Hannah Lou Clark – ‘It’s Your Love’

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‘It’s Your Love’ is the exhilarating new single from London’s Hannah Lou Clark, the first lifted from her It’s Your Love EP.

Due for release April 22nd on her own label Quatre Femmes, the record was crafted while undertaking extensive touring in support of her debut EP Silent Type. Giving a fresh perspective on things, she toyed with new ideas and interesting sounds and textures, and the results are impressive. Title track, ‘It’s Your Love’ is urgent and tense, and ultimately catchy, bright and a cracker. Smothered by the roughness of the chugging guitars and propelled by kicking retro drum machine loops, these combine with Hannah Lou Clark’s angelic vocals to concoct a perfect rock-pop recipe. With nods to ’90s US guitar-pop, this is a catchy ditty as spring begins to reveal itself. A prime cut of unbridled brilliance from an artist in full command of her powers and knowing, seemingly, how and when you unleash them to full effect.

Check out ‘It’s Your Love’ below. The full EP is out on April 22nd.

Introducing: Games Violet

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Games Violet is the Philadelphia-based Irish duo of Alexander Games and Emma Violet. Together the pair write, perform, record and produce ‘surrealist pop’ music in their home studio.

Originally from Dublin, they have just released their debut EP Nixie, into the world. Nixie is an elegant excursion into Games Violet’s surrealist and experimental world, littered with imaginative ideas and unique sounds. Otherworldly and eerily atmospheric recent single ‘Courtship’ demonstrates their raison d’etre, as it slips between beautiful and unsettlingly haunting. ‘Nixie’ is a similarly haunting piece of gothic pop that traverses an ominous mix of downtempo textures and atmospherics to remain peaceful yet simultaneously chilling. Closer ‘Gone’, is a downright unsettling and spooky, groove-driven wonky-pop. One other constant throughout is Violet’s ethereal vocals, which mesmerise and enchant in equal measure. Games Violet deliver more than their fair share of murky, chilling and foreboding qualities, but equally, there are utterly beautiful and spectacular moments too.

You can check out some choice cuts from Games Violet below and if they are to your liking, you can get at their debut EP Nixie, here.

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: