mild dose of avante garde surrealism. It gently bobs along a steady waltzing beat, joined by spooky, twanging guitar and dripping keys and compelling, somewhat haunting, fluttering vocals completing the edgy fairground surrealism. ‘Boat or Bike’ is beguilingly hypnotic, tiptoeing the listener delicately into a transfixing haze. A spellbinding introduction to the delectable talents of Clara Marie.

You can treat yourself to the wondrous ‘Boat or Bike’ below now. And for those of you in Ireland, you can catch Clara Marie at Body & Soul and Electric Picnic this summer.

Country Priest – ‘Compromised’

28471889_1706458652726088_1096601014518600255_n

Taking their name from the 1954 Robert Bresson film, Diary of a Country Priest, Chicago foursome Country Priest – P.D. Young, Kylene Young, Drew Flippin & Mike Middleton – have a way with crafting earworm cuts of indie-rock.

A case in point being new single ‘Compromised’, lifted from Chicago outfit’s forthcoming EP, Icarus. Urgent, frenetic and armed with a mightily melodic hook, ‘Compromised’ purrs as it goes through gears, as percussion and guitars cut through with a mild layer of fuzz – and vocals grow, swell to soar above melodic, ear-pleasing fuzz below. Indie-rock can be a much maligned term but when done well, as is the case here, it is as rewarding as any genre.

Tune into ‘Compromised’ below, it’ll have you foot tapping away in no time at all.

 

Dilemma Season – ‘Fault Lines’

28947451_338162770028132_2706771048865363466_o

Dilemma Season is the musical alter ego of Vancouver, British Columbia-based artist and musician, Scott Hardy.

Through Dilemma Season, Hardy extricates an undeniable talent for evocative lyrics, the craft of songwriting and Americana-tinged alt-folk. ‘Fault Lines’ is an exemplary example of this as it rumbles, rolls and stomps its way into your heart. An irresistible track, Hardy’s distinctive vocals – sounding world-weary and wise – are first to suck you in, only to be joined by a gentle guitar which is intermittently cut with a stomping beat that eventually surges onward with an electrifying guitar and tidy riff work for an uptempo finish. A wonderful tune, with a hint of rawness yet beautifully crafted music. There’s a touch of Wilco, Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst to ‘Fault Lines’, an that is in no way a bad thing at all.

You can listen to ‘Fault Lines’ below. And if you like that, Dilemma Season’s latest record is available to digest here.

OMALOMA – ‘Bubblegum’

a3681834816_10

Beginning with ‘Ha Ha Haf’ in 2016 and ‘Aros O Gwmpas’ and ‘Eniwe’ a year later, Omaloma have carved out special space on the musical landscape with a series of blissful, spacey psych-pop singles.

Omaloma aka Welsh artist George Amor – formerly of now defunct Welsh psyche supremos Sen Segur – has added ‘Bubblegum’ to this burgeoning list of stellar singles.

‘Bubblegum’ is Amor’s first on vinyl, released as a 7″ single and download, it is utterly divine and arguably marks the high point of the project thus far. Sung in English and Welsh, ‘Bubblegum’ is a four minute sojourn to a spellbinding interstellar paradise. It coolly swaggers as it moves on by, leaving us in a dream-like state, with an alluring blend of slinky, synth-pop with psych brush strokes, woozy synth lines and Amor’s soft, soothing bilingual vocals. Instantly lovable, it breezes gracefully by with a seductive soulful underbelly and charm to woo you, so powerful is this that it will have you headed straight for repeated listens.

Tune in to ‘Bubblegum’ below and the 7″ and download can be found here.

Lord Salamander – ‘Sun Circle’

29541300_1762185463827221_4163234217945091624_n

I feel compelled to point you directly in the direction of this track for fear of losing you in the preamble, and thus you losing out on hearing this tune. Bear with me, it will be worth it.

Itching out from slabs of solid rock, burnt inside-out by the Southern-California-chemical-sun, comes the manic music of Lord Salamander – a foursome with devilish knack for cooking up powerfully potent and unconventional, yet irresistible psych-rock. Their latest ‘Sun Circle’ – lifted from their debut split with Garm will be out via Data Room Records on June 22 – sprawling barrage of relentless, spiralling freakout with the devil. Extraordinary searing riffs, unnatural rhythms cut through swaying bass lines, while a caustic barrage of drums keeps the unrelenting electrifying juggernaut on track, screeching through serrated layers of sonic energy. ‘Sun Circle’ is breathtaking, potent and feverish – and best consumed at high volumes.

Lord Salamander’s debut split with Garm will be out via Data Room Records on June 22. Tune into ‘Sun Circle’ below: