Introducing: Simen Mitlid

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Simen Mitlid is a precociously talented singer-songwriter hailing from the woodlands of Os, Norway, crafting lush, Nordic indie-folk a la contemporaries like Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene and Patrick Watson.

Recorded in vivid locales including his hometown cabin, Oslo and Vancouver, his debut LP, Everything is the Same is a charming record, imbued with a warm inviting glow, optimism and playful wonder. Most recently lifted from the record is ‘This Time’; a magical, soothing, and endearingly optimistic gem. Opening slowly with a delicate acoustic guitar and rich emotive vocal, before being ushered gently forward with a swell of twinkling keys, chimes, percussion and gentle hand claps as pure and really beautiful female vocals come to the fore. Title track, ‘Everything is the Same’ sounds much more world-weary and melancholic, yet marked by an understated optimism. Again a gentle strum leads the way, giving space for tender, touching emotion to surge and swell. There is a real strength in the songwriting and in the vocals too, which offer a real delicacy in their delivery. These are charming, beautiful and warm folk songs with intricate and sharp arrangements – and the album is a delight.

Simen Mitlid’s debut album Everything is the Same is out now, and you can listen to it here.

As a taster, ‘This Time’ & ‘Everything is the Same’ are below for your aural pleasure.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #26

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A regular slot on blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past seven days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more crackin’ tunes. Well, without further ado, here’s #26 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist. Get stuck into the tunes & enjoy the weekend! You can follow me on Spotify here.

Freedom Fry – ‘Strange Attraction’

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For a long time now, we’ve been bestowing lavish and much warranted praise upon Freedom Fry – and why not?

Over the past few years, the LA based indie pop duo have become serial offenders when it comes to catchy, bright and lovable cuts of indie-pop. And in keeping with this very welcome tradition, Freedom Fry have repeated the trick with their latest single ‘Strange Attraction’. Unbelievably addictive, it sparkles with a buoyant disco vibe and shimmers with a sugary sweet goodness. The summery sheen, catchy hooks and  gorgeous and nimble  gorgeous boy/girl vocal interplay make it impossible to resist its allure and will, no doubt, plaster a smile on your face. A wonderful and utterly divine piece of guitar-pop which sits nicely alongside their previous singles.

Listen to ‘Strange Attraction’ below and if that is to your liking, and it will be, their new EP, Strange Attraction, is out now.

Eoin Dolan Announces New Album; Shares ‘Good Human Being?’

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Eoin Dolan, one of Ireland’s finest songwriters, has announced he will release his second full length album Ubique, on the September 22, in association with Citog Records.

Ubique is the follow-up to Dolan’s wonderful, self-titled 2016 debut, and as a taster for his forthcoming new LP, Galway musician and singer-songwriter has shared new single ‘Good Human Being?’ with us. Aptly described by the man himself as “an existential lament to a world of the future where humans travel to the stars, searching for comfort and solace in the darkness of space” – ‘Good Human Being?’ exudes all the brilliance that’s marked out Dolan and his work thus far. It is woozy, waltzing and enchanting psych-pop perfection, with an abundance of sinuous melodies. laid-back and spaced-out vibes. In truth, it is hard not to be taken by this wonderful, woozy number.

Ubique will be released on September 22 through Citóg Records and will be launched as part of the Notions Festival on Inis Oirr Island, followed by a tour Iceland from October 6 to 16.

Listen to ‘Good Human Being’ below now.

Incoming: A Quick Chat With The Burning Hell

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THE BURNING HELL is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from the chaos of Glastonbury to the loneliness of the Arctic Circle, popping up in bars, festival tents, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France along the way.

Musically, the lineup and sound of the Burning Hell has been ever-changing, running the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll; meaning no two Burning Hell records sound alike.

In the company of incredibly witty, humorous lyrics and a real knack for storytelling, listeners are treated to a vivid adventure through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.

As The Burning Hell prepare to release studio album #8, they have embarked on a ferocious tour across Europe & N. America, and this Saturday, September 23, they roll into Newbridge town, for an intimate and special Broken Home show, with support from local indie merchants Fresco Future.

Ahead of the weekend’s show I caught up with The Burning Hell’s Mathias Kom, to chat about the project, touring and all things music.

Tell us a little bit about The Burning Hell. How did it come about? Where did the name come from?

“Ages ago, some lunatic religious zealot handed me a tract with a shitty-looking devil on the front that said “The Burning Hell” on it in fiery letters, and it was all about how good deeds won’t save you from Satan’s jaws, et cetera. At that exact moment I had been wondering what to call this new folky recording project I had started; the name seemed perfectly inappropriate, and it’s been that way ever since.”

Your lyrics are all incredibly witty, humorous and you’ve a real knack for storytelling? Is that something that’s particularly important for you to get across when writing the songs?

“Thank you, and yes—I find it amazing how many songwriters treat lyrics as an afterthought, since to me there’s not a lot of point in singing intelligible words if they’re not going to be compelling or at least not completely asinine. To paraphrase Thumper the cartoon rabbit: if you can’t sing anything interesting, don’t sing anything at all.”

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