Introducing: Eoin Dolan

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Eoin Dolan is a singer-songwriter from Galway City, on the west coast of Ireland. Having released his debut EP, Placid Ocean in 2014, Dolan has recently joined forces with independent record label Citóg Records, to release his new EP Something Good.

Dolan has an inherent knack for twinkly, enchanting and whimsical, good old fashioned pop gems. These are easy-going and timeless songs blending a wonderful mix of surf/folk/pop, with elements of Brian Wilson, Syd Barrett and Lennon/McCartney threaded through the fabric of Dolan’s sound. Yet amid all the sinuous melodies, giddy-pop-playfulness and reverb-drenched vocals, there is a sombreness, nay a sadness at hand. Due in no small part to Dolan’s song-writing, which is steeped in the imagery and atmosphere of a vintage seaside town and we see the world through the eyes of an intuitive storyteller on the very top of his game. The beauty for the likes of ‘Something Good’ and ‘Heavenly Possessed’ flows from the juxtaposition enchanting and whimsical pop and the hint of melancholic sombreness.

Eoin Dolan’s Something Good EP is one of the finest wee releases to come my way so far this year; it’s a utter joy to behold. There are a few choice cuts below and Something Good is available, in full, from Bandcamp.

 

 

Anderson Announces New Single ‘The Existential Vacuum’, & Solo Tour

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‘The Existential Vacuum’ is the latest single to be lifted from Anderson‘s wonderful debut album, Patterns.

Released last year, the Dubliner’s debut is a gem of rare and beguiling beauty, it was one of 2015’s stand-out records, from Ireland or anywhere else. ‘The Existential Vacuum’ is a playful, jaunty number with rich and beautiful arrangement. In a mere two-and-a-half minutes, the new single captures the quintessence of Anderson’s sound, and why he’s a true treasure. Trading in ’60s/’70s influences, the arrangement is beautiful, from the stirred teaspoon clink, bubbling bass, irresistible keys and guitar jangle. A colourful and buoyant sound with a rhythmic twists amid some subtle off-kilter undercurrents and the self-evidently brilliant song-writing. Anderson has long been one of Ireland’s finest, it’s just great to see more and more people taking notice.

To coincide with the release of his new single, Anderson has announced a solo tour, taking in some of the country’s most intimate venues. Performing on solo piano and acoustic guitar, the shows will reveal and strip back, the origins of the songs on his richly arranged debut album, Patterns. The full list of dates are after the jump.

Check out ‘The Existential Vacuum’ below and Patterns can be found here.

Tour dates:

Friday April 22nd Cyprus Ave – Cork

Saturday April 23rd Whelan’s (Upstairs) – Dublin

Friday April 29th Joe Lee’s Bar – Tullamore

Saturday April 30th Roisin Dubh – Galway

Saturday May 7th Source Arts Centre – Thurles

Monday, May 9th New Theatre (James Connolly Festival 2016) – Dublin

Thursday May 12th Spirit Store – Dundalk

Friday May 13th Cunningham’s – Kildare

Tuesday May 17th Centre Culturel Irelandais – Paris

 

Weird Dreams – ‘Heaven’s Hounds’

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London-based Weird Dreams have existed in numerous forms over the past few years. Once a two-piece, a quartet and now the fully-fledged solo project of Doran Edwards, is set for a return with a new album, Luxury Alone.

Due out in June, the record is billed as a “collection of songs made over a four-year period of uncertain times in different rooms in various homes.” Due out in June, Luxury Alone is preceded by lead single ‘Heaven’s Hounds’, and oh my, what a return it is. A dreamy five-minute melodious marvel, it is a slow and steady builder, spliced with stellar synth, sizzling guitars and atmospheric sounds, topped off with Edwards’ alluring vocals. So, so good.

Weird Dreams’ new LP Luxury Alone (and follow up to the 2012 album Choreography), shall be with us in June,but before all that, the utterly amazing single ‘Heaven’s Hounds’, is out now via Tough Love. Check it below:

Boxed In and Formation Team Up for Speedy Wunderground Single, ‘Running Out’

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London-based quartet Boxed In – headed up by Oli Bayston – have teamed up with fellow Londoners, Formation, for a new single as part of Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label/project.

If you’re unfamiliar with Speedy Wunderground, here’s a recap: is a singles label where each release has been written and recorded in 24 hours, coordinated by Carey. The new single ‘Running Out’ sees the two bands collaboration deliver a fast-paced melody induced mix of dancey grooves and ravey tones, and more cowbells than you can shake a stick at. This is the first new material from Boxed In since their superb debut album, last year and the results are golden. ‘Running Out’ also heralds a new Speedy compilation. With the project up and running for two years now, a second compilation, ‘Speedy Wunderground – Year 2′, on 17th June, featuring tunes from Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Teleman and Telegram to name a few.

Plenty to look forward to in June, but for now, check ‘Running Out’ below.

 

Millions Like Us Podcast – Episode #12

 

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We’re thrilled to share yet another Millions Like Us Podcast with you all. It’s great to back with the latest in a series of music podcasts hosted by Justin & I, in conjunction with Vancouver news & culture site 604now.

On a bi-weekly basis we aim to provide  some lively and entertaining chat mixed with an eclectic selection of fabulous music from metro Vancouver and elsewhere. There’s plenty in there, well over an hour in fact, of great tunes and plenty of chat.

You can read more on it over here and of course, listen below (and the tracklist (with links) is after the jump too). You can subscribe to ‘Millions Like Us’ on iTunes & Podcast Republic or find us on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can email us at millionslikeuspodcast[at]gmail[dot]com.

2016 has been good to us so far, so thanks for all the support thus far and once again, thanks for listening! We hope you enjoy Episode #12. And last but not least, thanks to Caroline for the super image.

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Kelly Lee Owens – ‘1 Of 3′

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London-based producer, songwriter and vocalist Kelly Lee Owens has left quite a mark since debuting her own solo work last year – and long may her rising rep continue.

This week Kelly Lee Owens has shared her sublime new single called ‘1 of 3′. A song about empowerment, it is a moody, murky electronic pop number that nestles nicely, somewhere between pop and techno. It emerges from its ethereal origins like sunrise at dawn, imbued with an eerie mystique, which parts, making way of the squelching synths and acid-tinged electronics to kick in – and Lee Owens’ exquisite vocal is outstanding throughout. A splendid, and wholly unique return, showcasing her impressive talent and versatility. It also serves as a taster of what’s to be expected from her highly anticipated debut album.

No firm date on that debut album but you can check out ‘1 Of 3′ below, and we’ll keep you posted on the album.

Photo credit: Daniele Fummo

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Deep Sea Diver – ‘See These Eyes’

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Seattle-based indie-pop band, Deep Sea Diver is the creation of singer/songwriter/musician Jessica Dobson, who honed her craft touring with The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Beck.

Last month, Dobson and her band of cohorts released their second album Secrets, and it is pretty damn good. A diverse but cohesive exploration of experimental indie and powerful rock, with a pop sensibility lurking beneath. It’s an addictive and infectious record, filled with grit, power and control. Deep Sea Diver’s latest single take from their new album, ‘See These Eyes’ illustrates the beauty and brawn approach. A bright palette and luminescent spectrum of colourful sounds cavorts with the song’s buoyant and jaunty rhythm as Dobson’s vocals slide from powerfully emotive to beguiling whisper with an ease. This is just so good, and it is a sterling example of what awaits you on Secrets.

Secrets is out now on Deep Sea Diver’s own High Beam label. Purchase it here. You can check out ‘See These Eyes’ below, the video accentuates its colourful essence.

Deep Sea Diver play Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret, w/ Radiation City on March 17th – details here and full list of tour dates here.